Department program

Swimming in Schools

​​​​Swimming in Schools supports the delivery of quality swimming and water safety education. The initiative provides funding to ensure all students have the opportunity to:

  • learn how to swim
  • develop lifelong skills in water safety to reduce their risk of drowning and injury.

By the end of primary school, it is anticipated that students achieve their Victorian Water Safety Certificate, a base level of swimming and water safety competency. The Certificate is awarded when a student can swim 50m continuously, answer water safety based questions and perform simple rescues.

Funding for schools

Swimming in Schools funding is a contribution to support schools to fulfil the swimming and water safety requirements of Health and Physical Education in the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

The 2018/19 Victorian Budget allocated $9.8 million towards the costs of swimming and water safety education in Victorian government and Catholic primary schools. This funding builds on the $9.2 million allocated in the 2017/18 Budget.

$4 million has been allocated towards school swimming and water safety education through the Public Water Safety initiative. Life Saving Victoria will be developing resources and offering professional development and training in aquatic qualifications for:

  • teachers
  • parents
  • VCE/VET students
  • pre-service teachers. 

Government schools funding

Funding towards the cost of swimming and water safety programs for Victorian government primary schools will be distributed through the Student Resource Package: Swimming in Schools (reference 115) in 2018 and 2019.

Catholic schools funding

Catholic primary schools will receive funding directly from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

Additional funding

Students and schools may be eligible for additional payments through the following programs: