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VICSWIM seeks to ensure that all Victorian children have the opportunity to access water safety, survival and swimming programs, that maximize safety and attitudes ensuring confidence and the ability to enjoy aquatic environments  

VICSWIM programs are conducted by fully qualified and experienced teachers and are targeted to the abilities and age of the participants.


2024 VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program Report is now availble for download.

VICSWIM Summer Kidz 2024 Report

VICSWIM has provided Victorians with fun and educational aquatic holiday programs since 1976. 

VICSWIM focuses on learn to swim and water safety skills, both in pools and open water venues across the state. VICSWIM now offers new programs to meet an increasing community demand for swimming and safety skills and knowledge.

The VICSWIM program is an intensive learn to swim and water safety program held over the first three weeks of January. The program introduces children from the age of 4 and above to swimming and survival skills during a 30 minute lesson, conducted over 5 consecutive days. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in one, two or all three weeks of the program. The VICSWIM Summer Kidz program complements Active Victoria – a strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria 2017 - 2021, which has the vision to “increase the proportion of Victorian’s participating in sport and recreation” and has the four key pillars of healthier Victorians, economic growth and jobs, community cohesion and liveability.

The evolution and success of VICSWIM remains vital in our nation's fight to reduce drowning deaths to zero

40% of parents indicated the VICSWIM program was the only swimming lessons their children had participated in during the last 12 months, strengthening ARV’s determination to continue the important work of the VICSWIM program in partnership with the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria and to increase the community benefits of the program.

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