The Autumn term in Lausanne starts on Saturday 26 August 2023 and ends on Sunday 17 December 2023. We will have the weekend of 21/22 October 2023 off.
The Autumn term consists of 16 lessons and costs CHF 672 (excluding sibling discount).
Unfortunately, we are fully booked for the Autumn term. We are sincerely sorry. We will start building our own pool in Lausanne and aim to have it completed by September 2024. We will then have plenty of space for everyone!
There is no waiting list. Registrations for Winter 2024 term will start in December.
For all children from 5 months - all levels welcome!
We teach on Saturday all day & Sunday morning.
If you want lessons during the week, you can come to Geneva (Bellevue).
We hold small classes, have teachers in the water and teach in French and English.
Classes last 30 minutes or 40 minutes (depending on the level).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You create your family account and choose the level in which you want your child to swim in. If you don't know your child's swimming level, choose a lower level. It is easier to move your child to a higher level than to move them down. Please note that for independent swimmers level is NOT based on age but on competence. The explanations of the swimming levels can be found on the corresponding page.
Children under 3.5 years old swim with a parent in the water. You can change the parent but only ONE parent goes into the water. There must be one responsible adult per child in the water; under no circumstances can the teacher take your second child on the course.
Children aged 3.5 years and over swim alone, without parents. They must however be able to follow the instructions given by the teacher in French or English (our teachers are bilingual) and be able to be separated from their parents for 30 minutes. If this is not the case, please choose the last level of parent & child classes.
Once the registration is validated, it is not possible to cancel or modify it, except if a medical certificate cancels the entire term and is sent by email one week BEFORE the start of the term.
We have a very strict ONE parent per swimming child policy. This means only one parent can come inside our facility. The only exception are starfishes (5 month to 12 months which can have both parents present to help out with getting changed).
For parent/child lessons, we only allow one parent/ child in the pool. You can however change parents every lesson.
2nd Child: 10% discount
3rd Child: 20% discount
4th child: 30% discount
Please be aware that the family discount does NOT show on the family portal but will be automatically deducted once payment has been processed, not before. In the rare event of the siblings' discount not having been automatically added once payment has been processed, please contact us.
Terms and Conditions - Lausanne:
Please note that once you have paid for the lesson, it is automatically assumed you have read and accepted the terms and conditions.
We do not offer any replacement courses in case of absence, even due to illness. We do not change your course on an ad-hoc basis.
We do not offer trial lessons, are only open during teaching hours and you cannot stay to swim.
We have a strict one parent per swimming child policy. This means only one adult can accompany the child who swims.
If you have two children who swim in parent/child lessons, you will need two adults to come in the water.
In the event your child is crying, we gently ask you to leave the pool hall as, like in kindergarden/crèche/school, once the parent is out of sight, the child generally stops crying. However, stay close-by in case, your child would be very upset.
In the rare event that we cancel a lesson due to technical reasons, we offer a credit to be used next time you register and not a refund.
Payment for the entire term is due upon registration.
Once the registration is validated, it is not possible to cancel or modify it, except if a medical certificate cancels the entire term and is sent by email three days BEFORE the start of the term.
In case the lesson has less than 3 registered children, we reserve the right to cancel the class and offer you either another time or a refund.
COVID: in case the government or Redwhale mandates sanitary measures like masks, vaccination, testing, the parent will be required to comply with those measures. Not complying will allow Redwhale to not grant you access to the facility and will result in cancellation of your participation without refund or credit.
For all children aged between 5 months old and young teenagers. All levels welcome!
A heated indoor pool with water temperature between 31 and 32°C.
Small classes (max 3 to 6 children, depending on age & level) with teachers in the water to ensure personal attention & maximum progression.
Lessons in French & English.
We teach on Saturday all day & Sunday morning
If you cannot find the information, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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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