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Home Lessons

Home lessons involve an instructor travelling to you. All you need is access to your own pool. We mainly travel to homes in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Inner City.

Lessons can be conducted throughout the spring/summer months in outdoor backyard pools, and can continue throughout the year for people with access to an indoor pool.

This is a convenient alternative to swimming in a commercial swim school as children are in a familiar environment with fewer distractions. It can also be a more time effective solution for parents with more than one child as you can group all their lessons at the same time!


Home classes are paid for either as a single one off lesson or as a package of 5, 10 or 15 classes at a time. The more you buy at a time the bigger discount you receive!

The prices are all flat rates with a maximum of 4 per class. Many families choose to share a lesson with a couple of other children in order to make it cost effective. We also recommend that children sharing a lesson be of a similar age and level in order to get the most out of the swimming lesson.

Basic Learn To Swim Packages

The prices indicated below are per class and are the flat rate for the group (maximum 4 per group)

Single class 5 classes 10 classes 15 classes
30mins $70 $65 $60 $55
45mins $85 $80 $75 $70
60mins $105 $100 $95 $90


Parent/Baby & Toddler Group Pricing

The prices indicated below are per class and are the flat rate for the group (maximum 8 per group)

4 classes 10 classes 15 classes
30 minute class $95 $85 $75


Adult Class Pricing

The prices indicated below are per lesson and are the flat rate for the group (maximum 8 per group)

4 classes 10 classes 15 classes
45mins $85 $75 $70
60mins $100 $95 $90



Booking process

Once a lesson time and date has been discussed please ensure you complete a booking form for home lessons. If multiple families are sharing one lesson please ensure that each family completes a booking form for their child.

Once all booking forms are received you will then be emailed an invoice for the first month’s fees. Once we receive payment your lesson will be confirmed.

Hours of operation

Available Monday to Saturday 7am – 7pm

We operate throughout school term and school holidays on request, however we do not conduct swim lessons on public holidays.

Swimming equipment

The instructor will provide all swimming aids and equipment, however it is preferable for children to have their own goggles.

Make up policy

We understand that sometimes the weather and illness prevent lessons from going ahead. Please ensure you read our make up policy and terms & conditions before booking home lessons.

Types of swim classes

Parent & baby classes (Ducklings Level)

Our parent and baby program is a great way for babies to experience an aquatic environment. These classes are for babies from 6months to 24months of age. Our qualified instructors explain safe and secure techniques for holding babies in the water. They also guide you through fun and stimulating activities that let babies explore their aquatic surroundings and develop a basic understanding of water and safety skills.

The recommended water temperature for preschool and infant aquatics is 32 degrees C, so it is important that your pool is adequately heated for these lessons. If your pool is not well heated we recommend taking a look at the classes we offer at the Wairoa School in North Bondi.


Toddler transition – 2-3 yrs (Crab level)

As babies develop into toddlers we understand they go through many changes as they become more aware of their surroundings.  At this stage many begin to develop their independence in the water whilst still having the safety & security of a parent or carer nearby.

Classes are 30min long with no more than 4 parent/toddlers per group.

The parent/carer role in a toddler transition class is still very important. Demonstration and manipulation plays a big part in developing a toddler’s skills and coordination. We believe that learning through supervised exploration constitutes for a safe learning environment.


Learn to swim

The AquaBuddies Learn To Swim program focuses on developing the foundations for a correct swimming technique. Our experienced staff will help children develop swimming skills at their own pace. They are flexible with lesson plans and tailor activities to meet each child’s individual needs. They also show children their boundaries as they learn about the importance of water safety.

AquaBuddies Instructors are provided with continuous training and development to ensure our service is of the highest standard. They’re also friendly, approachable and love working with children!

Learn To Swim caters for preschool through to school aged children. The program covers 6 main levels.

1. Turtle

Turtles are usually at preschool age. They are normally at a level where they feel happy and confident in the water without a parent or carer. They are also at a level where they can follow basic instructions from the teacher.

Here are some of the skills we aim to develop in these classes

  • Submerging themselves under water happily and begin reaching for objects.
  • Kicking and paddling with a noodle or kickboard
  • Front and back floating with a board
  • Jump to an adult and turn back to the side of the pool
  • Mastering strength to climb out of the pool
  • Introduction to lifting head to breathe and assisted swim, lift and breathe
  • Reinforce water safety skills and boundaries

2. Goldfish

Goldfish are usually advanced preschool aged children or early primary school age. At this stage Instructors build upon the skills learnt as a Turtle, as they continue to gain strength and start to show more coordination.

3. Platypus

At this level Instructors begin to teach 6basic freestyle and backstroke technique. As children gain more coordination – practice makes perfect!

Here are some of the skills we aim to develop in these classes:

  • Basic freestyle arms with side breathing
  • Kicking on front and back with kick board unassisted
  • Assisted backstroke arms
  • Seated dives – understanding the risks associated with diving into water.
  • Retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool at the shallow end
  • Reinforcement of water safety.

4. Frogs

Frogs are typically primary school aged children who have learnt the basics of freestyle and backstroke. We refine these skills and also introduce the new challenge of breaststroke kick.

Here are some of the skills we aim to develop in these classes:

  • Swimming basic freestyle correctly for approx 10m
  • Swimming basic backstroke correctly for approx 5m
  • Introduction to bilateral freestyle breathing
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick
  • Attempting to retrieve objects from the deep end of the pool
  • Performing a basic standing dive

5. Seal

Seals are typically stronger than frogs and have started to develop coordination in their breaststroke kick. At this level instructors introduce the other components associated with swimming breaststroke.

Here are some of the skills we aim to develop in these classes:

  • Swimming 15m of freestyle using correct bilateral breathing
  • Swimming 15m using correct backstroke technique
  • Developing breaststroke kick coordination
  • Introduction to breaststroke arm movement
  • Introduction to breaststroke-timing sequence
  • Performing a basic dive followed by swimming

6. Swordfish

Swordfish are able to swim 25m of freestyle and backstroke using the correct technique. Through practice they also continue to develop their breaststroke.  At this level instructors also introduce basic butterfly kick and arms.

Here are some of the skills we aim to develop in these classes:

  • Swimming 25m of freestyle using correct bilateral breathing
  • Swimming 25m using correct backstroke technique.
  • Swimming 15m of basic breaststroke
  • Performing basic butterfly kick
  • Introduction to basic butterfly stroke.
  • Completing a race dive, followed by 25m of freestyle
  • Attempting a backstroke race start
  • Attempting a forward somersault in water

Intensive swimming classes

These are lessons that are taught over a concentrated period. Lessons are normally held each day for a period of a week or two during school holidays. This is a great way for children to develop and practice their swimming skills.

Adult Classes

We also provide home lessons to adults on request.  Adult classes cater to all ages and abilities. Some adults may be complete beginners; others may want to improve their technique with a particular fitness goal in mind. AquaBuddies instructors will tailor a program to suit you and help you reach your swimming goals.