GENEVA - Grand Saconnex (Starling Hotel) 

A 20 meter heated pool dedicated to children 6 years and older.

Please note - no children under 6 years of age are allowed in the Starling. Parents are also not allowed in the pool area and cannot view the lessons.  

For babies and children under 6 years old, visit our Beau-séjour swimming pool in Champel or our Geneva Chambésy swimming pool.


The 2020 winter quarter begins on Wednesday, January 8 and ends on Saturday, April 4, 2020. 

The term is 12 lessons and the price is 468 CHF for the whole 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 : 



PLATYPUS (all ages - beginners):

Wednesday 3:00 pm; Saturday 11:40 am


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

Friday 5:45 pm and 7:10 pm; Saturday 11:00 am


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

Wednesday 3:40 pm; Friday 6:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am, 10:20 am & 11:00 am 


SEAL (Child starts the front and back crawl movements for 5m):

Wednesday 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm; Friday 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm & 7:10 pm; Saturday 9:40 am & 10:20 am



SHARK (Child swims 25m in a controlled manner front & back crawl and breaststroke)

Friday 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am


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. 

Classes last 30 minutes for Platypus & Sea otters and 40 minutes for all other levels


Starling teaching hours:

Wednesday: 3.00pm - 5.40pm 

Friday: 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Saturday: 9am - 1.00pm

​Lessons in French & English.

Family discounts: 

2nd Child: 10% discount (421 CHF)

3rd Child: 20% discount (375 CHF)

4th child: 30% discount (328 CHF)


Pool at Starling Hotel 

 Grand Saconnex

A 20m, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 29-30c, specifically dedicated for children 5 years of age and older. Small classes in French & English.  

ADDRESS: Starling Hotel, Route François Peyrot 34, 1218 Grand Saconnex

* Entrance through the reception and following the pool direction (left hand side)


PARKING: Available at the hotel - 30 min free. 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: 10 minutes walk from Airport train station. Bus 5, F or 28.

Important Information


Who can attend?

Children starting at 6 years of age of all levels can attend our Grand Saconnex pool. Sadly the Starling hotel does not allow parents in the pool area. Therefore parents cannot see the lesson.

At our Chambésy Pool, we welcome babies starting from 4 months old and children younger than 6 years of age, where all levels including beginners are welcome. At our Champel pool, we welcome children starting 4 months old until 15 years old. 


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 or 40 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. 

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 the Grand Saconnex pool), and all of our teachers are following the teaching methodology widely used in countries like Australia, USA and the UK whereby the teachers will always demonstrate skills. 


Kids are in the water and active for the entire lesson. There is no waiting around on the pool deck. Exception is made when they need to walk when coming out of the water to restart the length.

As children in the Grand Saconnex pool are older, teachers don't always go in the water with the children. It will solely depend on the exercices and the level of children. 

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: