Want your little one to learn to swim? Then check out these swimming classes for kids in Singapore. Ready, set, splash!
However old your children are, there’s one thing parents can agree on: teaching them to swim is crucial. Learning good water safety is a life skill we should all be imparting down to our little ones – you never know when they might need it. And, from a fun perspective, learning to swim is all kinds of awesome! With the tropical weather we enjoy year-round in Singapore, it’s so easy to head to your condo or local public swimming pool, or enjoy a day on Sentosa’s beaches. If you’re ready to take the plunge and find swimming lessons for kids in Singapore, look no further. We’ve got all the best swim schools in Singapore in one handy read. And don’t forget, it’s never too early to start! Check out our guide to swimming lessons in Singapore for babies to get even the tiniest of tots splash happy!
The best swim schools and swimming lessons for kids in Singapore
1. SWISH! Swimming
We’re big fans of Swish Swimming (pictured above) and for good reason. Not only are the swimming instructors the loveliest people ever, but the actual swim lessons are fab and the pools are, too. If you want the kids to learn to swim, be sure to check the facilities and the children’s classes out. It’s tucked away within the Loewen Cluster on Dempsey Hill, and you’ll find both indoor and outdoor pools set in a beautifully restored black-and-white property. There’s also the recently opened swim studio over at Core Collective Dempsey (we held a pool party there to celebrate!). Swimming lessons for babies are available, and the swim school also provides swim lessons for children with special needs. Not only that, there are ‘Auntie and Me’ lessons for helpers, and even Merfit sessions for aspiring mermaids.
Where: Swish Swimming, 72 Loewen Road, #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 248848
All kids are catered for at aquaDucks, which has helped swimmers of all ages since 1989. The swimming program consists of 18 levels, so you can be sure everyone from babies through to toddlers, preschoolers and beyond are looked after. And the 2000+ students on its books are a testament to that! This is a world-class swimming experience, with a professional team of swim coaches. And the kids? Well, they’ll take to this effective learning environment like ducks to water! All the pools are also covered, heated and salt-chlorinated, which is kinder on sensitive skin. Don’t miss this guide to 5 things you need to know about learning how to swim, which aquaDucks put together exclusively for HoneyKids.
Where: Own pools at Dempsey, Newton, Queenstown and Turf City and at two country clubs; Hollandse Club and Swiss Club.
3. Happy Fish Swim School
Happy Fish Swim School has been running (or should that be swimming?) since 2007 and it’s gone from strength to strength. It offers swim classes for kids of every age, all the way from four months onwards! Plus, if you need to brush up on your own swim strokes, it offers adult swimming lessons, too. How good?! The pools are indoor and heated to make the whole experience a whole lot lovelier, which we like. Those awesome peeps also offer special needs swim classes, prenatal sessions and lifesaving courses.
Where: Six indoor pools islandwide: Wild Wild Wet, Bedok, Jurong East, Horsecity, Jurong East 2 and Bukit Timah
4. Swim to Fly
Did you know that swimming is kind of like flying? So say the folks at Swim to Fly, who say their revolutionary swim method will show results from as early as the first swimming lesson. This swim method is especially designed for beginners without real swimming experience or for swimmers with bad habits that need to be corrected. Choose from private online or offline lessons and have your kids learning water safety and backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke in three simple steps. The instructors also swear to be able to cure aquaphobia. Sounds pretty amazing to us! Contact them for a free trial and to find out if they can come to your condo.
Where: Teaching locations in Novena, Newton, Orchard, Bukit Timah, Serangoon, Sentosa, Farrer Road and River Valley.
5. Little Splashes
At Little Splashes, the swim coaches pride themselves on being more than just a swim school for children to attend swimming lessons. Other than teaching strokes and water confidence, they believe in cognitive development, holistic learning and social interaction. We love how they create real scenarios for kids so that our little ones can get as much experience as possible in certain situations. Lessons are kept to an attention-grabbing 30 minutes, and the focus is on fun and play. We likey!
Where: Indoor pools at Siglap, Yio Chu Kang and Jalan Salaseh
6. Isplash Swim School
Isplash is fast becoming one of the leading swim schools for kids in Singapore. Safety is the name of the game here. In fact, its in-house swimming instructors are certified to coach the SwimSafer Program in accordance with Ministry Of Education. Whoop! Lessons cost as low as $17.50 per lesson and are held at various public pools, such as Jurong West Swimming Complex, Bukit Batok Swimming Complex and Taman Jurong Lake Swimming Complex. If you prefer private swimming lessons at your condo or want a group class at another location, the friendly team will happily do a free matching service for you.
Where: Various locations islandwide
7. Marsden Swim School
Marsden Swim School is one of the oldest swim schools in Singapore. It offers swimming lessons for all ages, and the covered and heated pools mean swim classes can go ahead, rain or shine! All the coaches are accredited and highly trained, so your kids – and you if you take adult classes! – are in good hands. We love that it also offers a swim camp, too.
Where: Locations at The Grandstand, Queenstown Swimming Complex, Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex and German European Singapore School
8. Little Swim School
Little Swim School offers lessons from paddlers (six months of age), right up to more seasoned swimmers (adults and seniors). The lessons adhere strictly to the SwimSafer syllabus, the national water safety program. Plus, the saltwater-chlorinated indoor learning environment means you don’t have to worry about sun, rain or haze – hooray! Private swim lessons at your house or condo pool can also be arranged.
Where: Main pool at Westway Mall, but swim lessons also available at Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex, Queenstown Swimming Complex and HomeTeamNS Sembawang Clubhouse
9. Able Aquatic School
The swim coaches at Able Aquatic School (founded in 1981, by the way!) love water, love swimming and love sharing that with their students. Group lessons are taught in most of Singapore’s public swimming complexes, making it easier for parents island-wide to find a competent swimming instructor close to home. We love that it is also an inclusive school, offering fun and enriching classes to children with special needs.
Where: Various locations islandwide
10. Aqua Bambinos Swim School
Looking for swimming lessons for babies or toddlers? Aqua Bambinos is one of the few swim schools in Singapore that specifically caters to infants and children under five. Located in the completely weatherproof indoors, the pool is heated to keep those chills away. There are lockers, hot water showers, ample changing rooms, and baby changing tables, plus a children-friendly waiting area. So rest easy knowing everything has been designed with little ones in mind.
Where: Indoor pools at Serangoon Gardens and Jalan Selaseh
11. Singapore Swimming Academy
It’s only been operating since 2008, but don’t let that sway you. Singapore Swimming Academy is now the market leader for swimming lessons in Singapore. Swim classes can take place at all public and private pools around the island, and kids will learn in accordance with the SwimSafer program. Social butterfly? Never fear. The helpful team will arrange your classes and lessons, matching the best suitable time for your schedule.
Where: Various locations islandwide
12. The Swim Starter
Keen to see your little one become the next Joseph Schooling? Check out The Swim Starter. Founded back in 1982, its coaching methodology has been designed only for children. Plus its lessons are designed to get your little ones swimming in just under six months! We’re impressed. They operate in public swimming pools that are easily accessible and located near MRT stations too, so getting there is a doddle.
Where: Locations at Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris and Hougang.
Ready to make a splash? We’ll see you and your tots at the beach soon!