Minke Program: Aged 4 weeks to 3 years (Only 3 babies per class)



​The Minke Program is not water familiarisation - it is based on the most advanced infant/toddler survival methods currently used throughout the world and is the only one of its kind in Australia!

A very young baby must only be placed into a gentle program with mature teachers who have extensive experience in teaching baby swimming, and will ensure the learning experience is happy and stress-free for both baby and parent.


The Minke Program is divided into the following groups:

Minke 1: Babies aged 4 weeks to 9 months
Minke 2: Babies aged 9 months to 2 years
Minke 3: Toddlers aged 2 to 3 years

This is a gentle program where safety and survival skills are incorporated into carefully selected games and activities.

A parent or guardian will accompany their baby in the lesson.  All babies will learn breath control before progressing to submersions.   

To gain maximum benefit from the program it is highly recommended that babies complete the entire Minke Program.

It is essential that babies attend lessons consistently year round in order for them to reach their full potential.

Minke 1: Aged 4 weeks to 9 months

We recommend the following:-

• Up to 6 months of age: 1 - 2 lessons per week
• 6 months and over: 2 lessons per week

Young babies CAN swim! Check out our 6 month old above (click the play button) >>

As can be seen in the video our very young babies are happy and very comfortable submerging.

Mobility in the water, learning breath control and submersions are the primary focus for this age group.  Very young babies learn much quicker than an older baby and will usually be happily submerging within a few lessons. Our specialist teachers will carefully guide the parent on how and when to submerge their baby. 

Young babies will accept the aquatic environment more readily than an older toddler and they will learn to swim long before they crawl or walk.

It is highly recommended for all babies to complete the Minke 1 Program as this lays the foundation for more the challenging skills in the Minke 2 Program.

Minke 2: Aged 9 months to 2 years

Recommended: 2 lessons per week

These little ones are now starting to find their “land legs” and are becoming independently mobile around the home.

It is therefore a time when they are now in danger of independently accessing bodies of water so constant supervision is essential.

Bubs who have completed our Minke 1 Program are now very confident and have already learned vital water safety skills so it is now time to build on those foundational skills.

Between 1½ -2 years of age these little ones really start to shine in their swimming and survival skills.

People often marvel at the ability of these little champions.

They will spend lots of time on survival skills, replicating real life aquatic emergencies.

Minke 3: Aged 2 to 3 years

Recommended: 2 lessons per week

Toddlers around the age of 2½ years who commenced lessons as a young baby, (and have continued year round), are now very strong in their in their propulsion skills and are independently propelling 5-6 metres - just look at our little 2 year old in the video above >>

  • They are able to jump in, turn around and swim back to the wall with ease.
  • These toddlers are super confident and have an abundance of self-esteem.
  • They are always keen to rise to the challenge of mastering new skills.

Parents sometimes find their toddlers are now becoming very challenging as they begin to assert their dominance and try to get their own way.

They will also be willing to happily separate from mum or dad and make the transition to going solo.

They feel like the “king of the castle” as they enjoy the independence of being able to wait their turn and follow directions from the teacher.

Beluga (Transition) Aged 2-3 years

Recommended: 2 lessons per week

Only those toddlers who commenced lessons in the Minke program will progress through the Beluga program.  This is a transition stage where toddlers will build on the survival and swimming skills they've learned in the Minke program to lay the foundation for the more advanced skills they'll learn in the Orcas program.

The transition stage is a time when there are many changes a child must adjust to and this can be very stressful for them if not handled appropriately.  These changes include the child adjusting to the idea of "going solo" (the parent or caregive is no longer participating in the lesson with the child); a change of program and what is expected of them; different children in the class; a different teacher etc.  The most likely sign of a child not coping with all the changes through the transition stage is they will be very distressed, and parents may even find they no longer want to attend swimming lessons.

It is therefore crucial that a child experiences the "going solo" stage when they are able to cope with these changes and, if this is the case, the transition will be smooth and stress-free for the child.  Hence, timing is crucial when a teacher decides it is time for a child to "go solo".

With over 49 years experience our Master Instructors have the knowledge and expertise to ensure a smooth and stress-free transition for toddlers as they make the progression from the Minke program to the Orcas program.


Bookings are taken at any time throughout the year and block lessons are available throughout school holidays. Contact us today to book your lessons!