How is Red Whale different from other swim schools and swimming lessons?
1. Comfortable water temperature:
We only teach in warm pools. Pools that are less than 30°c are not suitable for young children. No shivering children on the side of the pool at Red Whale.
2. The perfect environment for children to learn:
Small pools, without the overwhelming noise and volume of people of a large public pool. Our classes are small as well (maximum 4 to 7 children per classes, depending on age).
3. We offer lessons from 3 months of age.
Starting early means your child will be safer and more confident in the water, and ultimately a better swimmer. Swimming is a great parent-child bonding activity as well. All of our teachers have specific qualifications to teach babies and toddlers.
4. Lesson times that work for you!
We try an offer lesson times when working parents can attend. We have three different pools in Geneva (Champel, Chambesy and Grand-Saconnex), one pool in Lausanne and one in Montreux. We also offer lessons on Saturday and Sunday. Lessons for children younger than 3.5 years old require a parent or an adult in the water. For independent swimmers, parents do not have to get changed and can watch their child from the waiting area. There is no entry fee for parents.
5. Personal attention.
We have small class sizes and our teachers are always in the water when the level of swimming of your child requires it. This means children progress much faster.
6. A fun approach:
We follow the International Learn to Swim programme (commonly used in UK, Australia, USA) which encourages learning through games and activities. Children should enjoy their lessons and want to come back each week. We don't believe in a military style approach that traumatises children.
7. The best teachers:
Our teachers are professionals and highly passionate. This is their profession and definitely not a student job. They have specific qualifications to teach babies and children.
To learn more about the benefits of learning to swim at a young age, please visit our dedicated page.