The Kids Aquatic Survival School (KASS) program is very different to most swimming lessons. Regular swim lessons for 1 – 4 year olds are primarily water familiarisation, not survival lessons. One in every ten fatal drownings in Australia are children under the age of 4 so it only makes sense that these are the children that are also learning how to swim and float without floatation aids or parents holding them in the water singing nursery rhymes.

KASS deliver Australia’s safest, most effective, accelerated aquatic survival program for non-verbal infants and young children. Our program focuses on aquatic survival skills targeted to children aged 6 months to 6 years. The survival skills are designed to form a layer of protection in the prevention against drowning. The ability to swim a few feet in the water is not necessarily going to save the child in an emergency. No chid is drown-proof, and nothing replaces supervision or restricting access to water, however teaching a child to float could give the child, parents, or emergency services those crucial seconds or minutes which could prevent further tragedy.

All KASS lessons are taught privately 1:1 with specialised instructors.

From 6 months to walking age

  • A baby will learn breath control (take a breath before submerging in the water).
  • They will learn how to roll over to a floating posture from any position they would find themselves in the water.
  • The baby will learn how to stay in a floating and breathing posture until help arrives.
  • All the above is also taught in full winter clothing, nappy and shoes.

 From walking age (around 12 months)

  • A child is taught breath control (take a breath before submerging in the water).
  • How to open eyes under the water so that they can look to where safety is.
  • How to reach up, grab and turn for the side.
  • How to swim (front paddle) to the side if they are further than arms reach away.
  • How to roll over to float and breathe.
  • How to combine swimming and floating if getting to the side is not obtainable in one breath of swimming.
  • How to stay in a floating and breathing posture if getting to safety is not an option.

All children are taught how to remain in a floating, breathing posture if getting to safety is simply not an option. This is all taught without floaties or parents/carer in the water with the child.

Once the child has completed the KASS Survival program and is fully skilled, the child simulates an accidental fall into water. This allows the child to apply their newly learnt skills in a safe and controlled environment wearing full winter clothing including shoes and nappy. This is a vital step because it is a very different sensory experience swimming or floating in clothes. We do this because nearly 80% of children who drown, do so due to falls into the water and 67% of drownings in children aged 0 – 4years occur in a swimming pool and in 71% of cases the child drowned in the pool located at their primary residence. For every fatal drowning, a further 3 will be hospitalised as a result of a non-fatal drowning incident. These aquatic incidents usually happen when the child has wandered to a body of water unnoticed and fully clothed. It is a crucial skill for the child to learn, so should they ever fall into the water fully clothed, it won’t be the first time they have performed this skill and hopefully prevent further tragedy and most importantly SURVIVE.

To get results quickly, the KASS Survival program is designed for approximately 8 weeks (40 lessons) where the child participates in a 10-minute lesson, 5 days a week (Monday to Friday). Survival lessons are conducted all year round, not by the school term or weekends. Our Coogee venue has an indoor heated pool with onsite undercover parking.

You are very welcome to come and view lessons to see for yourself the amazing results we get in weeks or view some of our you tube videos here

To understand the registration process or to learn more please visit the Enrol Now page on our website, Call 1800 543 779 or email

Special Offer:


Just because Summer is over that doesn’t mean water safety lessons should stop. Unfortunately, children are at risk of drowning all year round.

Kids Aquatic Survival School has an end of Summer special. When booking an intensive Survival and Learn to Swim program (6-8 weeks) you get 1 WEEK FREE of private lessons. That’s 5 FREE Survival lessons valued at $170!

  • Receive 5 FREE Survival lessons as part of the Survival and Learn to Swim Program
  • Children skilled in WEEKS not years
  • Focus on aquatic survival skills not just swimming
  • Private1:1 Lessons delivered by specialised instructors with only ever 3 children and 3 instructors in the pool at any one time
  • Held at a semi-private indoor heated pool with onsite undercover parking.


  1. The child must register in the 6 – 8 week Survival and Learn to Swim program.
  2. 5 FREE lessons will be deducted at the completion of the program.
  3. Offer valid for NEW bookings made between 1 March – 12 April 2024 at Coogee Location.
  4. Registration fee still applicable.
  5. Quote “ESM5FREE” when booking
  6. Subject to availability.

Call 1800 543 779