Swimming and water safety education

​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:

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 School Policy and Advisory Guide
Read the full Parent Payments policy
Available in the School Policy and Advisory Guide

Funding information

For information on funding provided to Government schools, see Swimming in Schools (Reference 115)

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

Additional funding

Schools can apply for funding to assist with swimming and water safety programs through the Sporting Schools Fund. For more information, see Sporting Schools.

Contact us

For questions relating to the Parent Payment policy, email: community.stakeholders@edumail.vic.gov.au

For questions relating directly to swimming and water safety education, email: school.swimming@edumail.vic.gov.au