Learn to Swim or Swim to Play: That is the Question

Singaporeans are spoilt for choice when it comes to cooling down on a hot day or a cool day or an overcast day. There are pools galore both public and private. And since learning to swim is one of those few basic skills which combine survival instinct with pure fun, it would be a waste for you or your kids to not learn it given the chance. So here we bring you the lowdown on the most convenient and comprehensive swimming complexes and swim schools to find baby swimming lessons, toddler swimming lessons and swimming lessons for kids. Whether you want to sign up for a lesson or simply indulge in a little pool play, you can take your pick!



Swimming Complexes


Jurong West Aquatic Centre

Jurong West Aquatic Centre’s huge Savannah – themed water play area offers 2 smaller slides for the young ones and a 3-storey high tube slide for the more fearless older children.  Also, two 50-meter pools are on site, one for teaching and training purposes and another acting as a competition pool.  Did I forget to mention there’s a lazy river? That’s right parents, Christmas has come early this year.



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Jurong East Swimming Complex

This complex has everything to offer that its Jurong West counterpart does, but on a bigger scale.  You can borrow ring floats for a nominal fee and hit the wave pool or lazy river for pretty much the rest of eternity, or the end of closing anyway.  Race your friends on the 3 different slides if you’re not feeling particularly lazy.  Grab a bite to eat at KFC or Pizza Hut right above the complex if you’re feeling extra hungry.



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OCBC Aquatic Centre

For those water birds looking for something more serious than tube slides, head on to the OCBC Aquatic Centre.  Built to meet international standards, this centre caters as a training ground for elite athletes and on off days provides fun-filled water based activities to the general public.  Its surf pool will be sure to bring out the inner surfer in you. Just aim for the OCBC Aquatic Centre where there are not one but two INDOOR 50-meter swimming pools.



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Pasir Ris Swimming Complex

The East is racking up swimming complexes like it’s nobody’s business. Where OCBC is more for the serious swimmers, Pasir Ris is sure to score more points on the fun scale. Not only does it come equipped with one competition pool, one teaching pool, two slides, 1 catchment pool, one wading pool and a Jacuzzi but these features are all environmentally friendly and energy-saving.  Aren’t you the spoilt ones!



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Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex

The North is not one to be left behind.  Even though Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex is on a smaller scale and doesn’t have as many amenities as the previous water escapes, it is a haven for young toddlers who will have a blast running around in the huge water play space, which is blissfully sheltered for the most part. We haven’t forgotten your older offspring who can seek their contentment riding the waves in the wave pool, meandering on their backs in the lazy river or get their thrills on sliding down the 3-storey spiraling closed tube.



Swimming Lessons for Kids


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AquaBambinos Swim School

AquaBambinos Swim School offers an indoor swimming pool where the water is treated with salt water chlorination removing irritants which traditional pools carry. Did we mention that the AquaBambinos’ water is heated to a comfortable temperature of 30-32 degrees Celsius? In addition to the requisite certified coaches and flexible schedules, it also provides family friendly facilities including hot showers and baby changing tables and toilets. It seems like they’ve thought of everything and the kitchen sink!



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Owen Swim School

Coach Owen Tan founded Owen Swim School on the simple basis of providing fun-filled yet affordable lessons. There’s no doubt that knowing basic swimming skills can help curb unforeseen water situations and all the SSC-certified instructors at Owen Swim School believe in tapping each child’s potential to master these skills. All lessons take place at Jurong West Swimming Complex. Visit their website today to register your kid now.



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Singapore SwimMING Academy

One of the biggest nuances of arranging kids’ swimming lessons is flexibility both in terms of time of day and location. Here’s where Singapore Swimming Academy becomes an attractive choice with its options of over 22 swimming complexes and over 300 swimming coaches. It caters to many public and private swimming pools in Singapore and its coordinators will arrange all your classes going so far as to match the best suitable time according to your child’s schedule. All its instructors are certified by Sport Singapore and the students are taught lessons according to the SwimSafer programme. Ready to sign up?



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Marsden Swim School

Marsden is one of the oldest swim schools in Singapore and with its stellar track record, it’s also one of the most sought after. Kids as young as six months old can begin taking lessons from well-certified swim coaches who all have first-aid and life saving qualifications. You can make it a family affair or encourage your child to hone their swimming interest by joining the school’s swim squad. Either way, Marsden will ensure a fun and quality swimming experience all the way.



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Atelier Aquatic Hub

Knowing how to swim is an essential skill for all kids from a safety point of view. But not all kids are comfortable with water and parents can have a difficult time trying to persuade their little ones to pick up this life-saving skill. The coaches at Atelier Aquatic Hub are here to make your work easier. Classes are conducted in a fun and stress-free manner and kids of all ages and skills are welcome. You can opt to call instructors to your condo or head over to one of their specified locations for lessons.


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