Heated, child friendly pools dedicated to children of 5 months old and above.  
Lessons every day, including Saturday & Sunday.

healthy family mother teaching baby swim



Our Autumn term in Geneva consists of 15 lessons from 30 August to 19 December.

We do not hold classes on 23/24 October 2021.

A Covid certificate is compulsory for everyone from 16 years old in all our pool. Failure to provide a covid certificate will prevent you from entering our pools. 

ALL CHILDREN WELCOME from 5 months old to young teenagers, all levels accepted (depending on pools). 


The price of the term is 600 CHF all inclusive (sibling's discount from the second child).


We do not offer trial lessons but for new children, you can cancel 24 hours after the first lesson

and you will be reimbursed for the remainder of the lessons. 


Classes last 30 or 40 minutes (according to the level) and are given in French & English.

Due to the anti-COVID measures outlined by the Conseil Federal, there is a possibility that we may not allow parents inside the pool hall to watch independent swimming lessons. For Parent/child classes, only one parent is allowed in the pool hall.   

This means that parents will not be allowed to see the classes of children swimming independently and children will not be able to see their parents. Therefore, for the comfort of your children, we strongly suggest to enrol only children that are comfortable following a class without parents for 30 minutes.​​

Family discounts: 

2nd Child: 10% discount

3rd Child: 20% discount

4th child: 30% discount

Terms and Conditions: 

Please note that we do not offer any replacement courses in case of absence, even due to illness.

We do not offer trial lessons.

In the rare event that we cancel a lesson due to technical reasons, we offer a make-up lesson and not a refund. 

Payment for the entire term is due prior to the first lesson. 

Registration is by term. Each child has one lesson per week at the same time throughout the term.

Our pool is a teaching pool and we are only open during teaching hours.  

Please read our full terms and conditions before applying. 


A perfect environment for babies and young children to learn how to swim. 


A small, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 33°c, which means children will feel safe and comfortable. Lessons are in French & English. 

All levels from 5 months old to 6 years old (beginners welcome!)

We teach in Chambesy from Monday to Friday (except Thursday) from 4.30pm until 8.00pm, on Saturday all day from 8.30am and Sunday from 8.30am until 2pm. 

We teach in Gradelle from Monday to Friday (except Thursday) from 5.00 pm until 8.00pm. We do not teach on Saturday and Sunday. 



 Clair Bois Chambésy*, Chemin William-Barbey 20, 1292 Chambesy.

We still have a few spaces available in Chambésy. To register, please send an email with Name and Date of birth of your child to:


Clair Bois Gradelle, Chemin du Pré-du-Couvent 3b, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland

We still have a few spaces available in Gradelle (Chêne-Bourgeries). To register, please send an email with Name and Date of birth of your child to:




This facility boasts two heated pools: a small 5m pool and a 20m, heated indoor pool with water temperature of 33°c.


This means that we can accommodate our young independent swimmers or parent/baby classes, as well as our older and more experienced swimmers in one facility.  


Small classes in French & English.


We teach in Champel (Beau Sejour) all day Saturday from 8.45am and on Sunday from 8.45am until 1pm.  

ADDRESS: Hôpital de Beau-Séjour, Avenue de Beau-Séjour 26, 1206 Genève, Switzerland


PARKING: Available at near the pool. They are white zone directly in front of the pool. However, please note parking spots in Geneva are hard to find. Red Whale is not responsible if you cannot find parking in time for your lesson.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Many busses and trams stop nearby

We teach in Champel (Beau Sejour) all day Saturday from 8.45am and on Sunday from 8.45am until 1pm. 

We still have a few spaces available in Champel (Beau sejour). To register, please send an email with Name and Date of birth of your child to:


Who can attend?

All children from 5 months old to young teenagers, depending on the pool. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Parents in the water?

For children between 5 months old and 3.5 years old, parents are with children in the water.

When children are ready to swim by themselves (normally between 2.5 - 4 years old), they become independent swimmers. 

Parents wait in the waiting area where they can see their child swim. For parent and child lessons, it's only ONE parent in the water per lesson but you can change the parent each time. 


How does it work? 

Classes are held at the same time and on the same day once a week for the duration of the term. They will be with children of similar age/ability. Lessons are 30 minutes each. Lesson are given in French and English. We always demonstrate a skill to the children (rather than just tell them), so we can teach children with different language skills in the same class.


How do we teach? 

 Our “demonstrate, encourage, applaud, repeat” philosophy is the difference between children developing skills in the water and  resisting. It is critical that teachers are in the water, so they can instruct children with their actions as well as their voices. This also builds the child’s confidence to  try new things and make significant breakthroughs. For our younger classes, we use a lot of singing and games to keep them smiling and engaged.

Why Red Whale is different?

We ONLY teach in warm water. We recognise that it is important for children to be comfortable during swimming lessons.

Our class sizes are relatively small (max 5 kids per teacher in unaccompanied lessons, and 6 in parent-child classes), and all of our teachers are always in the water to ensure that every child (or parent) receives personal attention. 


Kids are in the water and active for the entire lesson. 

We follow the teaching methodology widely used in countries like Australia, USA and the UK whereby the teachers will always demonstrate skills in the water, rather than give instructions from the side of the pool.


We create a comfortable and fun environment for children in a boutique setting. 


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