Dear Swim School Families

It is with great regret that we inform your of our decision to CANCEL ALL January Intensive Holiday Swimming Programs booked for January 2020.

This has not been an easy step for us to take as we love our holiday programs as much as the families who are involved in them.  The programs have been a part of what summer means to our pool for the past 22 years we have operated the facility.

In this time operating the Dickson Aquatic Centre we have never dealt with any environmental conditions that have affected our operations so significantly for such an extended period of time. 

A number of factors have influenced our decision:

  • We have the utmost commitment to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons at all times.
  • The uncertainty of the air quality on any given day make it difficult for both our swim school and families to plan ahead even a day.
  • Available advice is that Canberra’s air quality will continue to vary for many weeks to come.
  • We would like to give families the opportunity to make alternate holiday plans.
  • Our staff who rely on the income of being part of these programs have been hugely impacted. They deserve an opportunity to find other opportunities for summer employment.

Options for families enrolled:

  1. Transfer your enrolment to our weekly Term Programs commencing on Monday 03 February and running for six weeks. Lessons are available on Monday – Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
  2. Cancel your lessons for a full refund.
  3. Cancel your lessons in exchange for 6 x family entry passes (entry for two adults and up to three children – $19.50). Note that these passes will expire on 19 March 2020 and are not exchangeable or refundable at that point.
  4. Cancel your lessons and we will donate 100% of the fee to a bushfire appeal.
    • Email us at with your booking details and your choice of bushfire appeal:
      1. NSW Rural Fire Service
      2. Vinnies Bushfire Appeal
      3. WIRES Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund

For families enrolled in Bronze Star, you have the option to transfer enrolment into our program which will be held for three days from the 20-22 January 2020.

Please be patient as we process a large number of requests.

 We hope to see you at the pool for a swim throughout January!

The Centre will be open whenever air quality is safe.  Please follow us on Facebook or check our website before your visit for the latest information about our opening hours.

 DAC Management