Open Water/swimFIT Program | Term 1 & 4 of QLD State school terms 

The Open Water/swimFIT program is designed to help promote confidence and endurance in an open water scenario in a fun and active way. The program is designed to take children from 5 years to 13 years, however, children are ability based and need to be assessed before participating – unless already invited.

It is a progression-designed program, giving children the necessary time to achieve their goals of swimming with confidence in the ocean and creek type aquatic environments: while also focussing on endurance and techniques designed to teach the children how to consistently swim with adequate freestyle and backstroke, also utilising kick-boards for legwork.  

Over the 8-week program the children complete two weeks in a saltwater swim enclosure, to give them the feel of swimming in the open water with the safety of the enclosure nets. From there, the children will have three weeks in Tallebudgera Creek, with the experience of incoming and outgoing tides. The it is off to the beach, where they will partake in learning to negotiate and swim in the ocean with some degree of confidence and the ability to read surf conditions. The program will also familiarise the children with rescue methods and to be aware of any dangers.  

 The program enhances correct stroke techniques as well as incorporating fun swim games to keep the children interested and active. 

 **Please note this program requires children to wear HI-VIS swim caps and rash singlets for safety and insurance coverage – included in the program fee.


  •  Tallebudgera swimming enclosure at Murlong Crescent, Palm Beach
  •  Tallebudgera Creek at Neptunes (near recreation centre)
  •  Tallebudgera Beach


 Tuesdays – Beginner: 3:30pm – 4:15pm; Intermediate: 4:15pm – 5:15pm

 Thursdays – Beginner: 3:30pm – 4:15pm; Intermediate: 4:15pm – 5:15pm


For the beginner group:

 $150 for 8-week program

For the Intermediate group:

 $184 for 8-week program

Plus ONE of the following compulsory packs

  • $38 for Sunny Skye’s Rash Vest and Cap pack (required for all Sunny Skye’s Open Water and Surf Skills programs)
  • $*TBA for Sunny Skye’s Wetsuit Vest and Cap pack (required for all Sunny Skye’s Open Water and Surf Skills programs)


Please email your expression of interest for this program to:


  • Compulsory HI-VIS Sunny Skye’s vest (either wetsuit or rash)
  • Compulsory HI-VIS Sunny Skye’s Cap
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Wetsuit (optional)


We have a strict NO REFUND policy: Once we reserve one of our program placements for your child/ren, it becomes a placement we cannot sell to other customers. Please be sure to check your schedule for conflicts before committing to a placement. A credit may be applied for an ongoing medical conditions. In this case, we are able to transfer programs over to the next term with a notice of two week and medical certificate. Makeup sessions will be organised by Sunny Skye’s administration if any sessions are cancelled due to inclement weather.


This is a community based program for families to participate in either privately or through group sessions. 

Participants will learn water safety in all aquatic environments and be introduced to survival tips, basic CPR and first-aid in this beginners’ surf safety session.                   * *Please note we do not teach swimming in this session, and the advice given is under the assumption participants already have basic swimming ability.  

The whole family will enjoy team games on the beach and waters edge, while learning key safety tips and skills.                                                                                                ** Please note team games will not be run throughout private sessions  

If you wish to enquire about either the group or the private sessions please email: