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Last reviewed: Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Swim education

Living in Christchurch means you're never far from the water. Build confidence and learn the life skill of swimming with us.

Christchurch City Council is the current winner of the Quality Swim School of the Year for 2014. This is national recognition that we are the best in the business when it comes to learn to swim.

Please note the separate phone number for all Swimsmart enquiries and bookings of 377 7690. Full payment is required at time of booking.

FREE HOLIDAY SWIM SAFETY PROGRAMME for 11-17yrs. Monday 28th April - Friday 2nd May, 12.30-4.30pm at Jellie Park. A practical holiday progamme focusing on teaching 11 to 17 year olds key aspects of water safety and swim and survive skills. Limited spaces - ph 377 7690 to book now!

Annual Customer survey - if you would like to let us know how we're going at Pioneer, Jellie Park or Graham Condon Centre, then complete our online survey:

Photo of Swimsmart lesson in progress


Swimsmart is the Christchurch City Council’s Learn to Swim Programme. The Swimsmart programme is delivered by experienced tutors in the Council’s Recreation & Sport Centres and provides a range of classes for all ages and levels of ability.

Recently, the Christchurch City Council was awarded the 2014 Quality Swim School of the Year Award at the State Insurance Swimming New Zealand awards. This award recognises the quality and achievement of our Swimsmart and Swimsafe programmes. Congratulations to our wonderful swim education team. Of course, it is also a reflection of the energy and commitment our customers put into their swimming lessons, so a big thank you to our customers!

Through Swimsmart you and your family can gain confidence and enjoyment in water, enabling you to tap into the benefits of aquatic activities for a lifetime.

From time to time, our pools need to be closed temporarily due to maintenance issues. For real time updates on unplanned closures, please refer to the Christchurch City Council's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Swimsmart Term and booking dates

Swimsmart Term Dates

  • Term 1 2014 runs until Thursday 17th April
  • Term 1 2014 holiday lessons run from Monday 28th April to Friday 2nd May
  • Term 2 2014 runs from Monday 5th May to Sunday 6th July

Swimsmart Booking Information 

Bookings are now open for Holiday Swim lessons and Term 2 lessons.

Full payment is required at time of booking. Credit card phone bookings can be made by phoning 377 7690. Alternatively you can book at Jellie Park, Graham Condon or Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre.

Swimsmart Class fees

Class Minutes Students per class  Cost Effective Term 1 2014*
Parent & child (6 months - 3 years) 25 10 $84
Pre School (3-5 years) 20 3 $112
School Age 25 4-8 $112
Mini Squads 45-60 12 $112
Adults 25-45 4-8 $112
Individual lessons (5 years & over) 15 1 $236
Shared lessons (5 years & over) 15 2 $160 per person

Holiday Swim ClassesMinutes Cost 
 Preschool 20 $56
 School Age 25 $56
 Individual 15 $118

* Prices are based on one weekly lesson for a 10 week Term. Should a Term consist of more of less than 10 weeks, the price will be adjusted accordingly. There are no lessons on public holidays.

*Customers who hold a Community Service Card, Supergold or Kiwiable card are entitled to a 25% discount off the full fee when the card is shown at the time of payment.

For further information on classes and times please see our programmes & classes or contact us at or ph 377 7690.

Swimsmart newsletters

Photo of parent and preschooler in Bubbletimes


Bubbletimes is a casual parent/pre-school water-confidence class designed for splash and play. Cost is $3.60 per session and $2.60 for an additional child from the same family/whanau. Bubbletimes is a 50 minute class and runs during school Term time only. Parents/Caregivers must accompany children in the water.

Term 1 Bubbletimes is running until Thursday 17th April at the following facilities/times -

  • Pioneer Pool - Wednesday at 9am in the Leisure Pool and Sundays at 9am in the Teaching Pool
  • Jellie Park Pool - Fridays at 9am in the Teaching Pool

Bubbletimes is coming to Graham Condon Pool from Term 2, Thursdays 9am.

Photo of Instructor with children during Swimsafe lesson.

Swimsafe – Learn to Swim for Schools

Swimsafe is Christchurch City Council’s swim education programme for school groups. The programme combines learn-to-swim components with water safety skills. Lessons are based on Swimming New Zealand’s foundation skills of entry, balance, buoyancy and breathing. Children learn about water safety in all aquatic environments, participate in lessons in inflatable boats and practice wearing lifejackets. Swimsafe gives children the opportunity to develop essential water safety and survival skills for life.

We can run Swimsafe lessons at any of our Recreation & Sport Centres, or we can provide tutors to run the programme in school pools. Lessons are typically 25 minutes in duration and booked in blocks of 10, but the programme can be tailored to meet the individual needs of any school group. Please contact the School Swimming Advisor at .

Kiwisport Fundamentals Learn to Swim programme

Sport Canterbury, Water Safety New Zealand and Christchurch City Council, with support from Swimming New Zealand, have joined together to provide funding for Year 3–6 children in decile 1-5 schools. The programme provides eligible schools with a per-student subsidy to contribute towards the cost of participating in learn to swim lessons. The programme started in 2010 and has been very successful. For further information and to obtain an application form, please contact the School Swimming Advisor at .

Frequently Asked Questions 2014 [PDF, 138KB]
Download an application form 2014 [PDF, 90KB]

Disability Funding

If your child has a physical impairment, you may be eligable for funding for swimming lessons from the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Please see their website,, for further information.


Swim Coaching Programme

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Swim Coaching Programme Fees are increasing from May 1st 2014.  Please see the below document for further information.

Swim Coaching Programme Fee Increase FAQs [PDF, 23KB]

Please see the links below for changes to the Christchurch City Council swim coaching programme and timetable:

Swim Coaching Programme Progression Pathway Standards

Swim Coaching Programme Summary - Swimming Days / Times / Prices July 2013


Authorising Unit: Recreation and Sport

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Next review: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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