GENEVA - Beau-Séjour (Champel - near HUG) 


Two 33° heated pools to learn how to swim from 4 months old to 15 years old.


Winter 2020 term starts on Saturday 11th January and finishes on Sunday 5th April 2020.

The term is 12 lessons and the price is 480 CHF for the entire term. 

 We are on holiday during the weekend of 15/16 February 2020 (school holidays).

The children currently enrolled and their siblings have priority but we have the following places available : 


STARFISH (from 4 months until 12 months - parent in the water): 

Saturday 9.00am, 9.30am, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 9.30am, 2.00pm, 2.30pm

SEAHORSES (between 12-24 months old - parent in the water): 

Saturday 10.40am, 4.00pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 2.00pm, 2.30pm

GOLDFISH (between 2 and 3.5 years old - parent in the water):

Saturday 9.00am, 11.10am, 2.10pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 10.00am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 2.00pm

TURTLES (between 2 and 3.5 years old Advanced - parent in the water): 

Saturday 2.40pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm, 4.40pm ; Sunday 9.00am, 2.00pm

PLATYPUS (from 3.5 years old - beginners):

Saturday 2.10pm, 3.50pm, 4.10pm, 4.20pm ; Sunday 10.00am, 1.30pm, 2.00pm

SEA OTTER (child is not afraid of water, knows how to put his head underwater & to float on his back without help):

Saturday 10.00am, 3.10pm, 3.40pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 10.10am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm

PENGUIN (Child knows how to dog paddle alone on 3m in deep water & glide autonomously):

Saturday 10.00am, 1.30pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 9.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am, 2.00pm, 2.30pm

SEAL (Child starts the front and back crawl movements for 5m):

Saturday 1.30pm, 2.10pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 9.30am, 11.40am, 2.00pm

DOLPHIN (For learners who can do 10m of controlled front crawl (with bi-lateral breathing) and 10m of controlled back crawl):

Saturday 1.30pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 11.00am, 2.00pm

SHARK (Child swims 25m in a controlled manner front & back crawl and breaststroke):

Saturday 1.30pm, 4.10pm, 4.30pm ; Sunday 11.00am, 2.00pm

To register, send us an email directly to with :

1. the child's first name and surname, 

2. the date of birth of your child and your mobile number

3. the day and time of the chosen course

Please note that we do not offer replacement courses in case of absence, even due to illness. We do not offer trial lessons. The entire term is due but you can cancel your registrations after 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. 

Beau Sejour (Champel) teaching hours:

Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.30pm

Sunday: 9.00 am - 5.30pm

Classes last 30 minutes for parent & child classes, Platypus & Sea otters and 40 minutes for all other levels

​Lessons in French & English.

Family discounts: 

2nd Child: 10% discount (432 CHF)

3rd Child: 20% discount (384 CHF)

4th child: 30% discount (336 CHF)



Pool at Hôpital Beau-Séjour 


This facility boasts two heated pools: a small one for our young independent swimmers or parent/baby classes and a 25m, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 33°c, specifically dedicated for our experienced or older children. Small classes in French & English.  

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

Important Information


Who can attend?

All children staring from 4 months of age until 15 years old can join the Beau Séjour swimming pool. Beginners but also experienced swimmers are welcome in our pool. 


Parents in the water?

For children between 4 months and 3,5 years of age, 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 can then enjoy watching their children, without having to get changed! 


How it works: 

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 or 40 minutes each. Lessons are in English or French, but our teachers also speak other languages. 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 we teach? 

 Our “demonstrate, encourage, applaud, repeat” philosophy is the difference between children developing skills in the water and  resisting. 

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 6 kids per teacher in unaccompanied lessons, and 5/6 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. There is no waiting around on the pool deck. 

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.

For older or more experienced children, teachers don't always go in the water with the children. It will solely depend on the exercices and the level of swimming of the children. 

We create a comfortable and fun environment for children. 


See what other parents think about us by visiting the testimonial page.

More questions? Please send us an email

To contact us please use the email corresponding to the school your would like to attend: