Children learn respect for the ocean as they explore their limits, develop their open water skills & increase their confidence

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.

Lessons can be an alternative, or a 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 with their instructor close by.

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




Swimming lessons



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


“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

Hear from the kids

I love ocean swimming

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.

I overcame my 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

Our specialties

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


Please discuss your child’s swimming ability and confidence upon booking


Child/ren are aged between 5 and 12 years old

Swimming lessons

Your child is participating in pool-based swimming lessons

1min tread

Your child can tread water continuously for a minimum of 1 minute

Not sure your child is at the right level? Contact us




1 Child

$90 per lesson

2 Children
$55 each per lesson ($110)

3 Children
$43 each per lesson ($130)

4 Children
$37 each per lesson ($150)

Note: Senior instructors may include an additional premium in their lesson rate.


Bondi Beach

What to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, long-sleeved shirt
  • Wetsuit (recommended)

Typical lesson

  • Meet-up & preparation (5min)
  • Safety briefing & ocean awareness (5min)
  • Water & beach experiences
  • (45min)
  • Lesson review & learnings (5min)

“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


“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


“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

2020-21 Season Lessons

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer OceanFit 4 Kids lessons this season.

We hope to be in a position to offer lessons in the future.

When lessons are available

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

2020-21 Season: We are currently experiencing high demand

For a number of reasons, this season we will have very limited private lesson availability. We apologise in advance if we are unable to accommodate you.


These are the OceanFit instructors currently available for OceanFit 4 Kids lessons:

Andre Slade

Owner & Head Instructor

Juliann Desjardins


Michael Hallam


Sam Wolf
Sam Wolf


Emma Savage



“Andre and the team were excellent!”Mark Dunn

“The team at OceanFit know their stuff.” Paul Cameron

Book a lesson

How to make an online booking:

  1. Choose your instructor
  2. Select a date to check instructor availability
  3. Select your lesson slot (add additional children if necessary)
  4. Add lesson to cart (repeat for multiple), then check out
  5. Check email for New Participant Form & complete

Waiting list

Please complete this form to go on our waiting list. We will contact you if we can accommodate you.

Request a lesson

Please complete the lesson request form to express interest in OceanFit 4 Kids lessons. An instructor will be in touch to discuss your requirements and plan a lesson schedule.

Please note: We are experiencing extremely high-demand for these lessons and it may take some time for us to get back to you and your schedule lessons


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