The Best Swim Schools In Sydney For Kids

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Swimming is an essential skill for children (and Aussie children in particular!) to learn as young as possible. From improving personal safety to being a great form of exercise, a way to meet new friends, develop social skills, boost confidence and self-esteem, and possibly even develop a passion or competitive skill- swim school will be of great benefit to your child.

Our list of the best swim schools and programs in Sydney will have your children excited to splash around week after week.

The Best Swim Schools In Sydney For Kids

1. Parramatta Aquatic Centre

Parramatta Aquatic Centre
Discover Learn to Swim classes at the Parramatta Aquatic Centre.

Parramatta Aquatic Centre is a the ultimate family hub for swimming and relaxation, located in the lush surrounds of Parramatta Park, offering wide-ranging features that include both indoor and outdoor pools PLUS an indoor splash zone for young children and families. All pools are heated for year-round use and feature disability access. 

Learn to Swim classes at The PAC are available throughout the year catering for a range of ages and abilities. Lessons are taught by AUSTSWIM or equivalent qualified accredited teachers. Swimming lessons cost $21 per week per child (12-week minimum commitment period, direct debit). The PAC School Holiday Swimming Intensives which are a great way to fast-track your child’s skills and confidence in the pool. Suitable for children 3 – 17 years, the program is the perfect way to keep them active during the holiday periods.

2. Carlile Swimming

Carlile Swimming
Carlile Swimming is renowned for developing a lifelong love of swimming in little ones!

If you’re looking for fun, safe, expert swimming lessons for your child, then you must check out Carlile Swimming.

For 65 years, Carlile Swimming has been at the cutting edge of learn-to-swim. They are now a world-renowned swim school. Carlile pioneered teaching babies and opened Sydney’s first indoor teaching pool. With nine locations throughout Sydney, you can find a Carlile Swimming location near you.

With small class sizes and personalised lessons from teachers trained well beyond the industry standard, Carlile gets to know your children and how best to work with them. The end goal is to help your child learn to swim well and develop a lifetime love of the water.

Carlile caters to all ages and abilities from Waterbabies to Olympians. Their approach is completely skills-based, helping children develop the building blocks to go to each new level with confidence. So if you have a nervous beginner, a child needing to develop their stroke, or a squad swimmer, your child is in safe hands with Carlile Swimming.

3. City Of Sydney Pools

City of Sydney Pools learn to swim programme
With six pools to choose from, City of Sydney's learn-to-swim programs are a popular pick!

City of Sydney operates six world-class aquatic leisure centers offering quality and affordable swimming lessons for children from 6 months old. Their classes are fun and informative and will establish a great foundation for little swimmers.

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 Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland.

All City Of Sydney Pools offer the esteemed GOswim Learn To Swim curriculum - an effective swimming and water safety program focusing on contemporary experiential and activity-based learning. Join anytime!

4. KICK Learn To Swim

KICK Learn To Swim Swimming School
Teaching water confidence and a true love of swimming, Kick's Learn to Swim approach inspires its participants.


Don’t just teach your children to swim, teach them to love swimming! It sounds simple, but that’s the basis of Kick Learn to Swim's approach to teaching swimming. Once your kids have developed their confidence in the water, KICK will help them with the development of strokes, and building swimming strength and endurance.

The classes are kept small so that kids receive individual attention and more swimming time within each half-hour lesson. Located in Sydney's east, find out more about Kick Learn to Swim

5. AustGrade Swim School

AustGrade Swim School
This Mascot-based swim school is great at teaching little ones essential water safety and survival skills. 


AustGrade Swim School is an AUSTSWIM-accredited swim school in Mascot focusing exclusively on learning to swim classes. The brand-new heated indoor pool sets at a pleasant 32 degrees and uses mineral salted chlorinated water, which is much better suited to children as it is gentler on the skin. 

Teaching essential water safety and survival skills, expert instructors use toys and aids to assist kids in developing swimming strokes, survival floating, breath control, and paddling without goggles at an early age. They will also learn how to reach for objects under the water and enter and exit the water safely. Classes are offered from Monday to Saturday for babies and toddlers from 4 months and up to the mini squad for primary-aged children. 

6. Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
There are swim programs to suit all ages and abilities at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre!


The Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is a world-class facility- swimming lessons here can give kids a sense of excitement and wonder, unlike any other Sydney pool. There is a swimming program to suit everyone, winning the 2013 NSW AUSTSWIM Swim Centre of the Year award for their commitment to community education on water safety and aquatic skills.

Children aged 6 months old through to adults can receive swim lessons taught by certified Austswim instructors, building a balance of aquatic skills and water confidence in a safe and friendly environment. Class sizes are small so your child will receive plenty of individual attention, running year-round on mornings, afternoons, and weekends.


YMCA Swimming
Multiple locations to choose from make YMCA's learn-to-swim classes a very popular choice.


The Y NSW offers swimming lessons for babies through to adults in several locations across Sydney including Mt Annan, Ku-ring-gai and Broken Hill. Swimming and water safety skills are just the beginning of what your child will learn with The Y NSW - they will also learn personal survival skills for rivers, lakes and the ocean, lifesaving skills and much more. Your child’s progress will be closely monitored, and they will receive a certificate after they complete each level.

Classes are designed to be fun, with each child given the space to learn at their own pace. To boot, they offer FREE trial lessons!

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Mar 24 2017

Kids Aquatic survival school is by far the best for water safety and equipping children with competency based skills.


Mar 09 2017

Swim recruit are wonderful! Victoria is lovely, professional and best of all the children love her and look forward to their swimming lessons each week. My children and their swimming buddies have made great progress in their swimming skills and it has been a pleasure to watch them enjoy the process


Mar 03 2017

With regards to Cook and Philip, I have two Children at this swim school, facilities are great, teachers are great, progression through classes and individual assessments do not happen regularly enough, frequent changes of teachers also.