Serving Southern California for Over 40 Years.

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 O.C. 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.

The Australian Swim School Mission

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!

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.

Our 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.


We love giving back!

We love giving back to our community! We had the honor of visiting the CHOC Children's Hospital and participated in their toy donation drive. Thank you to all the staff and parents that helped us donate!

Find a nearby Southern California location

With schools in Santa Ana, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, and Tarzana, parents and guardians benefit from receiving professional swimming instruction close to their home. Teach your kids a valuable skill and register today!