Our President was featured in an article by the Sydney Morning Herald, Push to instil water safety and skills in Sydney's migrant communities.

The story highlights the need for greater awareness of water safety in our local area. Read more ...


2017 January Swim and Survive Program

From 9th - 13th Jan 2017 from 3-5pm and 16th to 20th Jan 2017 from 9-11am, school age children from the ages of 5 to 15 years will be able to attend our intensive Swim and Survive Program.

Lessons will be conducted at Collaroy Rockpool. Children are to arrive 15 minutes before their lesson. Please bring swim goggles and swim cap and if possible a wetsuit top or rashvest.

Fill in the booking form and return to us either at the rockpool on Sunday morning or email back to us.

Cost is $55 per child per week. Payment can be made by cash when you hand your booking form to us or by Direct Debit into our account.

Children will be assessed and placed into the appropriate group for their ability. Each lesson will have a swimming component including learning the survival strokes, survival skills and rescue skills. There will be water safety talks and demonstrations with the children participating in these activities. All our instructors are AustSwim Qualified.

Children will receive a certificate at the completion of the program on what level they have achieved.

For more information about our Swim and Survive Program, please contact us.



2016 Collaroy Turtles Summer Program

Water Skills for Life supported by Collaroy Swim Club provide a learn to swim program for children from 3 years old up to adults.

The program is targeted for children who need to learn to swim, children who are unable to attend lessons, disadvantage families and new arrivals to Australia. *Criteria applies to all applicants.

We operate from December to March (summer season) each year from 8am to 9.30am on Sunday mornings.

This program is run by qualified Austswim instructors, trainees and helpers.

Each lesson is conducted one on one with an instructor and lasts for around 10 to 15mins.

Our 2016 Collaroy Turrtles Program starts on Sun 4 December, registration is at Colloroy Beach Rock Pool on 27 November from 8am. Cost of the program is $30 which covers for insurance for participants in the program.

A completed registration form and the fee is required on the day. The forms will be available from the registration desk on the day.

Read our information and instruction sheet on the Collaroy Turtles Swim Program for more information and if you've got any further questions, contact us for more information.

Please note: Places are limited and we expect the program will fill up on registration day.





2016 September Tibetan Swim Program

We're pleased to announce that our Tibetan Swim Program will be held again this September at Terry Hills Swim School.

We'll be running the Tibetan Swim Program each Saturday from 3rd September to 12th November 2016. Please note: There will be a 2 week break during school holidays, 1st and 8th October, when the program will not be operating. The first session will be from 5.00 - 5.35pm and the second session will be from 5.45 to 6.20pm.


This program helps our Tibetan Community, teaching children through to adults how to swim as well as important Water Safety skills. Click here to read more about our Tibetan Swim program.


President Seconded to Vietnam

We are excited to announce that our President Tanya Carmont has been selected to work in Vietnam for a year.



On holiday to Vietnam in 2006, Tanya reaiised the urgent need for swim teachers, training and information. She came back to Australia and formed Water Skills for Life – an organisation dedicated to teach a skill for life, to save a life. Tanya believes that anyone living near water, be it coastal or inland waterways, deserves to be taught how to swim.

Tanya will be assisting the Swim Vietnam organisation in preparing training courses for trainee swim instructors, conducting swim lessons, advising on best practice for swim centers as well as providing assistance with government organistions, running presentations and seminars to help spread the importance of learning to swim.

Tanya said “she was extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to help out the Vietnamese people, to reduce the amount of drownings in the Vietnamese community and to help them learn how to teach swimming, so that they can continue to pass on the skills to future generations.”


Tanya will be located in Hoi An and will be there for a year.


If you’d like to know more about how you can help Water Skills for Life, please contact President, Tanya Carmont on 0438 828 725 or via our contact page.



2015 Volunteer of the Year Event

Water Skills for Life held it’s annual Volunteer of the Year event on Sunday, 10 April 2016.

Water Skills for Life is a not for profit organisation that runs swim programs for disadvantage families and communities in the local Warringah area as well as raising funds for the Vietnamese swimming organisation, Swim Vietnam.

President Tanya Carmont advised that over the past year, Water Skills for LIfe have had great success with their swimming programs: The Tibetan Swim Program, the Collaroy Turtles and also the pilot Swim & Survive Camp during January 2016 school holidays, not to forget the support Water Skills for Life gave to Swim Vietnam.

Tanya thanked all the volunteers for their time, effort and support to Water Skills for LIfe programs over the past year.

Tanya commented that “our Volunteers are the most important part of the organization, they ensure that our swim programs run smoothly - not only the swim teachers, but the administration officers that organise registrations, those volunteers that offer to sell chocolates and donate items to raffles, write and grant proposals and the accounting and marketing specialists, – all these volunteers are who allow us to provide a valuable and life saving skill.”

Tanya presented Water Skills for Life Volunteer Swim Teachers Michelle Quinn and Nichole McLachlan, with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year awards at the event. 

Michelle and Nichole have both been volunteers from the inception of Water Skills for Life, sitting on the Committee, fundraising as well as gaining their Swim Teaching licences to become volunteer swim instructors.

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If you’d like to know more about how you can help Water Skills for Life, please contact President, Tanya Carmont on 0438 828 725 or via our contact page.



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