Carlile Swimming - Industry Leading Swim Programs Since 1955

At Carlile Swimming, we’ve been teaching kids to swim well for 65 years. We opened Australia’s first commercial swim school in 1955 with a few hundred students and today we teach over 20,000 kids to swim each week. Even though we’ve grown, our approach has stayed the same – to teach kids to be confident and proficient swimmers and to instil in them a lifelong love of the water.

We view swimming as a journey, one that develops a child from water safety to stroke mastery and beyond. We’re there with you, every step of the way, to bring out the best swimmer in your child.

Our founders, Forbes and Ursula Carlile, are pioneers of Australian swimming education. They were just as passionate about teaching water safety and swimming skills to kids as they were about training Olympic swimmers. They created a system of innovative teaching methods that have made Carlile a leading swim school, not only in Sydney, but across the world. For more information about our history click here.

Even though we have a rich history of swimming education, it’s how we’ve developed our teaching programs over time that continues to make Carlile the number one choice for childrens swimming lessons.

We run expert swim programs for all ages and abilities, at our nine conveniently located swim schools in Sydney. For more information, contact us today or pop in to your local swim school, we look forward to meeting you.

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Our Approach

At Carlile, our award-winning swim programs are designed to support your child through all the levels of swimming education. Each of our swim levels lays a foundation for the next, all leading to our definition of ‘swimming well’. At Carlile, we believe that to swim well a child must be able to swim at least 200m freestyle, comfortably and proficiently, and to also competently display backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, as well as starts and turns.

Why do we believe this? Because we want all our Carlile kids to feel safe and competent in the water, to be able to participate well in their school swimming carnivals, to confidently pursue other water-based sports and to have the solid groundwork needed for competitive swimming if they choose.

One of the keys of the Carlile approach is that we don’t believe in rushing kids through levels, 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. For more information on our industry leading swim programs, click here.

Our Expert Teachers

Our team of highly trained teachers are some of the best in the country and their dedication to delivering lessons of the highest quality is what makes Carlile stand out. But for us, it’s not just about that, it’s about making swimming fun. We want our kids to love swimming as much as we do.

All Carlile teachers undergo an intensive training program that goes beyond the nationally required standards, making our teachers amongst the most qualified in the industry. Our award-winning training programs help our teachers deliver the highest quality swimming lessons to your kids, with the utmost care.

Our Expert Teachers

Our team of highly trained teachers are some of the best in the country and their dedication to delivering lessons of the highest quality is what makes Carlile stand out. But for us, it’s not just about that, it’s about making swimming fun. We want our kids to love swimming as much as we do.

All Carlile teachers undergo an intensive training program that goes beyond the nationally required standards, making our teachers amongst the most qualified in the industry. Our award-winning training programs help our teachers deliver the highest quality swimming lessons to your kids, with the utmost care.

Our Custom Built Pools

All our pools are custom designed and built, with varying depths, lengths and ledges, to help kids feel confident at each level of our program. While, our 32-degree water makes our pools warm and inviting for little swimmers. Additionally, our larger pools are also heated to ensure our older swimmers are able to swim longer distances with ease.

To keep our pools and pool environments clean, we use the latest air and water filtration technologies. In addition, chlorine keeps the water free from harmful bacteria, while our Ultra-violet (UV) disinfection system provides an added layer of protection against the spread of water-borne diseases.

At Carlile, we’re truly passionate about teaching kids to swim. Our heritage of excellence in swimming education, our commitment to teaching children to feel safe and confident in the water, and our highly qualified and dedicated teachers all help create the Carlile difference.

We welcome you to pop in at your local swim school and see the Carlile difference for yourself. Or you can contact us today for more information or to book your child in for an assessment. We look forward to welcoming you to the Carlile Family.

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