Swimsafe - water education for schools

Based on Water Safety New Zealand’s water skills for life competencies. Children will learn water entry, balance, buoyancy, breathing, water safety and survival skills that can be used for life.

Visiting Recreation and Sport Centres during Alert Level 2

Our centres remain open under COVID Alert Level 2, with steps in place to ensure people can maintain physical distancing and that we have the ability to contact trace. Please stay at home if you or anyone in your house is unwell. Find out more.

We encourage you to download the NZ COVID Tracer app.

You can book in for your group fitness class, including Spin, AquaFit and Tumbletimes. 

Some times of the day can be busier than others and we will continue to monitor capacity to ensure our customers can physical distance. There may be queues at times, please be patient with other customers and our staff while we work through these changes together. We’ll keep people moving as quickly and as safely as possible and ensure physical distancing. 

Until Saturday 26 September our Swimsmart programme is running with reduced times and programming. Lessons for Tigersharks, Barracudas, Marlins and Mini Squads are on at the usual times. All other lessons are on hold.
Starting Monday 28 September a new Swimsmart programme has been created to enable all lessons to run under Alert Levels 1 and 2 without disruption. Bookings open on Monday 21 September. Find out more.


Kids learning to be swim safe

Children may also participate in lessons in inflatable boats and practice wearing lifejackets.

Swimsafe lessons run at all of our Recreation and Sport Centres. If coming to us doesn’t suit you, our instructors are able to run the programme in your school pool.

The programme typically runs for 10 days with lessons being 25 minutes long. However, the programme can be tailored to meet the individual needs of any group.

Children will learn how to 

  • Enter and exit the water in any environment.
  • Go under the water - underwater skills and controlling their breathing.
  • Float on the water.
  • Move, roll and turn in the water.
  • Water safety and awareness.
  • What to do in an emergency.

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