Carlile Swimming Ryde

Carlile Swimming Ryde (Cross Street)
16 Cross Street
Ryde NSW 2112
Phone: 02 9808 3199

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
Cnr Victoria Road and Margaret Street
Ryde NSW 2112
Phone: 0417 477 733

If you’re looking for swimming lessons in Ryde in a caring environment, then why not jump into the water at Sydney’s first ever indoor teaching pool? Carlile Swimming Ryde is where our founders Forbes and Ursula Carlile pioneered baby and toddler swimming lessons in 1961.

The pool has been overhauled since and features custom depths, ledges and platforms to help younger swimmers build confidence and master skills. Teachers are supported by on deck supervisors who monitor lesson quality and your child’s progress. Carlile Swimming promises:

  • A personalised approach.
  • Consistent lessons from teachers trained beyond industry standards.
  • To constantly monitor and address your child’s progress.
  • To provide regular feedback.
  • Friendly staff who are always ready to help

As they improve, higher level Stroke Development and Squads are taught at the nearby Ryde Aquatic Centre. 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 – kingfish level
  • School Holiday Intensives
  • School Swimming Program
  • Daycare and Preschool swimming lessons


  • A purpose built pool with custom depths and child friendly platforms for all our swim programs.
  • A small holding pool for children to wait for their lessons.
  • Warm, 32 degree water.
  • The latest filtration technology for superior air and water quality.
  • Seating areas for parents and carers.
  • Shower and change room facilities.
  • Baby change facilities.
  • A retail shop for swimwear, goggles, flippers and more.


Free street parking is available in both Cross Street and Curtis Street.

Programs and Timetable

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

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Program times

Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm

Sat – One class only at 11:30am

Sun – One class only at 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 or around water.


Program times

Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm

Sat from 8am to 4pm

Sun from 8am to 12pm

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 6:30pm

Sat from 8am to 4pm

Sun from 8am to 12pm

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 12.15pm to 4pm

Sun from 8am to 12pm

Some Stroke Development classes and Squads classes are held at nearby Ryde Aquatic Centre.

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.



“After 7 years of swimming lessons with two boys at Carlile, I would highly recommend their swimming programs. Every teacher and supervisor has been professional, enthusiastic, supportive and kind. Our boys love swimming and look forward to seeing their teachers every week.”

Kylie EdmondsonCarlile Swimming Ryde

“My three children all love going to swimming lessons at Carlile. Their swimming skills and water confidence have improved so much since starting there, guided by lovely staff who create a warm, fun environment where the kids feel safe.”

StephCarlile Swimming Ryde

“As a former Carlile student myself, when it came time to enrol my own children in swim school, I didn’t hesitate to put them into Carlile. The program is really carefully developed to teach children the best technique. The teachers are thorough and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. Kids really enjoy coming here!”

Olivia BeckfordCarlile Swimming Ryde