Following the cessation of Swimming Australia’s national sponsorship with Optus and a decision by Swimming Australia to no longer fund the program, the Optus Junior Dolphins Program was discontinued as at 31 May 2019.
As the Optus Junior Dolphins Program was extremely successful in NSW with close to 6000 Junior Dolphin members across over 300 Clubs this this is very disappointing news. We know that for many Clubs this program revitalised their membership and provided a great link between learn to swim and Club participation.
Despite this development, we still encourage clubs and coaches to continue to cater for the specific needs of young children as part of their ongoing member services for junior swimmers and continue to run Junior Dolphin activities, come and try events and carnivals for their members.
Come and Try events are a great segway for clubs who work with a feeder Learn to Swim program, and can be used as a promotional tool to attract new members.
Swimming NSW will still make Yampu the Dolphin available to attend carnivals and come and try days along with providing associated Dolphin collateral available for Clubs that are interested in still continuing this program despite the loss of free membership for this age group.
Please note that all Optus Junior Dolphins branding, and associated collateral used by clubs will need to be removed from circulation from 1 June 2019.
For more information see our FAQs and Resources below.
Junior Dolphins FAQs
- Who is eligible to participate in come and try events?
- How will the Junior Dolphins come and try program increase our membership?
- What does our club get?
Anyone interested in becoming a new member at your club. Our insurance policy allows new members up to four free tries at club before they are required to register.
If your club operates out of a pool with a learn to swim program, your club has the opportunity to encourage members to participate at your club that may not have registered previously.
Families who have already registered swimmers with your club squads may have siblings who will be happy to be part of your club.
A bump in membership!
You are welcome to borrow come and try event collateral from Swimming NSW such as inflatable dolphins, large banners and other signage to help make your event more fun. Just let us know when you need them. Yampu the dolphin may even be available to make a visit to your club!