Welcome to Ottawa's Premier Backyard & Condo Swimming Lesson Provider!

We offer private or semi-private lessons, taught in your own backyard or condo pool. Our lessons are tailored to each child's needs and situation, whether they are allergic to chlorine, require a comfortable and less noisy environment, or want to improve their swimming skills. Our swimming lessons are guaranteed to make a difference to your child's experience in the water.

Our instructors are certified to teach the Red Cross curriculum and will provide children who successfully complete their swimming level with the corresponding badge.

Backyard Swimming Lessons

Condo Swimming Lessons


This summer's team consists of Natalya, Jacob, Sarah, & Michelle

Hippo in the Bathtub's growth and success over the past 4 years is directly linked to our amazing team of instructors!





Natalya is 21 years old and is the founder of Hippo in the Bathtub. She has over 5 years of experience as a swim instructor and lifeguard!





Jacob is 19 years old and and is a partner at Hippo in the Bathtub. He has had a blast teaching with us for the past two summers!





Sarah is 20 years old, speaks French fluently, and has been working as a swimming teacher since she was 16.





Michelle is 19 years old and has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past four years.

Swimming Lessons

Hippo in the Bathtub offers swimming lessons in two locations!

backyard pool
@ your own backyard pool
indoor pool
@ your condo pool

What People Say

We have really enjoyed the private lessons, having Jacob as an instructor and the accommodating service you provide. We will definitely register again next year.

Amanda, Billings Bridge
indoor pool

Red Cross Levels

Sea Otter
Sea Turtle
Swim Kids 1-10

* Adult swimming lessons are also now available!


$27 /30 min.
$40 /45 min.
  • 1 Child
  • Private lessons allow the instructor to give your child their undivided attention. You will be amazed at the progress your child can make in just 30 minutes.
  • HST is applicable


$37 /30 min.
$55 /45 min.
  • 2 - 3 Children
  • Semi-private lessons are for two or three children of similar skill levels. This is an awesome choice of you have two children or a few friends that are all at the same swim level!
  • HST is applicable


Good to Know

Booking Lifeguards

What People Say

I have hired Natalya as a lifeguard for my family's pool party for the past two years. Having a certified Lifesaving Society member's presence beside the pool during the party was imperative. Natalya is a very committed and professional lifeguard and we appreciate her business.

Jackie, Kanata

Are you hosting a pool party at your house this summer? You came to the right place then! Hippo in the Bathtub’s certified lifeguards can lifeguard your pool party or event.

Having a lifeguard at the party will help allow parents to relax and enjoy the party, without having to constantly watch out for the safety of their children.

$40 /hour
  • 1 - 12
    Swimmers in the pool
  • HST is applicable
$65 /hour
  • 13 - 20
    Swimmers in the pool
  • HST is applicable
$90 /hour
  • 21 - 30
    Swimmers in the pool
  • HST is applicable


Here are answers to some recurring questions we have received regarding our lessons over the past years!

Still have a question?

Send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer!

Send us a Message
It is possible for two children to have a lesson at the same time?
Yes, we do offer semi-private lessons but the children have to be in the same level or have similar swimming skills.

How often are your lessons?
Lessons can be as often as you wish (e.g. every day, every week, or 2-3 times per week). Whatever works best for your schedule!

Do you teach lessons in rain?
Yes, we do teach lessons in rain, as long as there is no thunder or lightning. If your lesson has started and then the weather turns bad, the lesson will still be charged for but your instructor will try to make up some of the lost time at subsequent lessons.

When is payment due for lessons?
Payments for lessons are due in entirety at time of booking. Once you have booked your classes, we will send you an invoice through PayPal.

What is your rescheduling policy?
Hippo in the Bathtub strives to be as accommodating and convenient as we can so if something comes up and you need to reschedule a lesson, just let us know! We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule the lesson but we will do our best. Please give us at least 4 hours notice.

What days of the week do you teach?
We teach from 8:30am - 7pm Monday through Saturday. Unfortunately swimming lessons are not available on Sundays - only lifeguarding.