Swimming has always been one of Singapore’s best-performing competitive sports, with multiple medals clinched during Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games for instance. It is, therefore, no doubt that our sunny island is capable of churning out many top swimming schools – so many that you need not worry about not being able to find a good one that is convenient and affordable! Furthermore, swimming is not only a fundamental skill that everyone should pick up, it also brings about various physical benefits and nurtures one’s core values.
We have found 10 of the best swimming schools in Singapore (in no order) that you may consider to enrol your child in!
1. X Lab Pro
Founded in 2016, X Lab was started by 3 childhood friends who strongly believed that sports can add value to a person’s life. With the desire to bring a holistic twist to the sport that they love, the X Lab team differentiates themselves by encompassing a “hexagonal philosophy“ that incorporates the components: physical, growth mindset, mastery, social awareness, interaction and intelligence. This philosophy forms the basic foundation for the training of their coaches, who will thereafter be certified with the International Sports Academy of Swim Instruction.
On top of their regular coach recruitments, X Lab has referral bonuses for swimmers at different periods during the year, which allows the person who made the referral to enjoy a 10% off swimming lessons for every referral made. With a variety of swimming programs available at X Lab, learners of all ages are welcome! Their state-of-the-art facilities include an indoor heated learner’s pool, sheltered Olympic-sized pool, gym for strength training and a multipurpose hall.
+65 9664 1955
GEMS World Academy (Singapore), 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039 (Nearest MRT: Yishun)
With a strong belief that swimming is an essential skill that everyone should have, AquaTech was established in 2016 to provide swimming programmes to cater to varying skill levels. Every class is designed to have a small coach-to-student ratio to provide your child with the attention they need to learn effectively. Apart from that, all AquaTech coaches are certified by the International Sports Academy and are proficient in guiding your child along his learning journey.
The team aims to instill four core values to their learners: passion, growth, balance and excellence. With a private pool facility and multiple classes available per hour, be rest assured that your child will be placed in a conducive environment to develop his/her love for swimming.
+65 9026 3383
Hong Leong Swimming Complex, 1 Raffles Institution Lane, Singapore 575954 (Nearest MRT: Marymount)
Able Aquatic School’s history dated back in 1981 when their founder, Darryl Chua, was registered as a Singapore Sports Council coach. Thereafter, the swimming school was endorsed by the Sports Education Program of Singapore Sports Council from 2006 to 2016 and became an affiliate with the Singapore Lifesaving Society. With more than 400 certified coaches today, they are able to conduct lessons at various locations all over Singapore.
Able stands for “Always Believe in Lifelong Exercise”, which is the core value of this prestigious swimming school. Therefore, they have segmented their swimming programmes into 6 levels (Stage 1, 2, 3, Bronze, Silver, Gold) to allow for a favourable learning progression regardless of age and skill level.
With swimming lessons available in all public and private pools in Singapore, parents can enjoy the convenience of enrolling their children with Isplash Swim School anywhere near their home. The school has more than 200 experienced and certified instructors who are dedicated to utilising an effective teaching system so as to ensure that your child learns effectively.
With a safety-first priority, all coaches are certified with CPR and life-saving skills in order to conduct lessons safely. Additionally, Isplash also offers extremely affordable rates starting from as low as S$17.50 per lesson and is flexible enough to accommodate to your preferred timing and location.
In 2007, a swimming instructor conducted a survey and found out that 70% of Singaporeans were not equipped with swimming skills. His research also concluded that there were many cases of drowning deaths amongst children, which led him to form Happy Fish Swim School to allow infants as young as 4 months old to pick up this important life skill.
This swimming school currently has 300 staff and has been featured by numerous celebrities and media outlets including Fann Wong, Nas Daily, various Channel 8 dramas and radio stations. Their impressive portfolio is definitely a good enough reason to trust them with your child; should you need swimming lessons yourself, Happy Fish will also be able to coach anyone up to 60 years old.
If you follow this yoga-loving mother – Zoe Raymond Tan – on Instagram, you would know that this is where her daughter, Arielle learns to swim! Little Splashes Swim School has an average rating of 4.7/5 on Facebook and has garnered many positive testimonials from parents as can be seen on their site. This may not seem like a surprise, since they have been interacting with children for over a decade.
Little Splashes is also the first school that offered an indoor heated swimming pool with a non-chlorine purification method, which aids in preventing chlorine-associated allergies. From infants to seniors, they have curated targeted swimming lessons just for you.
+65 6636 0016
300 Bedok South Avenue 3 #01-07 Singapore 469299 (Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah)
Marsden Swim School has had more than 20 years of experience in offering swimming lessons suitable for the whole family. It is also the only Gold Standard AUSTSWIM swimming school in Singapore, with AUSTSWIM-certified coaches and ASCTA squad coaches who are equipped with superior first aid and life-saving skills.
They have four different programmes including infants and toddlers, learn to swim, stroke development and swim squads – all of which allow learners to have the luxury of training in a pool catered to their needs while enjoying the use of world-class swimming facilities.
+65 9665 0328
The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road #01-33 Turf City, Singapore 287994 (Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue)
Queenstown Swimming Complex, 473 Stirling Road, Singapore 148948 (Nearest MRT: Queenstown)
Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex, 1771 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569978 (Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio)
German European School Singapore, 2 Dairy Farm Rd, Singapore 677621 (Next to Skywoods Condominium) (Nearest MRT: Hillview)
Built based on the fundamental philosophy that swimming is an essential life skill, Swish Swimming was founded by AUSTSWIM-certified swimming instructor Kristen Romain. She is extremely passionate about swimming and has dedicated her time to searching for the most qualified instructors to join her team, based on their competency, attitude and ability to make lessons fun and engaging.
Known to be supportive and adaptive to any situation thrown at them, Swish Swimming has gained recognition from prestigious media outlets and garnered strong support from countless parents. As the sole distributor of Mahina Merfin in Singapore, they aim to inspire all learners to be comfortable and confident in water.
+65 9832 2522
72 Loewen Road, #01-08, Dempsey Hill Singapore 248848 (Nearest MRT: Queenstown)
Inspire Mum & Baby started out in 2007 as a humble store in Katong Mall. They strive to see through your pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal journeys, with an emphasis on boosting your health and strengthening your bond with your child. Using a gentle but effective teaching approach, all their experienced instructors are Swimming Teachers’ Association-approved. Moreover, their extensive range of services will be able to cater to your varying needs, including learning swimming for children of any age with special needs as well as adults.
+65 9234 1866
188-2 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 436990 (Nearest MRT: Dakota)
10. The Swim Starter
Having more than three decades of coaching experience, The Swim Starter is a reputable swimming school that has crafted an original coaching approach. They guarantee that your child will be able to learn more productively than in other schools and, as a result, have been producing a 100% pass rate across all swimming tests. This is attributed to their Swimsafer syllabus which eliminates any unnecessary waiting time. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Facebook, The Swim Starter is definitely one to consider.
+65 8222 1357
Toa Payoh Public Swimming Complex, 301 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319392 (Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh)
Pasir Ris Public Swimming Complex, 120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640 (Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris)
Hougang Public Swimming Complex, 95 Hougang Ave 4, Singapore 538830 (Nearest MRT: Hougang)
No matter which swimming school you decide to register your child in, it is imperative to take your priorities into consideration, e.g. accessibility, affordability, credibility of the school as well as the qualifications and proficiency of the swimming instructor.