All preschoolers aged between three and six will get a $100 voucher for swimming lessons.
The vouchers were announced on Tuesday as part of the NSW state budget, which set aside $44 million to ensure more children are safer around the water.
It was welcome news for Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt, who runs the Wagga Swim Hub on Copland Street.
He said it was crucial to get young children water trained as early as possibly, especially after Victoria saw record breaking drownings over the summer.
"There was that period of six months where children didn't have the opportunity to swim and we saw the number of drownings spike," Mr Kahlefeldt said.
"It's a life skill children develop and I think starting them early is even more important, so it's exciting to see more people coming here and learning to swim."
Next month his newest daughter Indiana will be enrolling in Aqua Bubs, which is a class for children as young as four months old.
The vouchers were good news for granddad John Mitchell, who takes his daughter Aurora Morison to swimming classes every Tuesday.
"Swimming's very important, so I hope people use the vouchers," Mr Mitchell said.
"I used to go swimming, but my swimming days are behind me."
The NSW government said it would reveal more details about the swimming lesson vouchers in the coming days.
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