Community Programs in Ultimo

Community Programs Ultimo

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre offers supported community programs for children and adults who are underrepresented or living with a disability. Our qualified staff provide a safe and comfortable environment for our programs including Swim Champs, Swimming Well and Take Charge.

Swim Champs

Swim Champs is a swimming and water safety program for children under the age of 18 with a disability. The Swim Champs program aims to build confidence and competencies in a safe environment which is delivered by qualified teachers at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre.

Swimming Well

Swimming Well is hosted at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and aims to make it easier for people experiencing mental health to improve their overall wellbeing through physical activity. It also aims to help people connect with others and the wider community.

The program provides swimming instruction in a safe and comfortable environment with trained professionals, focusing on the development of an individual’s water safety and swimming skills. We hope that by following the program, participants will feel confident and comfortable enough to continue to visit independently or with friends.

Take Charge

Take Charge is a free 60-day program for people who have been referred to the program by a medical or allied health professional. Participants gain free access to the facilities, programs, services, and staff at Cook and Phillip Park, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Victoria Park Pool and Prince Alfred Park Pool.

During the 60-days, participants are inducted to the facility, provided with one-on-one support in continued consultations, receive a personalised exercise program and are overseen and worked closely with staff, where adjustments can then be made and progress regularly reviewed.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Our five centres are all registered as providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We accept patrons and new members that are NDIS funded under 3 categories: NDIS managed, self-managed or financial intermediary. Depending on how the funds are managed, our eligible services include: memberships, 1:1 swim lessons, personal training and exercise physiology. For more information contact our Community Engagement Coordinator at