Information to help schools to deliver swimming and water safety education programs.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 requires schools to deliver swimming and water safety education as part of the
Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Teach swimming and water safety
Resources offering support for schools, families and swimming providers, as well as professional development training opportunities for school and swimming providers are available from:
Professional development workshops
As part of the Public Water Safety Initiative with the Department of Education and Training, Life Saving Victoria has developed a suite of professional development workshops to directly support staff teaching swimming and water safety education.
For more information on upcoming workshops, and to access past workshop recordings and Swimming and Water Safety Education resources, visit
Victorian Life Saving or call (03) 9676 6940.
Policy information for principals
Principals, administrators and school leaders are reminded that all requests for parent payments relating to swimming programs must be in accordance with the Department’s Parent Payment Policy.
Read the full Swimming instruction and water safety policy
Available in the Policy and Advisory LibraryRead the full Parent Payments policy
Available in the Policy and Advisory Library
For information on funding provided to Government schools, read:
Swimming in Schools (Reference 115)
Catholic primary schools will receive funding directly from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.
Students and schools may be eligible for additional funding to assist with swimming and water safety programs through:
For questions relating to the Parent Payment policy, email:
For questions relating directly to swimming and water safety education, email: