When it comes to swimming classes for your kids, starting swimming lessons early is the perfect way to help them feel comfortable in the water. We’ve collated some of the best swimming courses in Hong Kong to have your tots and teens feeling confident in no time.
With the summer days stretching out before us, chances are you’ll be spending more time at the beach and the pool with your young ones. Plus, swimming is one of the many essential life skills – to help your kids become happy and confident in the water, how about signing them up for one of the many great swimming lessons in the city? Read on for some of Hong Kong’s best swimming schools, swimming coaches, swimming lessons and swimming programmes.
FloatPlus – Swimming coaching and swimming lessons for children and adults
With over 40 years of combined experience with both coaching and competing in swimming at a national level, FloatPlus is one of the most established swim schools in Hong Kong. It offers a wide range of group swimming classes, semi-private swimming lessons and private swimming lessons with a clear emphasis on technique and progression.
Age: 6 months up
Harry Wright International – Infant swimming lessons, Learn To Swim lessons and competitive swimming lessons in Hong Kong
Boasting accomplished alumni, including Hong Kong Olympian Siobhan Haughey and Hong Kong record-holders, Harry Wright International has a long track record of training competitive swimmers from a young age. Dedicated students who complete the “Learn to Swim Programme” can enrol in the “Competitive Programme”. This is a rigorous schedule of land and water drills designed to help your kids speed past their rivals.
Age: 4 months up
ESF Swimming Lessons – Beginner swimming lessons, kids’ swimming lessons and competitive swimming lessons in Hong Kong
Hosted by the English Schools Foundation (ESF), the children’s swimming programme is open to both ESF and non-ESF students. It runs comprehensive swimming courses incorporating water safety, games and activities, and also competitive swimming techniques for kids that want to challenge themselves in the pool. It also has swimming lessons for adults.
Age: 3 to 18 years and up
Hong Kong Hurricanes – International swim coaches and swimming lessons for babies and up
The Hong Kong Hurricanes programme is the sister program to the ESF Sharks, and is based out of the Australian International School (AISHK) in Kowloon Tong, but is open to all students. The internationally certified instructors follow the same carefully structured training method as the ESF Sharks coaches.
Age: 4 months and up
Alison Tam Swimming – Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and adults
For those wanting to start early, Alison Tam offers a swimming course for parents to introduce babies as young as four months old to the water. She also has a very helpful online FAQ section detailing what parents should expect on baby’s first trip to the pool. Half hour group drop-in swimming classes for babies and toddlers start from $265.
Age: 4 months old and up
Hong Kong Island Stingrays Swim Club – Competitive children’s swimming lessons in Hong Kong
The Stingrays offer a variety of swimming programmes for kids, geared to both beginners and competition-level swimmers. You can introduce your babies to water in a safe and nurturing environment and slowly watch them progress on to the fundamentals, training and competitive swimming levels.
Age: 4 months and up
The Hong Kong Swimming Academy (HKSA) – Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and adults
The coaches at HKSA are a mix of top athletes and parents themselves, so they fully understand the needs of parents. Co-founded by former Hong Kong Olympian Alex Fong, the innovative swimming coaching methods swimming lessons benefit the Ripplet Starter for kids right through to Club Training and Adult classes. It also developed the SWIM (Swim With Integrity and Meaning) programme to help build water awareness and donate free swimming classes to the underprivileged.
Age: From 6 months up
Other Swimming Lessons For Kids In Hong Kong
- Infant Aquatics HK – Specialised infant water safety classes in Hong Kong. www.swimfloatswim.hk
- Mango Swimming Club – Private or group swimming lessons in Sai Kung. www.mangoswim.weebly.com
- Multi Sport – The Multi-Sport Learn To Swim programme starts with parent and baby swimming lessons and up. www.multi-sport.com.hk
- Splash – Swimming programme for young people from low-income communities. www.splashfoundation.org
- Whampoa Sports Club – Private swimming lessons. www.whampoa.org.hk
- The YMCA of Hong Kong Swimming Academy – Not to be confused with the Hong Kong Swimming Academy mentioned above. The YMCA of Hong Kong offers a comprehensive swimming programme that addresses different age groups. www.ymcahk.org.hk
Editor’s note: “Swimming Lessons In Hong Kong: Swimming Courses For All The Family” was originally published by Esther Bland and most recently updated in May 2023 by Fashila Kanakka.