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 are available to support schools to deliver quality swimming and water safety education:

Life Saving Victoria will be developing resources and offering professional development and training in aquatic qualifications for teachers, parents, VCE/VET students and pre-service teachers.

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

Students may be eligible for additional payments. For more information, see Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund.

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: studentlearning@edumail.vic.gov.au