GENEVA - Grand Saconnex (Hilton Hotel) 

A 20 metre heated pool dedicated to children 5 years and older.

Pre-registration for the Winter and Spring term 2021 is now online.

Please follow the link below to fill out a registration form. 


We have limited spots available, and are usually oversubscribed for popular time slots. Therefore, registering does not guarantee you a spot as we work on a first come, first served basis. We do our best to accommodate as many children as possible. The more flexible your are with your availability, the more chance you have to get a spot.  


Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we do not know yet when pools will reopen for Winter 2021 term. Normally the term would start the week of 5 January, but we will have to wait for the Canton and the decisions of the pool operators to be able to open up again.

Therefore, we will not send out a schedule nor invoices before we find out when we can open up our pools again. As we do not know when classes will resume, we cannot yet give you the price of the Winter/Spring 2021 term.

Our classes are 40 CHF each (no additional pool entry cost for children or parent).


The pool we teach at in Grand Saconnex is located within the Hilton Hotel. Due to hotel rules, parents cannot unfortunately see their children swim as they cannot access the pool hall. We are also not allowed to use their changing facilities. Please note that there are no exceptions to these rules. 

Starling teaching hours:

Wednesday: 2.50pm - 5.40pm 

Friday: 4.40pm - 8.00pm

Saturday: 9am - 1.00pm​

Classes last 40 minutes and are given in French and English. 

Family discounts: 

2nd Child: 10% discount

3rd Child: 20% discount

4th child: 30% discount

Terms and Conditions

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 technical problems, we offer a make-up lesson and not a refund. 

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. 

Please read our full terms and conditions before applying. 


(Hilton Hotel)

A 20m, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 29°c, specifically dedicated for children 5 years of age and older.


Small classes in French & English.  

ADDRESS*: Hilton 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 Hilton 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 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 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 do 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. 


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More questions? Contact us by email

To contact us please use the email corresponding to the school your would like to attend: