GENEVA - Chambésy

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




Winter 2020 term starts on Monday 6th 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 week of 10-16 February 2020 (school holidays).

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


STARFISH (from 6 months until 12 months - parent in the water): 

Thursday  2.00pm & 2.30pm ; Friday 4.30pm

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

Tuesday 5.30pm ; Thursday  2.00pm ; Friday 7pm ; Saturday 2.30pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pm

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

Thursday  2.00pm & 3.00pm ; Saturday 9.00am, 4.30pm ; Sunday 9.00am, 1.00pm 

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

Monday 6.30pm ; Tuesday 5.00pm ; Saturday 3.30pm ; Sunday 8.30am

PLATYPUS (from 3.5 years old - beginners):

Tuesday 7.00pm, 7.30pm ; Wednesday 7.30pm ; Friday 5.30pm, 7.30pm ; Saturday 11.00am, 1.00pm

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

Monday 4.30pm, 6.00pm ; Tuesday 4.30pm ; Saturday 12.30pm ; Sunday 10.00am, 11.30am 

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

Monday 7.00pm ; Friday 6.00pm ; Saturday 10.30am ; Sunday 12.30pm

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. 

Chambesy teaching hours:

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

Thursday: 2.00 pm to 3.30pm

Saturday: 8.30am to 17.00pm

Sunday: 8.30am to 1.30pm

Lessons in French & English. 

Family discounts: 

2nd Child: 10% discount (432 CHF)

3rd Child: 20% discount (384 CHF)

4th child: 30% discount (336 CHF)


Our Heated Pool in


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.

Important Information

Who can attend?

Children as young as 4 months of age up to 5 years old are welcome in our Chambesy facility. Beginners are especially welcome in our Chambesy pool, but children of all abilities and experience are welcome. 

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 through the window, 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 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. 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 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.


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: