Located at The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, the UQ Sport Swim School offers one of Brisbane’s most comprehensive Learn-to-Swim programs. Their venue features three heated pools: an indoor 90-centimetre-deep program pool perfect for little ones, a 25-metre pool for older kids, and a 50-metre pool for competitive squad training and adults.

UQ Sport smiling kids in pool with kickboards.

All stages and ages are welcome

UQ Sport’s Learn-to-Swim program caters for everyone, from 4-month-old babies to adults starting or refining their skills. Daily small classes run between 30 – 75 minutes throughout the week in the mornings and afternoons, and on weekend mornings. In addition to group Learn-to-Swim lessons, they provide private Learn-to-Swim lessons and deliver the UQ Sport Can Swim program. The Can Swim program offers personalised, one-on-one instruction for individuals with disabilities and special needs. There are also intensive school holiday programs to accelerate water confidence.

UQ Sport swimming instructor in pool with toddler.

As everyone’s level of water comfort differs, UQ Sport Swim School tailors programs to suit your child. Every child is assessed before starting their lessons to be placed at the correct level for their skill and ability. This doubles as an introduction to the program and venue so children are familiar with the pool and instructor before their first class. The experienced instructors use noodles, kickboards and toys to teach swimming skills through fun play.

UQ Sport smiling child with swimming instructor.

Highly Qualified Swim Instructors

All their instructors are AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia-accredited, in addition to being experts in teaching and encouraging children. Some coaches also hold additional qualifications, such as swim correction (Competitive Stroke) and inclusive teaching (access and inclusion). The UQ Sport Swim School team prides itself on the positive outcomes that its highly skilled team achieves, regardless of the challenges each child may need to overcome.

UQ Sport Aquatic Centre.

About the Centre

While your child participates in classes, you can watch poolside or in our parents’ area which has a TV and loungers for siblings. Grab a barista-made Black Lab coffee or a drink at the café. There are hot showers and change-rooms available, as well as a Pro Shop to equip your little one for every stage of swimming.

Facility Benefits:

  • Indoor and outdoor heated pools
  • Extensive poolside seating
  • Café
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms
  • Chair lift access into 50-metre pool
  • Ramp access into 25-metre pool
  • Aquatic wheelchair available for use

UQ Sport swimming instructor in pool with student.

What parents say about the UQ Sport Swim School

Brilliant swim coaching with a wonderful diverse swimming program for kids of all levels. Both our children swim here and our son (with ADHD) trains 4 times a week and has the most incredible experience with his favourite coach. He just “gets” our son and is a very talented swim coach. They also offer outstanding swim training in their competitive squad and the coaches are enthusiastic and positive with the kids.” – Elle

Honestly everyone I speak to here are 10/10 the nicest group of people I’ve met. I always leave feeling really happy with the general vibe and atmosphere the staff give off. Can’t wait to come back.” – Adam

I’ve been coming every week for two years it’s the very best swim centre I’ve ever used, beautiful green space alongside the river … the staff are amazing, all of them. The pools are exceptionally well maintained, could never find better.” – Eugenie

The instructor is very patient, and their teaching methods makes learning fun. They know how to communicate with the children in a language they understand.” – Phyllida

UQ Sport smiling children in goggles in pool.

About UQ Sport

UQ Sport is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. All of funds go back into the facilities to make UQ Sport the best it can be. UQ Sport works in conjunction with the Child Protection Act and all UQ Sport Swim School employees hold a current working with children Blue Card to ensure they are providing a safe environment for your child. Learn more about UQ Sport on their website.

Enrolling at UQ Sport Swim School

To enrol in the UQ Sport Swim School, and to book in for your child’s initial assessment, call the UQ Sport Aquatic Centre on (07) 3365 6612 or email swimschool@uqsport.com.au.