Learn to swim

Manly Andrew 'Boy' Charlton (MABC) Swim School operates an ongoing program, Monday to Saturday. Lessons are 30 minutes long and run as normal during school holidays unless otherwise notified.

MABC Swim School provides a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative to increase the swimming and water safety skills to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activities. Most importantly we ensure the essential components of personal survival and water safety skills are provided, in addition to a process of developing strong and effective swimming technique.

Read our terms and conditions.

How to enrol

Please email us or see our friendly staff at the centre on your next visit

Parent and Child Water Familiarisation Classes 

Our 30 minute water familiarisation program has three age based levels from 6 to 36 months. This class offers an introduction to water safety and learn to swim aspects. Jump in the pool with your little one as they learn to go underwater, float, jump, turn and hold.

Classes are held:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am - 12pm
  • Saturday: 7.30am - 11.30am

Preschool Learn to Swim 

A program with five levels that builds water confidence for preschool aged children 3-5 years. Focusing on water safety skills including climbing out of the pool, resurfacing and floating, paddling and working towards development of freestyle and backstroke.

Classes are held:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am - 12pm
  • Saturday: 7.30am - 1.30pm

Learn to Swim and Stroke Development 

A swimming and water safety program with seven levels for school-aged children 5+ years. Providing a balance of survival skills, development and correction of strokes teaching participants to increase their swimming strength and confidence.

Classes are held:

  • Monday to Friday: 3.30 - 7pm
  • Saturday: 7.30am - 1:30pm

Swim Stars

Swim Stars is a program for children with special needs. The classes build muscle strength and physical endurance, flexibility, self-control and safety. You can choose from either group or private lessons. We take a maximum of three students in our Swim Stars group lessons. Duration: 30 minutes


This is the entry level of our squad program and suits swimmers who have completed Active Award levels and transitioning to the squads program. Assessments are required to join.

The sessions focus on development of all four strokes, introduction of basic training techniques, learning how to dive from the blocks, correct turns and use of the pace clock.

Certain swimming times and number of sessions are to be met to be in this squad.

Session time varies throughout the week between:

  • Weekdays: 3.30 - 7pm
  • Saturdays: 7.30am - 1pm 

​Unable to make a lesson?

If you’re unable to turn up to your lesson, notify us at least 30 minutes prior and we will issue you with a family swim/practice pass for the lesson missed. 

You receive six family practice passes each calendar year, they will be added to your student card and are valid for use up until 31 December each year. To redeem all you need to do is present your student card to our friendly reception staff.

Going away?

Take advantage of our four suspension weeks each calendar year and suspend your regular class if you’re going away. You must give 14 days’ notice and your lesson will be charged at $5 rather than the full price.

Request a cancellation

Complete this form if you wish to cancel swim school classes. Note: All cancellations require 14 days notice for processing.

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