Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Why Rory loves swimming lessons

Find out why Rory loves coming to Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre for his weekly swimming lessons.

Sun, 10 Sept 2023,
posted by City of Sydney

We were delighted to meet with Sue and her 11 year old son Rory who has been attending Learn to Swim at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre since he was 8 months old.

What does Rory enjoy most about swimming at ITAC?

S: "We love the centre - the instructors are very engaging and consistent. There is a pool for every age and swimming ability.

"Rory loves the big pool and how he can use different areas of the pool during the lessons."

What is Rory's favourite area to swim in?

S: "He especially loves the deep end of the pool as he is now learning to dive and tumble turn

We also wanted to know why it was important to have kids enrolled in a Learn to Swim program.

S: "By starting at a very young age, Rory has now great confidence in the water

"The instructors leave no stone unturned - they teach him every swimming style and survival technique. Plus we has a heap of fun during the process.

What improvements have you seen?

"Rory can swim every stroke and is not scared of trying new things.

"He can swim a kilometre and is so proud of this accomplishment!"

What would you tell parents who are considering learn to swim lessons for their kids?

S: "Don't hesitate to book your child into swim lessons. It is a skill they will have for the rest of their lives. It will also ensure they are safe in the water and you can't put a price on this."


Our learn to swim program, GOswim, gives your kids the chance to learn a valuable skill for life while getting fit, having fun, and making new friends.

Program benefits

  • The program has been developed alongside Swimming Australia
  • We're an approved Active Kids and First Lap voucher provider
  • Flexible program, running 48 weeks of the year
  • Accessible and affordable
Learn more

Complimentary swim assessment

To ensure your child is placed in the right class for their swimming ability, we offer free swimming skills assessments throughout the week.

Send us an enquiry to book your assessment.

NSW Government Vouchers

First Lap Vouchers

The First Lap voucher program provides vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3-6 years who are not enrolled in school to contribute towards the cost of swimming lessons.

You can check your eligibility and apply for an first lap voucher by visiting the NSW Governments First Lap website.

Active Kids Vouchers

The Active Kids program provides a $50 voucher for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

You can check your eligibility and apply for an active kids voucher by visiting the Service NSW Active Kids Website.