Welcome to Carlile Swimming - Sydney's Leading Swim School

We’re thrilled to be open again and running our award winning swim programs across our nine swim schools in Sydney.

We’d like to assure you that we’re doing everything we can to keep you, your kids and our people safe while at a Carlile swim school. The NSW Government has released a list of COVID-19 hotspots which you can view here here.

NSW Health has requested that you check this list regularly and if you, or your child, have been to any location at the times listed, please don’t attend your classes. On the link, you can also find further instructions on what you need to do to stay safe. 

Please note that we have introduced a COVID-19 make-up program that will help provide some flexibility during this time and ensure your child continues to receive the benefits of attending regular swimming lessons. Click here for more information.

We’ve introduced a series of COVID-19 Protocols, you can view our key safety measures here. We will constantly monitor the situation and provide regular updates to our customers. For up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 tab on the top of our website.

We’d like to thank all our loyal Carlile families for your support during our closure and we sincerely look forward to seeing you all again. We’re also looking forward to welcoming our new Carlile families to the pools.

At Carlile Swimming, we love teaching kids to swim. Since we opened Australia’s first commercial swim school in 1955, we’ve taught hundreds of thousands of kids to swim well. At Carlile, we believe that to swim well is an asset for life. Why? Because to teach a child to swim not only gives them important water safety skills, it helps them develop a lifelong love of the water. Swimming is a gift and it’s one we’re passionate about sharing.

For more information on our expert swim programs for all ages and abilities click here. If you would like to book your child in for an assessment, please contact your local swim school. We look forward to hearing from you.

Get in Touch

Why Our Pools Are Safe

You can feel safe bringing your family to Carlile Swimming because we use the world’s best practice technology to treat the air and water in our facilities. Our pools have always been cleaned and maintained to the highest standards and now, more than ever, we’re committed to ensuring the health and safety of our environments.

At Carlile, we use an ultra fine filtration (UFF) system that goes beyond what most other pools use. In addition, chlorine keeps our pool water clean and free from harmful bacteria. Importantly, our Ultra-violet (UV) disinfection system provides an added layer of protection against the spread of water-borne diseases. These UV systems are not required by the Health Department, but we have always included them in our facilities to ensure our pools are clean and hygienic.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 being transmitted in well-maintained, chlorinated water. However, we will be implementing strict social distancing and hygiene protocols to help ensure the safety of our customers and people while in our swim schools.

Why We’re Sydney’s Leading Swim School

Over the sixty five years we’ve been teaching kids to swim well, we’ve developed systems and processes that help Carlile stand out from other swim schools. We also pride ourselves on the relationships we’ve built with our Carlile families and their loyalty is one of the reasons we have so many new families joining us.

Get in touch

World class teachers

We’ve developed an industry leading program of teacher training and development that few swim schools in the world can match. This means that our teachers are some of the most qualified and experienced teachers, not only in the country but in the world. Our teachers love working at Carlile and consistently deliver lessons of the highest quality. So, it’s no surprise that some teachers have been working with us for over thirty years!

Family values

At Carlile our customers are like family and we care about each child that swims with us. We want all our families to feel at home when they come to swimming lessons and for our kids to feel safe and comfortable in the water. That’s why, at Carlile, we don’t just teach kids to swim, we help them grow in confidence, learn new skills, make friends and learn to love swimming. When you join Carlile, you’re joining Sydney’s oldest swim school family.

Warm, custom-built pools

Our custom pool depths, lengths, ledges and platforms ensure kids of all ages and sizes can grow in confidence quickly as they learn to swim. Plus, our warm, 32 degree water makes our pools inviting and fun for all our swimmers. We believe children learn best when they feel comfortable and supported, and this is exactly what our pools aim to do.

Award winning program

Our proven teaching methods and award-winning swim programs are designed to deliver consistency and quality in every lesson, from Waterbabies through to Squads. We don’t believe in rushing kids as we know it takes time to learn a new skill – instead we coach them to develop at the right pace so they feel comfortable and proficient in the water. Our swim programs have been refined and improved over our sixty five years of teaching and we’ve taught thousands of kids to swim using the Carlile method.

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, to help our kids learn to swim. We firmly believe that a child must be comfortable in, under and on top of the water to learn to swim correctly. Our teachers will support and encourage your child to feel comfortable when submerging, with no stress, so the end result is a confident and safe swimmer.

Regular feedback

We understand that feedback is important to you. Our award winning assessment technology and new Parent Portal ensures we are able to give you regular feedback on your child’s progress. Plus, our on-deck Supervisors are always willing to give personalised updates whenever needed.

Carlile is truly passionate about teaching kids to swim. Our heritage of excellence in swimming education, our commitment to teaching children to feel safer in the water, and our dedication to our kids is what makes the Carlile difference.

Carlile is more than just a swim school, it’s a family. Contact us today to enquire about booking your child in for an assessment and we look forward to welcoming you to the Carlile Family.

Get in touch


“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.”