LEARN
TO SWIM

THE FORUM POOL
SWIMMING LESSONS

The Forum Swim Academy offers a unique range of learning and development programs for all ages and abilities in a bright, happy and safe environment. We promote water awareness, confidence, safety, fitness, stroke development and teach without the use of floatation aids.

Enrolments are open for baby swimming lessons, toddlers and school aged children wanting to improve their ability via swim squad training, right through to adult swimming lessons. Our swim program allows you to continue your swimming to a competitive level.

All students are enrolled on an ongoing basis with payment being made fortnightly via direct debit. All coaches are qualified with the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), and instructors and lifeguards hold current AUSTSWIM and Royal Life Saving qualifications.

Newcastle University Sport – The Forum is a registered COVID Safe business. The Forum University and The Forum Harbourside are operating in compliance with NSW and Federal Government COVID-19 restrictions.

LEARN NEW SKILLS FOR LIFE!

WATER AWARENESS

STROKE DEVELOPMENT

SWIM CLUB

SAFETY & SURVIVAL

SQUAD TRAINING

HOLIDAY INTENSIVES

New to The Forum? Book your child in for a free learn to swim assessment to find the right class level for them. All new customers over 2 years of age require an assessment prior to enrolling in our learn to swim or swim squad classes.

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OUR SWIM PROGRAMS

Classes are available for children six months of age through to adults and all students are enrolled on an ongoing basis with payment being made fortnightly via direct debit. Our swim program allows you to continue your swimming through to a competitive level.

WATERBABIES


Baby swimming lessons cover water familiarisation with parent / carer.

Parent/carer will need to be in the water with their child at all times.

Songs and simple activities are used to introduce your child to the water and make them feel comfortable and confident. It is recommended the parent / carer wear a suitable rash shirt or T-shirt when attending classes as this assists in teaching the child to cling to the parent for safety.

The child is required to wear a suitable nappy which will minimise leakage.

Session duration:
30 minutes

New to The Forum?
Book your child in for free assessment to find the right class level for them. All new customers over 2 years of age require an assessment prior to enrolling in our learn to swim or swim squad classes. Click here to book your assessment.

YELLOW 1


Independent water confidence and survival skills.

This is your child’s first experience of a class without their parent / carer.

Classes have up to four participants and instructors are never more than three metres from the children, with a Pool Deck Supervisor in attendance at the same time. 

Session duration:
30 minutes

YELLOW 2


Advanced safety skills and introduction to freestyle.

Your child will continue to have the safety skills reinforced as well as learn extra skills to corroborate their safety. Freestyle skills are introduced to begin the process of learning this stroke in full. There will be up to four participants in this class.

Session duration:
30 minutes

YELLOW 3


Learn correct freestyle and backstroke technique.

Freestyle and backstroke will be taught with a focus on technique, in a simple and methodical way. Technique is a focus at The Forum without compromising on the safety aspect. There can be up to four participants in this class.

Session duration:
30 minutes

New to The Forum?
Book your child in for free assessment to find the right class level for them. All new customers over 2 years of age require an assessment prior to enrolling in our learn to swim or swim squad classes. Click here to book your assessment.

RED 1


Refine freestyle and backstroke technique whilst increasing distance.

Now that your child has a basic command of these strokes, they will swim a further distance and complete their drills more independently. There can be up to four participants in this class.

Session duration:
30 minutes

RED 2


Increase distance while maintaining technique in freestyle and backstroke. Introduce breaststroke and develop correct technique.

This level will see your child swimming more continuously while the instructor continues to monitor their technique. Breaststroke skills are broken down and introduced as your child grasps each concept in turn. There can be up to six participants in this class.

Session duration:
30 minutes

RED 3


Continue maintaining technique and increase distance for freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Introduce butterfly and develop correct technique. Develop starts, turns and streamlines.

The swimmer will progress to the 25 metre area in Red 3. While technique is still monitored, this will be enhanced through the use of drills completed over a number of laps.

Butterfly will be introduced step by step. 

Racing skills such as starts and turns will also be a part of the lesson in preparation for squad participation. There can be up to nine participants in this class.

Session duration:
45 minutes

New to The Forum?
Book your child in for free assessment to find the right class level for them. All new customers over 2 years of age require an assessment prior to enrolling in our learn to swim or swim squad classes. Click here to book your assessment.

We have 4 squad programs allowing you to continue your swimming to a competitive level.

Equipment needed for Blue stage of the Swim Academy includes goggles, swim cap, flippers, mesh bag and drink bottle.

BLUE 1


Improve and maintain correct technique in all four strokes. Reinforce streamlining, introduce race rules and refine the basic skills of dives and turns. Sessions are 60 minutes in duration and you are able to choose a membership that allows you to train once, twice or three or more times per week.

Session duration:
60 minutes

Current Blue 1 members, book your session below.

BLUE 2


Designed to enable members flexibility in their training plan. You can train once, twice or three+ sessions per week with no minimum requirement. Members of this squad may be focussed on school carnivals, local meets, cross-training for other sports, or be too busy with other commitments to adhere to a minimum training standard.

This squad is not a reflection of ability, but of availability...some of our past Blue 2 members have been Iron men and women, champion tri-athletes, and adult masters competitors. Our Blue 2 squads are designed to challenge and improve your fitness, whilst developing your skill and technique in a fun and stress-free environment.

Session duration:
90 minutes

Current Blue 2 members, book your session below.

BLUE TARGET


Our Target squad is designed to identify, develop and prepare our younger members for competition at NSW Country and State Championships. Target members will be required to maintain a minimum of 3 sessions per week (5 is preferred) and are encouraged to join the NUSwim Club.

Training volumes and intensity will be age appropriate, with a weekly training plan designed to improve speed, skill and endurance in preparation for these championship meets. Should a member be unable to adhere to the minimum training requirements they will be required to move to an alternative squad.

Session duration:
90 minutes

Current Blue Target members, book your session below.

BLUE PERFORMANCE


This is our premier training squad. Members are required to maintain a minimum of 5 sessions per week (7 sessions is preferred) and must be active members of the NUSwim Club. An annual training program will be designed for Australian Age and Open qualification. Should a member be unable to adhere to the minimum training requirements they will be required to move to an alternative squad. (Injury, illness and HSC/Uni study requirements will be considered).

Session duration:
120 minutes

Current Blue Performance members, book your session below.

All Swim Academy members are encouraged to join the NUSwim Club

NUSwim swimming club has been established since 2002. The club is based at the Newcastle University's Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre, which includes the region's only 50m indoor heated pool. This ensures maximum comfort and enjoyment for the entire year.

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/nuswimswimming

Affiliated With: https://nsw.swimming.org.au

Main Contact: Club Secretary. Attn: NUSwim Swim Club via, Front Reception, The Forum, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308

Email: nuswim.secretary@hotmail.com

New to The Forum?
Book your child in for free assessment to find the right class level for them. All new customers over 2 years of age require an assessment prior to enrolling in our learn to swim or swim squad classes. Click here to book your assessment.

SWIM ACADEMY HOLIDAY INTENSIVE PROGRAMS


Our swimming intensive program is run over consecutive days during school holidays. The Forum Swim Academy holiday intensive program is ideal for all children from beginners through to competitive swimmers. Our Holiday Intensive Program is for Yellow 1, Yellow 2, Yellow 3, Red 1, Red 2 and Red 3 levels.

Holiday Intensive Benefits

  • Structured daily lesson extended an extra 15 minutes for all classes except our Yellow 1
  • Re-enforcement of skills and repetition of drills on a daily basis sees your child improve more quickly
  • More than half a term's worth of lessons covered in one week

SWIMMING LESSON ENQUIRIES

Here at The Forum we focus on ensuring your membership experience is a positive one. Select your enquiry below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

My child is a member of The Forum Swim Academy, how do I book into lessons?

Select your child’s level above and follow the link to log in or reset your password on the member portal. Once in, you can find a class day and time that suits you and follow the enrolment steps.

