VICSWIM Programs
ARV and Sailing Australia to trial ‘Learn to Swim & Sail' 
ARV and Australian Sailing are joining forces to develop and pilot a ‘Learn to Swim & Sail’ program for six to twelve year old kids, set to be trialled in January 2017 at the Mornington Yacht Club, as part of the 2017 VICSWIM Summer Kidz program.
The program will combine aquatic education and swim lessons with entry level sailing tuition and aims to make learning to swim more interesting, and eliminate some big barriers to kids getting involved in sailing: a lack of swimming ability and confidence in the open water.
Each program will run for five consecutive days, and participants will receive a VICSWIM certificate and Tackers 1 certificate upon successful completion. Multiple programs are expected to be run weekly from 3 January to 20 January.
The program will be delivered by Mornington Yacht Club’s Tackers program leaders, who will be qualified to deliver both course components.
The learn to swim curriculum will be delivered as part of the annual VICSWIM program, and added to a Tackers 1 learn to sail course.
Enrolments are expected to open in October via the VICSWIM (, Tackers ( and Mornington Yacht Club ( websites.
Click HERE to read the media release.
VICSWIM Turns 40!
VICSWIM is celebrating its 40th year, having commenced way back in 1976.
To celebrate we are holding a celebratory event at Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre (1 Aquatic Drive, Maribyrnong) on Thursday 21 January at 10.30am.
The Minister for Sport, Hon. John Eren MP will be our special guest for the occasion, inspecting MAC's VICSWIM program in action!
All industry participants, employees and stakeholders are welcome to celebrate with us and indulge in a slice of birthday cake, a cuppa and some convivial industry networking.
RSVP your attendance to Vicki McNally at by COB Tuesday 19/1.
Click HERE to view the media release.
VICSWIM seeks to ensure that all Victorians have the opportunity to access water safety, survival and swimming programs (for both children and adults), that maximize safety and attitudes ensuring confidence and the ability to enjoy aquatic environments  
VICSWIM programs are conducted by fully qualified and experienced teachers and are targeted to the abilities and age of the participants.
VICSWIM has provided Victorians with fun and educational aquatic holiday programs since 1976. VICSWIM focuses on learn to swim and water safety skills, both in pools and open water venues across the state. VICSWIM now offers new programs to meet an increasing community demand for swimming and safety skills and knowledge.
New Programs
As well as the proven summer holiday swim programs, VICSWIM has introduced a new suite of programs to address this need.
This long standing, proven program is offered for one, two or three weeks during the January school holidays, throughout Victoria.  With small class sizes for enhanced learning, intensive five-day programs cater for participants of all ages and abilities and are supported by the Victorian Government's 'Play it Safe by the Water' campaign.  Conducted by qualified instructors and caters for a range of abilities.

Australia’s culturally diverse groups are often best suited to a tailored program to enable them to survive and understand the safety issues within our community, many of whom live within costal environments. Courses are designed in consultation with various ethnic communities to provide essential skills and information within an enjoyable / fun environment.

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria is working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) to develop a National Curriculum based Aquatic Education Guidelines for Schools.  As part of this work, ARV will also be developing a VICSWIM Skoolz program to compliment these guidelines and assist those schools that may not be able to deliver on the requirements of the new National Curriculum through their own or other external sources.