Swimming is an individual or team sport and is made up of four main strokes; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and is swum over different lengths. Swimming is a popular sport for all ages and one that can be done all year round.

Swimming is a sport that can be done both competitively and leisurely for people wanting to keep fit or recovering from injury. To know how to swim or to have basic swimming skills can also save a life and prevent drowning.


Try different strokes, such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.


  • A low impact exercise, but the water also adds resistance
  • A great aerobic workout
  • Improve flexibility
  • Strengthen and tone your muscle
  • Increase energy


Swimmers, a towel, possibly goggles and a swimming cap.

Seasons / typical registration periods

Registrations are typically held in July and October.

Approximate participation costs

Come and try sessions with clubs are usually free. There are a range of memberships available and each state will charge a different amount ranging from $60 - $80.

Levels of competition

Most clubs will offer a recreational squad for swimmers who do not wish to swim competitively or may just want to participate at Club Nights. There are different levels of competition for competitive swimmers, with local, state and national age group competitions available.

Swimming organisations

Swimming Australia by state

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Similar options

Aqua aerobics, water polo, ocean swimming, synchronised swimming and yoga.