Carlile Swimming Freshwater

Carlile Swimming Freshwater
Lower Ground Floor, Harbord Diggers
88 Evans Street
Freshwater NSW 2096
Phone: 02 9137 4545

If you’re looking for swimming lessons in a caring environment for your child, then jump into Carlile Swimming Freshwater, the most modern Learn to Swim school on the Northern Beaches. With friendly staff delivering expert swimming lessons for kids, this state of the art facility draws on 65 years experience in designing the ideal environment to teach children to swim well. It features:

  • A modern and inviting reception area with self check-in kiosks.
  • Air-conditioned parents viewing area.
  • Two heated pools, one with custom ledges and platforms to help younger swimmers build confidence and master skills. The other, ideal for older swimmers as they perfect their strokes and build endurance.
  • World class technology to ensure great air and water quality.

Carlile Swimming Freshwater is conveniently located within the Harbord Diggers, next to the Gym, with easy access to parking and amenities. If you have a baby just starting out, a nervous beginner or a child that loves the water, drop in and check out why thousands of families have learnt to swim with Carlile.

Classes are $23.25 each, paid on a four week cycle in advance (see details here). Family and multi lesson discounts are also available. We look forward to welcoming you to the Carlile Swimming family.

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  • Waterbabies
  • Learn To Swim – preschool
  • Learn To Swim – school age
  • Stroke Development
  • Squads
  • School Holiday Intensives
  • School Swimming Program
  • Daycare and Preschool swimming lessons
  • Lap swimming (through the Gym and Harbord Diggers membership)


  • A specially designed pool for our Waterbabies, Learn to Swim and Stroke Development classes, with custom depths and child friendly platforms.
  • A 25m, purpose built pool for Squads and lap swimming.
  • The latest filtration technology for superior air and water quality.
  • Warm water all year round.
  • An air conditioned viewing room.
  • Clean, spacious change rooms.
  • A large, dedicated baby change area.
  • A retail shop for swimwear, goggles, flippers and more.


Parking is available on-site within the Harbord Diggers. The carpark entrance is located at 88 Evans Street, Freshwater. The most convenient place to park is on Level B2.

Programs and Timetable

At Carlile Freshwater we offer swim programs for all ages and abilities.

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Program times

Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm

Saturday from 8am to 12pm

Babies & Toddlers 3 months to 2.5 years

Get ready to get wet! Great for bonding with your bub, these lessons are held with a parent or carer present in the pool. Our warm water and air temperature keep bubs and parents happy and comfortable.

Waterbabies classes encourage children to become comfortable submerging and floating on their backs. Specially adapted games, songs and routines are used to foster confidence and familiarity. Though the classes are lots of fun every lesson is teaching children to be safer in, on and around water.

Program times

Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm

Saturday from 8am to 12:30pm

For kids 2.5 years to 5 years

Our Preschool Program features three ability-based levels, with our friendly staff determining the most appropriate level for your child. Preschool pupils become more confident in the water, learning how to float and submerge effectively – important life saving skills. We also develop freestyle and backstroke at the Preschool level.

Program times

Mon to Fri from 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Sat from 8am to 12:30pm

For kids aged 5 and over

Our School Age Program features 3 ability-based levels, with our friendly staff determining the most appropriate level for your child. The program accommodates children who are new to swimming lessons, up to those who are ready to develop correct freestyle and backstroke technique. Every lesson teaches life saving skills like floating, swimming without goggles and correct technique.

Program times

Mon to Fri from 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Sat from 8am to 12:30pm

For refining technique

Our Stroke Development Program has 3 ability-based levels, with our friendly staff determining the most appropriate level for your child. The program is designed to develop correct technique across all four strokes, and increase endurance.

After completing the Stroke Development program, children will be proficient in backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle, competitive dives and turns, and have a basic understanding of swimming rules and principles. A child who is confident, proficient and has endurance is a child less likely to panic if they find themselves in a difficult situation.

Program times

Mon - Thurs 3:45pm to 6:45pm

Sat - 8:00am to 11:00am

For advancing swimmers

Our squads cater to both recreational and competitive swimmers, improving their technique and fitness. The emphasis in Squads​ is on endurance, perfecting technique and mastering competitive starts and turns. There are also opportunities for swimmers to progress to advanced competitive squads.


“Both our boys started swimming at Carlile Castle Cove at 4 months old in waterbabies. The confidence they both have in the water is amazing! All employees and teachers go out of their way to ensure our kids are getting the most out of their lessons. We can’t recommend Carlile Castle Cove enough.”

Clifton familyCarlile Swimming Castle Cove

“I have been taking my three children to Carlile Castle Cove for more than 10 years and wouldn't go anywhere else. The staff at Carlile Castle Cove set it apart from other centres, they are very warm and nurturing. My children loved their lessons each week and achieved excellent results.”

Masters familyCarlile Swimming Castle Cove

“We have been attending Carlile Castle Cove swimming for over 3 years. The teachers are caring and really perfect our swimming skills. I love the friendly attitude all the staff give out, plus they make swimming fun. The Centre always keeps us updated on how we are doing and any changes that may be happening. My kids always get compliments on their swimming and I say it’s all down to Carlile Castle Cove.”

Mobley familyCarlile Swimming Castle Cove

“We are absolutely delighted with Carlile Castle Cove. The staff and teachers have been so diligent and friendly; 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 skill and confidence at a steady rate. I have no hesitation recommending Carlile and have done several times already.”

Hook familyCarlile Swimming Castle Cove

“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 enthusiasm 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 familyCarlile Swimming Castle Cove