Week-long camps every afternoon from 1st July to 23rd August for children from 3 months old until 6 years old in our Chambesy pool. 

For children older than 7 years old we have week long summer camps at Starling Hotel on 15-19 July; 22-26 July and 19-23 August . 



Send an email directly to: with the first name, last name, date of birth of your child + the week you would like to follow a swim camp. 

All levels welcome, lessons in English & in French.

Practical information

Chambesy pool: 

A perfect environment for babies and young children to learn how to swim. A small, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 33°c and a movable floor, which means children can touch the bottom of the pool and feel safe and comfortable. Lessons are in French & English. 

Classes last 30 minutes each afternoon at the same time from Monday to Friday from July 1 to August 23:
between 14h30 - 18h30 

Upon registration, a time slot will be offered according to level of swimming. 


Lessons in English and French. 

(For safety reason, it is required the child understands and speaks either French or English when alone in the pool). 


Price: Full week: 195 CHF for one-week camp (5 days) - first child

Second child: 10% off for (176 CHF).

Third child: 20% off (156 CHF)

Location: Clair Bois*, Chemin William-Barbey 20, 1292 Chambesy.

Please see below the lessons we have for summer camps. We have plenty of free space and have time that are not yet allocated. Don't hesitate to contact us with your favourite week and time slot. 

Starling Hotel Pool:

A 20m, heated indoor pool with water and air temperature of 29-30°c, specifically dedicated for children 6 years of age and older. Small classes in French & English. Please note; no children under 5 years of age are allowed in the Starling Hotel pool (even if not swimming). 

Lessons for Summer camps at the Starling hotel are on 15-19 July; 22-26 July and 19-23 August 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 2.00pm till 5.00pm


40 minute lessons in English and French

(please note this is not a language course so the teacher will speak the language the child feels more confortable with). 


Upon registration, a time slot will be offered according to level of swimming. 

Price: 156 CHF for one-week camp (4 days) - first child

Second child: 10% off for (140 CHF).

Third child: 20% off (125 CHF)

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

Please note that we do not offer a replacement lesson in case of absence, even due to illness.


There is no waiting list for Summer camps. Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis.

Our pool is a teaching pool and we are only open during teaching hours. 

Important Information

Who can attend?

Children as young as 3 months of age up to 5 years old are welcome in our Chambesy facility. Children who are 5 years and older will be registered in our Grand Saconnex pool. All levels are most welcome in both our pools. Don't hesitate to register your children even if he/she is a beginner and a little older. It's never too late to learn how to swim! 

Parents in the water?

For children between 3 months and 3,5 years of age, 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. At the Chambesy, parents can then enjoy watching their children through the window, without having to get changed! At the Starling Hotel, only one parent per swimming child is allowed to wait and watch their child from the pool deck. Please note that no other non swimming children are allowed on the pool deck at the Starling (not even newborns). 

How it works: 

After registrations, we contact you with a spot proposal depending on level of swimming (or age). You will be in the same class for the entire camp. They will be with children of similar age/ability. Lessons are 30 minutes each in Chambesy and 40 minutes at the Starling. Lessons are in English or French. It is important that for children who are alone in the water with the teacher, they understand either French or English. For classes with parents in the water, we require the parent to understand either French or English. Please note, we are not a language camp, therefore teachers will speak the language your child is most at ease with.  

How we teach? 

  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. 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 (for Chambesy: max 5 kids per teacher in unaccompanied lessons, and 5/6 in parent-child classes - For Starling: Maximum 6 kids per class). At the Chambesy pool,  all of our teachers are always in the water to ensure that every child (or parent) receives personal attention. At the Starling pool, teachers will be in the water if the exercice require it or if the level of the child requires a teacher to be in the water. 


Kids are in the water and active for the entire lesson. There is no waiting around on the pool deck. 

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. 


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: