Open water swim school

Transferring skills to the open water

OceanFit’s open water swim school gives your child an opportunity to build confidence in the open water environment, learn skills to keep safe and make smart decisions in unfamiliar water, and develop a love for open water swimming.

The 4-lesson intensive school holiday program for 5-10 year olds is designed to enhance swimming skills learnt in traditional pool swimming lessons by introducing the unfamiliarity and unpredictability of the open water environment.

Each lesson is one hour, with outcomes focused on open water familiarisation, comfort in cooler, darker, deeper, ‘scarier’ water, and self rescue from an unintentional fall into the water.

In collaboration with the Pilot Station – Boating Safety Education Centre, there will also be water craft, boating and lifejacket learning components for an all-round open water education.

This summer, invest in your child’s aquatic future with OceanFit’s open water swimming lessons.

We also have a program called OceanFit 4 Kids which delivers lessons at the beach.

What your child will learn

  • Open water familiarisation
  • Respect for the open water
  • How to identify & avoid risks in open water
  • How to recover and get to safety after unintentionally falling into open water
  • Age-appropriate open water rescue techniques
  • Open water swimming techniques
  • Boating and water craft safety

Swim school location

OceanFit’s open water swim school lessons will be conducted at the Watsons Bay Pilot Station – Education Centre on Marine Parade in Watsons Bay.

Common questions

There are two 4-lesson intensive blocks available in the 2017-18 summer school holidays.

Block 1: 15-18 January (Mon-Thu)
Block 2: 22-25 January (Mon-Thu)

Lessons are 55 minutes, starting on the hour.

Bookings are taken online, see below for the schedule.

All of OceanFit’s open water swim school lessons take place at the Pilot Station – Boating Safety Education Centre in Watsons Bay, Sydney.

This is a flat, calm water location. If you are looking for beach-based lessons, please see our OceanFit 4 Kids lessons.

There is a maximum of four children per lesson.

No, your presence is not required.

You will need to drop off your child, and hand them over to their instructor in person.

Due to quick turnarounds between lessons, you will need to be available immediately at the end of the lesson to pick up your child.

No children will be allowed to continue swimming outside of an organised swim lesson.

Delivering lessons in open water comes with the possibility that lessons may have to be modified due to adverse weather and/or poor water quality.

Children should attend lessons no matter what the weather or water quality, as an alternative lesson will always be delivered, either on top of the water, or inside the Pilot Bay Education Centre.

There are no postponements, reschedules or refunds for any lessons.  Without this policy we simply would not be able to offer these lessons.


Neoprene booties/aqua shoes (like these from Target)
We will supply a yellow latex swim cap which must be worn at all times.


Wetsuit Swim fins (for some activities)
Ear plugs

Program details & pricing

Lessons per program: 4 (on consecutive days)

Week 1: Mon 15 – Thu 18 January
Week 2: Mon 22 – Thu 25 January

Program times: Mornings, with lessons starting on the hour

A child will attend four lessons, on consecutive days at the same time each day.

Intensive program price: $159

Included in program fee:

  • OceanFit latex swim cap
  • Experienced instructors
  • 1:4 teacher to child ratio
  • Alternative poor weather options
  • Venue & equipment hire

Terms & conditions

You will be asked to agree to OceanFit’s terms and conditions.

There are no refunds after 15 December 2017, and when lessons are modified due to adverse weather and water quality.

Minimum numbers required. Full refunds if minimum numbers not reached.

This program has been postponed to the April school holidays. Please contact us to express interest in the program.

Register your child

  1. Enter the number of children you are registering per time slot
  2. Complete registration details for each child
  3. Click the ‘Complete Registration’ button
  4. Make your payment at check out
  5. More information will be sent closer to the program date.