Learning to swim is a valuable life skill for children and adults alike. 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 lessons in Hong Kong to have your tots and teens feeling confident in not time. Water babies, here we come!
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. 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 in the 852. Whether you’re encouraging a future Olympian, or simply looking to get them afloat, there are swimming lessons in Hong Kong for everyone!
FloatPlus – Swimming coaching, swimming lessons for adults, swimming lessons for kids in Hong Kong
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. With various locations across Hong Kong, FloatPlus offers a wide range of group swimming classes, semi-private swimming lessons and private swimming lessons with a clear emphasis on technique and progression. Swimming classes start at around $220.
Age: 6 months up
Harry Wright International – Infant swimming lessons, Learn To Swim lessons, competitive swimming lessons Hong Kong
Boasting accomplished alumni, including ex-Olympians 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. Swimming lessons are held at various locations across Hong Kong, such as the Morrison Hill Swimming Pool, with weekly after-school swimming classes starting from $915 and up per term.
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ESF Swimming Lessons – Beginner swimming lessons, kids’ swimming lessons, competitive swimming lessons 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 a comprehensive development swimming course 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 swimming coaches, 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. Swimming lessons start from $255 and up.
Age: 4 months and up
Alison Tam Swimming – Swimming lessons for babies and toddlers, swimming lessons for kids, swimming lessons for adults
Based at the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, Alison Tam Swimming offers public swimming lessons and private swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and young children. For those wanting to start early, she 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 $250.
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. Its “Learn to Swim Sharks” programme, for children aged 3 to 5 years, helps build confidence in the water and a solid swimming foundation. Classes are offered at the swimming pools of Hong Kong International School (HKIS) in Tai Tam and French International School (FIS) in Jardine’s Lookout. Advanced Stingrays swimmers are encouraged to compete in meets in both Hong Kong and all over Asia.
The Hong Kong Swimming Academy (HKSA) – Baby swimming lessons, swimming lessons for kids, swimming lessons for adults
HKSA offers swimming lessons for all levels and ages. The coaches at HKSA are a mix of top athletes and parents themselves, so fully understand the needs of parents. Co-founded by former Hong Kong Olympian Alex Fong, swimming lessons for kids start from the Ripplet Starter (18 months to 3 years) right through to Club Training and Adult classes (age 16 and up) and use innovative swimming coaching methods. 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
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
Infant Aquatics HK – Specialised infant water safety Classes in Hong Kong. www.swimfloatswim.hk
Splash Swim School Aqua Baby, Aqua tots and Learn To Swim classes – Held at Hong Kong Parkview with fully qualified AUSTSWIM coaches. www.hongkongparkview.com
Splash – Swimming programme for young people from low-income communities. www.splashfoundation.org
Multi Sport – The Multi Sport Learn To Swim programme starts with parent and baby swimming lessons up. www.multi-sport.com.hk
Whampoa Sports Club – Private swimming lessons. www.whampoa.org.hk
See also the Hong Kong China Swimming Association (website here).
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in May 2019 by Esther Bland, a part-time instructor with FloatPlus, and recently updated in June 2022 by Alex Purcell Garcia.