A warm, child friendly pool - lessons from 4 months of age.
Registration for Spring term 2021 has been postponed due to pool closures by the Canton. As soon as restrictions are lifted, we will inform you.
If you wish to be kept informed, please register to our newsletter on the homepage as we will send out an email as soon as we open up again. We thank you in advance for your patience and hope to see everyone back in the water soon!
A NOTE ON THE SANITARY SITUATION:
As Red Whale conducts its classes in hot therapeutic pools, we are not yet allowed to reopen due to federal anti-COVID measures. In addition, while indoor activities for children under 20 have been allowed to restart, adults are not allowed in the facility.
This means that our parent-child or very young child classes cannot yet take place.
As the Conseil federal as not eased the measures, we will have to wait until the 14th April 2021 until we know under which measures we can open our pool.
Therefore, we will not send out schedules and invoices until we know when we can reopen our pools. As we do not know when classes will resume, we cannot yet give you the price for the spring 2021 term.
Our courses cost CHF 40 each (no additional pool entry fee for children or parents).
Please note that we do not offer 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 a technical issue, we offer a make-up lesson and not a refund. There is no refund in case the school closes due to unforeseen circumstances.
Payment for the entire term is due prior to the first lesson. However, 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.
Montreux teaching hours:
Saturday: 8.30am to 1.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am to 1.30pm
Classes last 30 minutes and are given in French & English.
2nd Child: 10% discount
3rd Child: 20% discount
4th child: 30% discount
PLACES ARE LIMITED. IF LESSONS ARE OVERSUBSCRIBED, SPOTS WILL BE ALLOCATED IN ORDER OF REGISTRATION.
A perfect environment for babies and young children to learn how to swim!
A heated indoor pool with water temperature of 31°c.
Small classes (max 3 to 6 children depending on age & level) and teachers in the water to ensure personal attention & maximum progression.
Lessons in French & English.
Parking: Public parking is available opposite the pool at the Royal Hotel Plaza. Please note that parking spaces in Montreux are difficult to find. Red Whale is not responsible if you do not find parking in time for your lesson.
Public transport: The train station Belmont sur Montreux is only 10 minutes walk from the pool.
Who can attend?
Any child from 4 months old and no upper age limit. Children of all abilities and experience are welcome.
Beginners are especially welcome.
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 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.
See what other parents think about us by visiting the testimonial page.
More questions? Contact us by email