Welcome to Ottawa’s

Most Convenient Swimming Lesson & Lifeguarding Provider!

Book your services today and experience the Hippo difference!

Registration is ongoing and booking can be done online.

Swim Lessons

Our instructors are certified to teach the Red Cross curriculum and provide children who successfully complete their swimming level with the corresponding badge.  Adult swim instruction is also offered.


Our certified lifeguards come to your party and be that dedicated set of eyes on the pool to ensure that everyone is swimming safely for the whole party!


Through an assortment of drills and games, your swimmer will become a little mermaid in no time! Mermaid fins and tails will be brought by the instructor.


When you book our Hippo Party lifeguarding package, we send two lifeguards to your children’s party. One lifeguard will ensure that all swimmers remain safe in the pool, while the other ensures all children  have a “Hippo” of a time!

Mermaid Birthday Parties at Nepean Indoor

Is your child’s birthday coming up? Are you trying to think of something fun, exciting and original to do for their birthday? Well, look no further, because Hippo in the Bathtub has the perfect service for you – Mermaid Hippo Parties! Mermaid Hippo Parties are a great...

3 Reasons to Hire a Lifeguard for Your Backyard Pool Party

With the weather warming up and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your upcoming pool parties. If you have a backyard pool you are sure to have at least one pool party this summer. But have you thought of hiring a lifeguard for your pool...

What to Expect at Your First Lesson: Nepean Indoor

Here at Hippo in the Bathtub's Nepean Indoor facility, we are unique not only in how we teach our lessons but also in where we teach. For this reason, your first day at Nepean Indoor may be a little different than what you have experienced with swim lessons offered...

What to Know About Red Cross Preschool Swimming Lessons

The Red Cross divides their swimming lessons into three categories; Red Cross Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, and Red Cross Adult.  In this post, we will be focusing on the Red Cross Preschool swimming levels:  Starfish, Duck, Sea Turtle, Sea Otter, Salamander,...

Private vs. Group Lessons

Trying to decide between signing your child up for private swimming lessons or registering them for group swimming classes with the City of Ottawa?  Below are some items to consider before making this decision! Teaching a child one-on-one versus in a group setting has...

Become a Babysitter with Us!

PD Day Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course Help your child build valuable skills for a lifetime.  As a trained babysitter, your child will learn: - Basic skills to care for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children - How to care for himself/herself and...

Hippo in the Bathtub Inc. is a small private company striving to provide the Ottawa community with the best swim instruction possible! Over the past five years, Hippo in the Bathtub has helped thousands of students all over Ottawa become better swimmers. Our focus is to promote water safety by providing our clients with quality swim instruction at their convenience. More About Us


Phone: 613-695-6011
Email: info@hippointhebathtub.ca