Adults Swimming Lessons Amsterdam

If you are an expat living in Amsterdam, by now, you may well have noticed the amount of open water around! If you enjoy bicycling in the city, you may wish to feel safer as you navigate the bridges and canals!

If you are looking for adult swimming lessons in English, then look no further!

We offer small group (3-5 students) lessons for complete beginners in the shallow water, to advanced learners who are ready to learn in the deep water.

You can meet other expats, enjoy personal coaching at your own pace and discover a love for the water. All this while gaining swimming skills and becoming confident in all situations in the water!

Friendship Sports Center in Amsterdam Noord (North) is a modern and purposely facility built for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. Therefore, the water is nicely warm and ideal when you are starting out with swimming, especially during those cold, Amsterdam winters!

The beginning swimmers start in the shallow water, and the coach is with you in the water at all times, to make sure that you are comfortable and safe. We offer private elite classes (maximum of 2 swimmers per coach) or small group classes (maximum of 5 swimmers per coach).

Technique improvers and sports swimmers, who want to brush up their skills to become a better swimmer are also welcome, they are welcome to join the advanced course or sports swimming class.

The friendship Sport Center offers free parking places and there is a canteen as well.

If you live in Amsterdam South, you may want to consider Diemen instead, which is only 6km from the city centre and is easy to reach by bus number 44.

We now have a new location in central Amsterdam for both beginners and advanced swimmers, Fridays at the Zuiderbad.

Not sure which swimming level is for you?  Find out more about our class levels and learning progression

Find your lesson using our Lesson Finder.  Filter to North Holland to find lessons in the Amsterdam area.

Why not join our North Holland Meet-Up group to keep track of the lessons schedule?

Our Lessons

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Our Locations

Friendship Sports Center

Beemsterstraat 652, Amsterdam


, Amsterdam
Friday 19.00-19.45 Beginners
Friday 20.00-20.45 All levels

AGO Zwembad

Kriekenoord 17, Diemen
Monday 20:15 – 21:00 Beginners & Advanced
Monday 21:00 – 21:45 Beginners & Advanced
Thursday 20:15 – 21:00 Beginners & Advanced
Thursday 21:00 – 21:45 Beginners & Advanced


F. B. Duran Zwembad

Ouderkerkerlaan 10, Diemen
Thursday 21:30 – 22:15 Advanced

Friendship Sports Centre, Beemsterstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hobbemastraat 26, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ago Zwembad, Kriekenoord, Diemen, Netherlands

FB Duran zwembad, Ouderkerkerlaan, Diemen, Netherlands

All our coaches

  • Axel

    Hi all, I am part of the team in Diemen. I have spent a lot of time in pools; I was 8 years old when I started playing water polo and participated in competitive swimming. I picked up coaching when I was 15 years old and I am now still coach while following my education . The last 4 years I have been focusing more intensively on how to become a teacher and I have even got certified by KNZB. At the moment I am coaching the advanced swimmers which is such a joy for me; all the feedback that I am giving to my students makes them swim faster and with less effort each time.

    “Welcome students from whever you are. Diemen is my hometown so it would be my pleasure meeting you there in the pool.”

  • Clara

    As a child I loved swimming. Teaching was something I also enjoyed and I soon found out that I could combine my two passions. It all just came together and just like that… I became a swimming instructor. I have learned and achieved a lot throughout the years and am very excited to put that knowledge to use now. I would love to help you to reach your swim goals.

  • Paolo

    Hello everybody! This is Paolo; I have been living in the Netherlands for the last four year while working as a software engineer.
    But many years ago I started my water experience in Italy!   During high school I was a water polo player, then during the university I got my qualification as swim teacher and worked part time for many years as trainer for several teams, as well as teaching swimming to both young kids and adults.  Additionally, I’m an scuba diving instructor as well. So come and meet me in Diemen and i will introduce you into the magic waterworld.

    “My passion is to share my love of the waterworld Float, swim, dive and have fun!”