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About Us

In 1977, John Bainbridge opened the first Australian Swim School in Fountain Valley, California, after finishing his thesis about infant swimming. With a couple of Instructors and our trademark infant back floating method, we were off and swimming, educating Orange County about the dangers of infant/toddler drownings as well as the wonderful rewards of swimming for health and fitness. In time, our floating babies advanced into super smart swimmers that paved the way to the Orange County competitive swimming scene. 

Our philosophy has always been the same. Embrace the wonders of infant and toddler swimming by starting little ones as early as three-months. Swim once a week in our progressive program that emphasizes correct technique from the beginning, and your little fish will be graduating from our swim squads as an accomplished swimmer with skills that will truly last a lifetime. 

Our present day operation, under current owner Diane Bainbridge, has grown with the times, staying in step with our technology-based world by making it easy for customers to sign up online and making payments electronically. Four decades later, and after successfully teaching literally thousands of southern California families to swim, the Australian Swim School remains an icon of the swimming school industry with history, experience, passion, and our award-winning developmental approach!


Recent Charity Work

We believe that swimming lessons are not just for people who can afford them. Recently, we partnered with Orange County Fire Authority and gave free swimming lessons to low-income families with the goal to minimize the impact of drowning.

Mission Statement 

Our goal is to instill a lifelong relationship with the water by providing developmentally-sound swimming instruction in a fun and safe environment. We will instill a lifelong connection with swimming by promoting a love of the water, building confidence in aquatic skills, and establishing a secure foundation for water safety and personal fitness. We will maintain our high-quality swimming instruction by keeping abreast of current child development trends, providing comprehensive training for our staff, and constantly reviewing our program for maximum effectiveness. We will provide outstanding customer service by keeping our customers informed, valuing our relationships with them, and making them feel welcome.

Holiday Closures 2017

EASTER SUNDAY: Sunday, 4/16/17 
Halloween: Monday, 10/31/16 (afternoon classes only)
Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday, 11/24/16 - Sunday, 11/27/16
Christmas Break: Sunday, 12/24/16 - Sunday, 1/1/17