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School swimming and water safety

Teachers and parents/carers can find information on school swimming and water safety programs and learning resources.


Updated on 11 October 2021

Program suspended in Term 4

Due to the impact of COVID-19 across New South Wales, School Swimming and Water Safety for centrally run programs has regrettably been suspended for all of Term 4 2021.

Schools that can comply with public health and departmental guidelines may choose to operate a school-based program.

Communication with impacted schools will be made directly regarding options for rescheduling or funding arrangements.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Program registration

Registrations for the 2021/2022 season have closed. Please contact the School Swimming and Water Safety office to enquire about late registration options.

Stay water safe this summer!

About the program

As Australians, we spend a lot of our time in and around the water; it’s a big part of our culture. For this reason, it’s important that our students learn water safety and survival skills, so that they can continue to enjoy aquatic activities.

To help achieve this goal, the Department of Education (DoE) runs the School Swimming and Water Safety Program. This is a Government-funded program that is free for students. All that’s required is that the schools meet pool entry and transport costs. 


Main contacts

14-22 Loftus Street


02 9508 5517

02 9508 5500

Program coordinator
Steve Clancy

Regional administration officer
Chris Molyneux

6623 5955