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OceanFit 4 Kids

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OceanFit 4 Kids delivers engaging beach safety and ocean swimming lessons that turn the ocean into a natural playground for children to enjoy safety.

Our lessons teach children to appreciate the power and majesty of the ocean environment, promote a connection with the beach ecosystem, and develop confidence in their abilities.

The practical skills and techniques we teach will prepare your child for an ocean lifestyle beyond simply swimming, and our self survival and assisted rescue lessons will ensure they become guardians of the ocean.

OceanFit 4 Kids can be an alternative to, or complement to, nippers and sessions are competency-based, hands on, and on the go from start to finish with maximum time spent in the water.

We focus on breaking down learning into simple pieces and use easy-to-understand language that zeros in on the needs of each child. Our lessons are always fun and your child will feel safe and happy to explore their limits at arms-length from their instructor at all times.

This program is best delivered over a minimum of four sessions with parents often continuing with after-school sessions all summer long.

What your child will learn

  • Awareness of how the ocean works
  • Respect for the ocean environment
  • How to identify & avoid risks at the beach
  • How to survive a rip current
  • Ocean swimming techniques in the waves
  • An understanding of their limits
  • How to bodysurf like a pro!
  • The beach as a fun fitness location

Our specialities

  • Children from 5-years of age
  • Introducing children to the ocean
  • Facing up to ocean fears and anxiety
  • Overcoming a scare and refusal to enter the water
  • Competitive coaching for ocean swimming
  • Nippers looking for the edge in surf competition

Lesson details

Price

1 Child
1-4 lessons, $90/lesson

2-4 Children
1-4 lessons, $120/lesson
5+ lessons, $108/lesson (10% disc.)

Payments are made after your instructor has contacted you and before the first lesson. Lessons will only take place once payment has been made, and consent form completed.

Note: To receive the bulk lesson discount for 5+ lessons, all lessons must be purchased in the same transaction. For multi-child group payments, we require one payment to be made, to cover the entire group.

Included
  • 1-hour lesson
  • OceanFit latex swim cap
What to bring

For your comfort & safety, please bring the following items to your lesson.

  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit (highly recommended)
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
Typical lesson plan
  • Meet-up & preparation (5min)
  • Safety briefing & ocean awareness (5min)
  • Water & beach experiences (45min)
  • Lesson review & learnings (5min)
Locations

Bondi Beach.

Request a lesson

Please complete the lesson request form to express interest in adult private lessons. An instructor will be in touch to discuss your requirements and plan a lesson schedule.

Your Name*

Mobile Number*

Your Email*

How many kids would you like lessons for?*

What ages are the kids?*

Tell us a bit about the kids*

Your goal for their lessons*

Your availability*

Best time to call you back*


Testimonials

See our  reviews on Google, Facebook and Tripadvisor.

I chose OceanFit as I am not a strong swimmer myself and I wanted my 8 yr old daughter to be safe at the beach. We have done about 12 classes and are about to start again next week as it is now one of Ruby’s favourite after school activities. Andre has taught her some amazing skills and valuable information about ocean swimming and how to avoid and also swim through rips, diving through waves, swimming safely off rock areas etc. It has definitely improved her water awareness. I would recommend it for all young children. – Joanne

The day I watched Sarah (9) and Max (10) float out on a rip past the breakers and swim back in, I knew my kids were learning critical skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. – Alan & Jaqui

To be honest, the kids weren’t keen to go (8 and 10), they prefer swimming in pools. The bigger of the two, a boy, came out saying “I didn’t know it was going to be that much fun.” They told us how they learned to dive under waves, how to face sideways into a wave and a bunch of other stuff. It was only one lesson because it’s end of season but we’ll come back and do the four week course next summer. Andre is a nice guy and got on well with the kids. They’re more interested in the beach now and I have more confidence in them being in the waves. – Steve

Andre had a single timeslot spare at the end of the season so we grabbed our chance. In the space of an hour he took my 7yo daughter and her friends rock-walking, discovering new creatures, and exploring the surf at Nth Bondi. They all loved it. Andre has a really genuine love of the surf, and a fantastic connection with kids, and we will definitely book a full course of his workshops next Spring. – Annie

We chose OceanFit because we were after more than Nippers at a time which fitted in to the school week. Henry (5) started as a confident swimmer in a pool over 10m. Over the 4 sessions he developed more water confidence and awareness of surf safety and an appreciation of the ocean environment. He really looked forward to every lesson and Andre generated a great rapport with the children. By the end of the month his swimming had improved to 50 m in a pool. We will definitely be coming back for more. – Emillie

Sarah on her group lessons

We enlisted one of our favourite young OceanFit’ers, Sarah (7), to tell you why she loves ocean swimming with OceanFit, and why she thinks your child will too.

You’ll see just a few of the awesome things your child will do in their OceanFit 4 Kids lessons on Bondi Beach.

Sarah loved OceanFit and we came back year after year. Swimming out the rip and back through waves, diving off Flat Rock and learning about the sea creatures and beach safety – she loved it all! – Lizzy Wilson

Eliza on overcoming her fear

After being dumped by a wave in a nipper carnival, Eliza lost all her confidence in the ocean. From that moment every wave looked like it could, and would, dump her again.

But all was not lost, with the help of OceanFit her confidence would come back, and she would start to enjoy the ocean again.

I would advise parents… if you want your kids to enjoy the water, a beach lifestyle that you can enjoy here in Sydney… it pays to invest some time into developing ocean confidence to get your kids loving the water. – James Twomey

Common questions

Lessons are available during the OceanFit season, which typically runs from October through to March each year.

Lesson availability comes down to instructor availability, as all our instructors hold other jobs as well (we’d love to be full time at the beach!).

We don’t schedule OceanFit 4 Kids lessons, instead we leave that part to the pro’s – the mum’s and dad’s like you – to organise your children, or a small group of friends, and to choose a day and time that suits you when instructors are available.

Please use the contact form below to make a lesson request and we’ll do our best to team you up with an instructor who can meet your schedule.

When choosing multiple lesson packages, you can choose to have the lessons:

  • On consecutive days
  • Once-a-week
  • At random to fit your schedule

OceanFit 4 Kids is strictly a program for groups of up to four children.

5-6 year olds can be in a group of two maximum (including if there is one 5-6 year old and one older child), and 7-12 year olds can be in a group of up to four children.

Unfortunately, no. Please understand that managing and tracking multiple payments for children within in group is very tricky and time-consuming, and history has told us it doesn’t work well.

We ask that a single parent takes ownership of the group payment, collecting each child’s share from each parent, and making the entire group payment.

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