GENEVA - Chambésy

A small heated pool dedicated to children from 4 months to 5 years of age.  

Lessons every day, including Saturday & Sunday.


Pre-registration for the Winter and Spring term 2021 is now online.


Please follow the link below to fill out a registration form. 


We have limited spots available, and are usually oversubscribed for popular time slots. Therefore, registering does not guarantee you a spot as we work on a first come, first served basis. We do our best to accommodate as many children as possible. The more flexible your are with your availability, the more chance you have to get a spot.  


Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we do not know yet when pools will reopen for Winter 2021 term. Normally the term would start the week of 5 January, but we will have to wait for the Canton and the decisions of the pool operators to be able to open up again.

Therefore, we will not send out a schedule nor invoices before we find out when we can open up our pools again. As we do not know when classes will resume, we cannot yet give you the price of the Winter/Spring 2021 term.

Our classes are 40 CHF each (no additional pool entry cost for children or parent).

Chambesy teaching hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 4.30 to 8 pm

Saturday: 8.30am to 17.00pm

Sunday: 8.30am to 3.30pm 

Classes last 30 minutes and are given in French & English.

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. However, you can cancel your registrations after the first lesson within 24hours if you are a newly registered child.

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 and a movable floor, which means children can touch the bottom of the pool and feel safe and comfortable. Lessons are in French & English. 


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


* Enter through the small gate on Chemin de Chambesy  and then through the glass door with your access badge. 


PARKING: Available in a white zone directly outside the entrance. 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: Two minutes walk from Chambésy train station. Trains from Gare Cornavin take 6 minutes.


Who can attend?

All children from 4 months old to 5 years old. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Older children who are not beginners can swim at the Grand Saconnex swimming pool which is strictly reserved for children older than 5 years old and who already able to swim at least 10 meters freestyle. Children of all ages are welcome at the Beau-séjour swimming pool


Parents in the water?

For children between 4 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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More questions? Contact us by email

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