Welcome to Carlile Swimming

We’ve been teaching kids to swim well since 1955

Whether you have a tentative swimmer or a tenacious competitor, Carlile Swimming has you covered.

Our team of highly qualified experts understands kids, our pools are designed for kids, underpinned by a long history of excellence in aquatic education.

It started with our founders, Forbes and Ursula Carlile, both legendary sports scientists and coaches. They pioneered modern swimming techniques – coaching Olympic champions and opening their first swim school in 1955.

We’ve continued to perfect our award winning teaching program, delivering quality and consistency in every lesson, helping thousands of kids be safer around water, and helping the family aquatic adventures to be treasured highlights and memories.

Why kids and parents
love Carlile Swimming

Many of our customers join us through word of mouth. Here are a few reasons we are regularly recommended.

World-class teachers

Our teacher training program is exceptional – few swim schools in the world can match our level of training and support – resulting in highly qualified and experienced teachers. It’s no surprise that some teachers have had a 30 year career with Carlile!

Award winning program

Our proven teaching methods are designed to deliver consistency and high quality.

Refined over many years by our industry regarded experts, we have taught thousands of children the Carlile way – for safety, for technique, for fitness and fun.

Warm in and out of the water

Babies and kids love our 32°C water and warm surrounds. It helps them stay focused and interested in class.

Pools designed for kids

Our custom pool depths and lengths, ledges and platforms, ensure kids of all ages and sizes can grow in confidence. And the latest filtration technologies keep the water and air as clean as a whistle.

No floaties

It’s easy for kids to develop a false sense of security when using floaties or back bubbles, so we only use active aids, like kick boards and mats. Floaties also tend to place the head and body in a semi vertical position, which can develop bad habits.

Regular feedback

We understand feedback is important. Our award winning technology and on-deck supervisor ensure you receive regular, personalised updates on your child’s progress.

No sweat if you change your lesson time. Our team can access your child’s history and continue their development.


“We are absolutely delighted with Carlile Castle Cove. The staff and teachers have been so diligent and friendly and the systems the centre use keep us up to date with our two daughters progress. Both kids have had additional help when needed and have both progressed in both skill and confidence at a steady rate. I have no hesitation recommending Carlile and have done several times already”

Hook FamilyCastle Cove

“Our three children aged 7, 5 and 3 have all swum at Carlile since they were six months old. The structured and fun lessons and fantastic teachers at Carlile have set them up with a love of swimming and a skill they will use for the rest of their lives”

Lieu familyFive Dock

“We switched to Carlile after a couple of years of lessons at a different centre. The experienced staff observed my daughter's swimming and made simple corrections which yielded an immediate improvement. I was very impressed and frequently recommend them. The care and enthusiam they have shown to my children each week over the past 7 years has been excellent and my children are always enthusiastic for swimming as a result.”

Moss familyCastle Cove

“My kids have been happily going to Carlile Swimming for lessons at Carlingford for 5 years, since they were babies. We have always found the teachers to be consistently friendly, patient and skilled and the facilities are top notch. I would recommend them to anyone looking for quality swimming lessons that are fun as well as effective.”