Swim @ Barker

Swim @ Barker


Welcome to the Barker Foundation Aquatic Centre website. Here you will find general information regarding the Aquatic Centre, Barker Community Access program and programs such as our learn to swim and squad swimming programs.

The Barker Foundation Aquatic Centre has recently undertaken a rigorous external audit and successfully passed the Swim School Accreditation. The accreditation scheme was introduced by Swim Australia and was primarily designed to raise industry standards, and consequently acknowledges Swim Schools achieving a high benchmark.

The Aquatic Centre offers a fully integrated all-year-round swimming coaching and training program. It provides for:

  • Learn to Swim classes for Barker Community and non Barker members
  • Junior Development Squad programs for students, siblings and non Barker patrons
  • Complete age group training programs for State and National Age group swimmers
  • Junior and adult fitness
  • Recreational access
Key Features
  • Indoor, heated, 17m length learn to swim program pool (31°C )
  • Indoor, heated eight lane 25m length pool (27°C)
Learn to Swim Program Barker Students and Community Customers

The Aquatic Centre operates a learn to swim program. This is available to all members of the Barker community and to approved customers who have no Barker connection. The program caters for all levels and includes:

  • Parent and child classes (6+ months )
  • Preschool classes
  • School age
  • Fitness program
  • Private lessons
  • Holiday Intensive LTS & Stroke Clinics
  • Junior school carnival preparation (January Holiday Intensives only)
  • Adult learn to swim

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Operating hours (Learn to Swim)

The Swim School is fully professional and is strongly patronised on a daily basis seven days a week. Bookings are essential via application and term lesson fees apply.

  • Monday-Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm
    • (Closed between noon and 3pm, priority given to school age children between 7:30am to 8:30am)
  • Saturday 7:30am to 1:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am to 12:30am
Barker Preparatory students (Pre-K – Year 2)
Pre-Kindergarten Monday and Friday 3:00pm time slot only
Kindergarten to Year 2 Monday and Friday 3:30 pm time slot only
Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday 3:00pm and 3:30pm time slot only

Barker Junior School students (Years 3-6)

Monday/Wednesday and Friday 3:20pm to 4:00pm

The above days/times are predominantly for Barker College students Pre-Kindergarten – Year 6. Barker College students are able to swim at alternate times and days where vacancies exist.

Staff Qualifications

All Barker College instructors hold the recognised national qualification for teaching of swimming and water safety either through Austswim or Swimming Australia, the industry standard for swimming and water safety teachers and a current CPR certificate.

We are aware of the reports about legislative loopholes in regards to swim school management. Staff at the Barker College Foundation Aquatic Centre have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action by all individuals who work for, volunteer, or access the programs and services offered by our Centre.

All Barker College employees hold a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) and undergo a National Police Check upon recruitment. Staff are also advised of their Reporting Obligations under both the Ombudsman Act 1974, the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2018.

Ongoing support and training is provided to all Barker College employees including the Foundation Aquatic Centre. Staff are aware of their obligations to address any issues that may arise promptly, confidentially and with professionalism.

Our first priority is the children in our care and clear procedures are in place by the School for the reporting of any concerns in regards to children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Assessments - New enrolments

Assessments are not required if your child is an absolute beginner, or a paddler and kicker that can swim less than 10 metres. If your child can swim 10 metres plus please send an email to swim@barker.nsw.edu.au or contact the Aquatic Centre Reception on (02) 8438 7281.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please click the following links to access our FAQs -  

FAQs Learn to Swim

FAQs Customer Portal

Aquatic Centre Reception:
  (02) 8438 7281

Reception Operating Hours:

  • Monday:  10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Tuesday to Friday:  7.00am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday:  7.30am to 1.00pm
  • Sunday:  8.00am to 12.00pm