Please note the separate phone number for all Swimsmart enquiries and bookings of 377 7690.
Full payment is required at time of booking.
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.
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
Preferential booking dates (for those currently doing Term 1 Swimsmart lessons):
- Jellie Park - Tuesday 8th April
- Graham Condon - Wednesday 9th April
- Pioneer - Thursday 10th April
General bookings open Tuesday 15th April.
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 Classes||Minutes ||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 email@example.com or ph 377 7690.
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 Tumbletimes is running until Thursday 16th 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 138KB]
Download an application form [PDF, 90KB]
Swim Coaching Programme
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 Timetable
Swim Coach Profiles
Swim Coaching Programme Summary - Swimming Days / Times / Prices July 2013
Coaching Squad Lists 2013
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, http://www.halbergallsports.co.nz/funding, for further information.