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Swimming Australia's Optus Junior Dolphins program focuses on kids having fun with their friends, water safety and participation in a safe and non-competitive environment. The program has been designed to enhance foundation swimming skill development, providing a non-competitive environment suitable for young swimmers to develop skills for lifelong participation in swimming. Kids within this age range may also be eligible to receive free membership at their local swimming club!

Optus Junior Dolphins is already taking place in swimming clubs and Learn to Swim schools across Australia. 

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Swimming Australia's Optus Junior Dolphins program can be delivered by primary school teachers as a four lesson program (with an optional fifth lesson) to fit within the Sporting Schools program funding model. It allows participants to learn, practice and build on swimming skills each lesson to assist with the development of water confidence and technique. Optus Junior Dolphins can be delivered as a one week intensive or over four weeks (with an optional fifth week) program. Schools who book the program will receive a copy of the Optus Junior Dolphins for Primary School Teacher Guide.

The Optus Junior Dolphins for Schools Teacher Guide includes:

  • Session plans (four lesson plans, with an optional fifth lesson)
  • Games guide (including equipment list)
  • Come and Try - carnival guide.

Depending on the age of the participants and timing of the program, sessions should range from 30 – 60 minutes.


All swimming coaches, swimming and water safety teachers and primary schools teachers delivering the Sporting Schools program will need to follow the recommended guidelines for delivering aquatic programs:
Age Group  Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM Guidelines 
Beginners Little or no experience.

1 swimming and water safety teacher: 10 students 
Intermediate Basic skills and can swim 25m of a recognisable stroke.
1 swimming and water safety teacher: 12 students
Advanced Can swim 50m using at least one recognisable stroke.
1 swimming and water safety teacher: 15 students
Please note: Ratios are different for open water swimming


Swimming program costs will vary depending on the requirements of the primary school and program providers. The following program aspects may be covered by the Sporting Schools grant:
  • Optus Junior Dolphins Primary School Teacher delivered package cost - this package will cost $25+GST and the school will receive a copy of the Teacher Guide to assist with program delivery.
  • Program delivery costs - these costs will be dependent on the coach or swim school. Costs may be charged at a fixed rate for the session or per participant.
  • Pool entry costs - primary schools that do not have their own pool may cover pool entry fees for program participants.
  • Transport costs - primary schools that do not have their own pool may cover transport costs.


Yes. The Optus Junior Dolphins program has been designed specifically as a primary school teacher led swimming program. Primary school teachers who would like to deliver a swimming program should first check the requirements for delivering swimming and aquatics programs through their State or Territory Education Department outlined below: 

Swimming Australia also encourages teachers to explore development opportunities and recommends the Swim Australia Teacher course or the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (or equivalent) as a minimum standard for teaching swimming. More information on these courses can be found here. Primary school teachers may also be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning to contribute to the Swim Teacher courses.


Primary schools and teachers interested in finding out more about training and development options or searching for local club and swim school coaching providers for their Sporting Schools program should contact Swimming Australia.

Swimming Australia

Phone: (03) 9910 0700