The Best Baby Swim Lessons In Sydney

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Little Aussies usually turn out to be water babies… but they need a little help getting there at first! Here are our top picks for Sydney’s best baby swim schools, that you can truly trust with your precious little one.

1. City of Sydney Pools

City of Sydney Pools baby swimming lessons
Offering classes for kids as young as 6 months old, there are 6 City of Sydney pools to choose from for baby swimming lessons!

The City of Sydney operates six world-class aquatic leisure centers offering the esteemed GOswim Learn To Swim curriculum, an effective swimming and water safety program focusing on contemporary experiential and activity-based learning. Their classes are fun and informative and will establish a great foundation for little swimmers.

For quality and affordable swimming lessons for children from 6 months old, you can take your pick from Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at The Domain, Cook + Phillip Park Pool in Sydney City and the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland.

2. AustGrade Swim School

AustGrade Swim School
Little ones as young as 4 months will love learning the ropes in this fun and safe pool

A brand new swimming facility in Mascot, AustGrade Swim School is ideal for little learners with an indoor pool heated to a warm 32 degrees and salt-chlorinated water that is gentle on the young skin. The AUSTSWIM-accredited swim school focuses exclusively on learn-to-swim classes, teaching water safety and survival skills to babies from four months old.

Experienced swimming instructors use toys and aids to build confidence in survival floating, breath control and paddling without goggles, even from a very early age. They will also learn how to reach for objects under the water and enter and exit the water safely. Classes are offered  Monday to Saturday

3. Duck and Dive Baby Swim School

Duck & Dive Swim
Babies at Duck & Dive love the warm water and boutique environment

Teaching your baby to swim not only gives them valuable life skills but also builds their confidence in the water and is a lovely bonding experience for the two of you. Through Duck & Dive's fun yet structured baby swimming lessons, they teach parents to swim with babies from 0 to 3 years, in a warm, relaxed and calm environment. Duck & Dive is a genuine boutique, family-run swim school specialising in babies from aged 0 to 3yrs and offers baby swim lessons in Sydney's inner west, north shore, and St George areas.

4. Mermaid Swim Academy

Mermaid Swim School
If you're going to learn to swim...why not do it at Sydney's most iconic pool?

The only swim school you'll want to post about on Instagram! Mermaid Swim Academy offers swimming lessons in a natural, saltwater environment at the beautiful Bondi Icebergs Pool. The Parent & Baby swimming classes are designed for babies between 6 – 18 months and assist parents in teaching their own children to explore and become confident and comfortable in the water. While having fun in the salt water, your bub will learn skills such as blowing bubbles, kicking, floating and submerging. 

5. Carlile Swimming

Carlile Swimming
Carlile Swimming's Waterbabies program balances fun and games with building water confidence.

If you’re looking for fun, safe, expert swimming lessons for your baby, then Carlile Swimming Is ideal. Carlile pioneered teaching babies to swim in Australia, building Sydney’s first indoor teaching pool. They are now a world-renowned swim school having been industry leaders for 65 years.

Carlile runs 30-minute Waterbabies classes where mum or dad are in the water with their little one. The classes are full of fun games and songs, all with a purpose. The goal is to help your baby become confident and safer in and around water. They learn to submerge, float on their backs, and lots of other important water safety skills.

This is the first step in an industry-leading learn-to-swim program with a reputation for producing confident swimmers with great technique, who love the water. Carlile Swimming operates from nine locations across Sydney. Find out more about Carlile Swimming.

6. KICK Learn To Swim

Kick Learn To Swim
Teach your baby a true love of water with Kick's Droplets program, for babes 6 months to 3 years old

With KICK's Droplets program (babies aged 6 months to 3 years) your baby will develop a love of the water. These classes are about water familiarisation using toys and songs to encourage a fun and happy atmosphere with mum or dad in the water too. Babies are introduced to floating, submersion, propulsion, kicking and other important swimming skills so that they are confident and happy in the water. Research has found children who begin swimming lessons at a young age reach developmental milestones earlier than their peers. Located in Sydney's east, find out more about KICK Learn To Swim.

7. Funfitness Swim School At Croydon Tennis Centre

Funfitness Swim School @ Croydon Tennis Centre
With classes from as young as 4 months old, little ones will love the environment at Funfitness Swim School.

A fully enclosed, mineral saltwater pool heated to a comfortable 32 degrees! Funfitness Swim School at the Croydon Tennis Centre offers Parent & Baby lessons from 4 months to 18 months of age. There are three streams: Blue Tongue (4 – 9 months): Parent and child are introduced to water familiarisation and water safety. The parent and child will be guided by a teacher on how to hold their child in the water, submersion techniques, floating, kicking and paddling skills. Groups of 6-10. Water Dragon (9-18 mths): Parent and child will focus on improving their water familiarisation and water safety skills. Lessons will focus on the skill development of kicking, paddling, floating and submersions with the aim of being able to move short distances through the water, unaided. Groups of 6-10. Tadpole (18 - 36 months): Tadpole classes are designed for children who are not yet confident enough to participate in a lesson without their parents. This is a transition class between parent-and-baby and learn-to-swim group classes. Toddlers will begin to separate from their parents for longer periods. By the time they graduate Tadpole level, they will be confident enough in their lessons to be able to participate without their parents. Groups of 2-4.

Swim classes are small (a maximum of 10 for Babies and 4 for Learn to Swim programs) to ensure everyone gets plenty of attention. Funfitness Swim School is an AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia accredited swim school with fully qualified instructors. Health Fund benefits are available!

8. Jump! Swim Schools Crows Nest

Jump! Swim Schools
Little ones from 3 months old will love splashing around and learning about water confidence at Jump! Swim School

Jump! Swim Schools located in Crows Nest is a boutique learn-to-swim facility specialising in baby swim classes from 3 months of age. They provide small, intimate classes for your little ones in a purpose-built, indoor pool with UV-treated water heated to a warm 32 degrees, based in an environment free of distractions.

Jump! Swim’s expert qualified swimming teachers are experienced in teaching babies, toddlers and children up to pre-squad level, so your children are sure to feel safe and nurtured on their swimming journey. Book your FREE trial today.

9. Aquabliss

Aquabliss is a popular pick for families in Sydney's North and North-West.

Aquabliss provides premier learn-to-swim lessons for babies in Sydney’s North and North-West. Their Babybliss 1 program caters to little ones aged 6-16 months, and their Babybliss 2 program caters to babies aged 16 months and over. These classes are an excellent bonding period for the learner and their carer, in which the carer plays a vital role in the process. Each thirty-minute lesson will introduce skills through demonstrations, patterning and simple exercises. Skills will be learned and enjoyed through games, songs and routines to help your child learn.

10. Speedo Swim Centre

Speedo Swim Centre
This Bondi-based swim school boasts ultra-modern facilities and a warm, safe environment.

Speedo Swim Centre in Bondi Beach is a state-of-the-art 25-metre pool situated in the Speedo Fitness Centre, offering learn-to-swim classes for babies aged 6 months and over. The modern facilities include large en-suite bathrooms fitted with change tables, as well as nifty deck showers so mums and bubs can ‘rinse and run!’.Their Bondibubs classes are full of fun where little ones will learn swimming and safety skills in a safe, warm environment.

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Henry Duddy

Aug 19 2022

Neptune Swim School is amazing at Eastern Creek, water is toasty warm for the bubs.


Mar 28 2017

YMCA NSW do Baby Swimming Lessons too.