If you are unable to secure your preferred day and time, please email aquatics@theforum.org.au and we will place you on our waitlist.

Instructor names cannot be guaranteed. If you require a specific instructor please email aquatics@theforum.org.au and we will place your request on our waitlist.

My child is new to The Forum program. How do I know which level they should be in?

Is your child under the age of 2 years? If so, you can enrol straight into our Waterbabies class online. Follow the link above and sign up as a new guest using the Join Now link. Please note: sign yourself up as the parent and then once in the portal, add a family member (being your child) through the Account tab.

If your child is over the age of 2, please book a free assessment on a Saturday 11.30am or Sunday 11.30am.

I need to take a break and request to put my membership on timestop

Email aquatics@theforum.org.au with the dates you would like to have suspended.  Please note, all timestop requests are assessed per clause 4.7.B of our terms and conditions.

I would like to cancel my Swim Academy enrolment

Email aquatics@theforum.org.au with your cancellation request. Please note, all cancellation requests are assessed per clause 4.7.A of our terms and conditions.

I have a general enquiry

Email aquatics@theforum.org.au if you have an enquiry that isn’t answered from information on this webpage.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are swimming lesson term dates?

The Forum Swim Academy aligns its term dates with NSW school terms.  2021 dates as follows:

  • Term 1 – Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
  • Term 3– Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
  • Term 4– Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December
What are swimming lesson fees?

Learn to Swim fees are $17 per lesson, booked ongoing and payable fortnightly via direct debit.

How do participants check in?

Check in will be made at reception when you arrive at The Forum. You will receive a membership card for scanning at consequent visits. Children and spectators of the program will undergo a temperature check before proceeding to the Aquatic Centre. The Pool Deck Supervisor will guide your child to the correct class. Spectators are required to return to the grandstand once their child’s class commences. 

What do I need to bring?

Appropriate swimwear is required. You may choose to bring cap and goggles for your child to gain the most from their lesson. These items are not mandatory. Bring sufficient warm clothing to wear after the lesson during the Winter months.

Do I need to pay a spectator fee?

No spectator fee is required. If you wish to swim while your child is participating in their lesson you are required to pay for a casual visit at reception.

Do you offer make up lessons?

No make up lessons will be provided. A credit will be applied to your account when a medical certificate is provided, if approved by management.

Sessions cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or closures will be automatically credited to your child's account.

My child is new to The Forum program. How do I know which level they should be in?

All new customers require an assessment prior to enrolling. Assessments are held every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am.  Bookings are required and can be made online here. If your child is under two years of age, they will automatically qualify for our Waterbabies classes.

What hygiene etiquette should I be following?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends hygiene and other measures to reduce the general risk of infection:

  • Frequently cleaning hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth or nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
  • If you or your child have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider.

This situation is evolving and we ask members to continue to check the below websites for the latest updates and guidance:

Department of Health - Coronavirus health
The World Health Organization

How is The Forum ensuring the health of members and staff?

The health and safety of our staff, members, participants, and the broader community is our number 1 priority. The Forum will be operating within its COVID Safe Framework and Safety Standards to preserve your safety, and the safety of our staff and community, while participating in the Forum Aquatic programs. 

You can view our Forum Safety Standards and COVID Safe Framework on our website. We are also employing the latest advice from Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), Department of Health and NSW State Government.

The Forum Swim Academy is a registered Active Kids provider.

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THEY'LL FEEL LIKE AN
OLYMPIAN IN OUR NEW POOL

We offer learn to swim programs all year round, as well as holiday intensive programs in Newcastle's newest state of the art 50m indoor heated pool. We have recently undergone substantial renovations and are excited to invite our Forum family back to enjoy the new and improved Forum swimming pool.

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CLEAN POOL POLICY

We have a “Clean Pool Policy” where we strive to continuously provide the cleanest environment for you and your children to learn to swim and enjoy. With a combination of best quality minerals and cleaning agents we maintain our pool to the highest possible standard whilst reducing skin irritation.

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The University of Newcastle,
130 University Drive,
Callaghan NSW 2308

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