The Best Swim Schools In Sydney

  • Kids

By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

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

1. Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

The Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is a world-class facility- swmimming 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.




Already have a pool? SWIM RECRUIT Mobile Swim School will come to you! SWIM RECRUIT has a talented, passionate and nurturing team of instructors based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, offering tailored lessons to suit your child’s needs, servicing babies from 6 months through to adults. Whether they are learning to swim, want to improve their current skills or hope to prepare for a school carnival or competition, SWIM RECRUIT has you covered. These instructors genuinely care; they will nurture where your child is at with swimming, and provide a program that treats them as a unique individual.


Portrait of a pretty young girl enjoying a swim on a hot day looking at you

3. Aquabliss

Aquabliss provides premier Learn To Swim facilities in Sydney’s North and North-West. They also offer parent + child classes, development and competitive squads, aqua aerobics, adult learn to swim and adult squads. Children will learn all about water safety in a fun, safe and challenging environment, under the guidance of enthusiastic Austswim qualified instructors. Squads are graded and perfect for children showing some flare in the pool, allowing them to develop and progress at a level that suits them. They offer private tuition, term programs, monthly programs, and holiday intensives to suit a range of needs.



4. All Sorts Gym, Swim & Indoor Sports Centre

All Sorts is an impressive all-in-one fitness hub centrally located in the heart of Alexandria. They have a large, professional swim school catering to children aged 6 months all the way through to adults. Whether your child is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced swimmer, there is a class that will cater to their ability and age level, as well as School Holiday Intensive Swimming lessons, adult lessons, stroke clinics and squads. In the comfort of the All Sorts heated, 25m indoor pool, learn-to-swim operates 48 weeks of the year, run by dedicated Austswim certified and CPR qualified instructors. You’ll not only love their classes, but also their weekend family swim zones and excellent facilities including sauna, spa, wellness centre, change rooms and a fingerprint-secured supervised creche.


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5. FunFitness Swim  @ Croydon Tennis Centre

FunFitness Swim School; located at Croydon Tennis Centre is a GOLD level AUSTswim and Swim Australia accredited swimming school, offering learn-to-swim programs for children aged 3 months through to adults.  Children’s group classes are 30 minutes in duration, adult group classes are 45 minutes in duration and run seven days a week. Private lessons, holiday intensive programs and more are all available too. FunFitness Swim School offers a safe, friendly and family-oriented environment for children and adults to gain water confidence, independence, and improve skill level. Lessons are taught in a fully enclosed, mineral saltwater pool heated to a comfortable 32 degrees, with a focus on safety, health and fun. Pop in and meet the team!


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6. Sydney’s Metro Pools

Sydney has some gorgeous pools in the metropolitan area: Andrew Boy Charlton (outdoor), Prince Alfred Park Pool (outdoor), Victoria Park Pool (outdoor), Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre (indoor), and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (indoor). For 22 weeks of the year, the outdoor pools run Learn-To-Swim programs based on Swim and Survive from Royal Life Saving Society (Australia) during the warmer weather. For the indoor pools, Learn-To-Swim children’s programs run for 48 weeks of the year, and are based on a holistic approach to aquatic education- your children will learn to swim, develop their stroke, and have fun! Children get a free swimming assessment when you book, as well as ongoing assessments throughout the program so that your child’s progression is well-tracked.


4 College St, Sydney - 5th November 2016. Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre open day. The City of Sydney host a series of free open days, inviting locals, visitors and workers to come and explore the City's swimming pools and fitness centres.


YMCA 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 YMCA- 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!







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.