Swimming Lessons & Safety | Aqualification & Fitness Rockhampton

Aquatic Sport Development

Currently, Aqualification & Fitness have closed down Shut the Gate Learn to Swim, their base for their Aquatic Sport Development program.  This decision has come so owners, Val and Joy, can spend some extra time with their children.  Joy, Val and Aqualification & Fitness are still heavily involved in the Learn to Swim Aquatic industry by way of, conference presentations, professional development, hosting podcasts and supporting other swim schools and teachers.

Val and Joy may decide to open Shut the Gate in a few years time but in the mean time have decided to leave the following information regarding their Swimming Safely program available for those who wish to know about the program they ran and the beliefs of Aqualification & Fitness behind the learn to swim program.


Aquatic Sport Development Program

Aquatic Sport Development begins with the A&F “Swimming Safely” program;  water safety and swimming lessons lead to advanced aquatic sports such as, competitive swimming, water polo, underwater hockey, lifesaving and synchronised swimming.

While learning survival and rescue safety skills and four competitive strokes, children are also taught skills that will enable them to participate in activities such as snorkelling, diving and team games.

Upon graduating the Swimming Safely program, participants are presented with different pathways into different aquatic sports promoting aquatics for life.

Our Swimming Safely program provides lessons and aquatic safety education to a range of participants.  We cater for the following user groups:

  • Special needs/disability
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Community
  • School Swimming
  • School Sport
  • Active After School Care

The Swimming Safely program is designed around developmental milestones of human growth and is taught in a logical progression allowing children to grasp concepts when they are developmentally ready.

The program can be broken down into three developmental components:

  • Infants (4 levels)
  • LTS (6 levels)
  • Dolphins (Aquatic Sport Development program)

Please note: Safety is a main component of our program and water safety education continues throughout the entire program.  The safety aspects of the program are not only taught to students but parents and caregivers as well.  Bringing your child, grandchild to lessons in this program means parents and guardians will be educated as well.


The infant program is broken down into four (4) levels which are taught skills that are age appropriate.  Parents and guardians are educated on ways to encourage and support their child in the water as well as safety aspects for the whole family.

LTS (Learn to Swim) Swimming Lessons

The LTS  swimming lessons program sees older toddlers and school aged children without parents or guardians in the lesson through survival and rescue skills as well as the following six (6) strokes:

  • Backstroke
  • Freestyle
  • Butterfly
  • Survival Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke

Upon graduating the Swimming Safely program, students have the opportunity to enter the Dolphins program.


This program is currently running at the Northside Pool as Swim Kids in the Aquatic Fitness schedule.

Dolphins creates a link between learn to swim and competitive sports.  Students in the Dolphin program are taught skills and rules of the following sports:

  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Underwater Hockey
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Lifesaving

Having these skills allows children to make informed decisions about which aquatic sport they might wish to pursue, keeps children active for longer and fosters a passion for aquatics for life.