Please note the separate phone number for all Swimsmart enquiries and bookings of 377 7690.
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.
Important Swimsmart Dates
- Term 2 2013 runs from Monday 6th May to Saturday 13th July 2013
- Term 3 2013 runs from Monday 29th July to Saturday 28th September 2013
Swimsmart Booking Information
There will be no classes held in the portable pools for Term 2 & 3 2013.
Bookings for Term 3 2013 are as follows:
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 informationInformation on Swimsmart classes
|Class ||Minutes ||Students per class ||Cost* |
|Parent & child (6 months - 3 years)|| 25|| 10||$80 |
|Pre School (3-5 years)|| 20|| 3||$110|
|School Age|| 25|| 4-8||$110|
|Mini Squads|| 45-60|| 12||$110|
|Adults|| 25-45|| 4-8||$110|
|Individual lessons (5 years & over)|| 15|| 1||$230|
|Shared lessons (5 years & over)|| 15|| 2|
$155 per person
|Holiday Swim Classes||Minutes ||Cost |
| Preschool|| 20|| $55|
| School Age|| 25|| $55|
| Individual|| 15|| $115|
* Prices effective from Term 1 2013. 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.
*Please note, the 2013 swimsmart courses showing on our programmes & classes page are showing 2012 pricing. This is a known bug, and is currently being resolved. Please refer to the table above for correct 2013 pricing.
*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.
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 and 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 Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 941 7010.
Kiwisport Fundamentals Learn to Swim programme
Christchurch City Council, Sport Canterbury, The Canterbury Community Trust and Water Safety New Zealand, with support from Swimming New Zealand, have provided funding for a further year of the KiwiSport Fundamentals Learn to Swim Programme. This initiative provides greater swim education opportunities for Year 3 to 6 students in decile 1-5 schools from across the city.
The programme provides eligible schools with a subsidy per student to contribute towards the transport costs to participate in learn to swim lessons at their closest aquatic facility. For further information please contact the Kiwisport Schools Swimming Coordination Team, Paula Savage on 941 7010 or Chris Palmer 941 7119 or email@example.com
Eligibility criteria and FAQs [PDF 40KB]
How do I apply for KiwiSport Funding?
Click here to download the application form [.DOC 574KB]. Alternatively, you can contact the Kiwisport Schools Swimming Coordination Team, Paula Savage, on (03 9417010) or Chris Palmer on 039417119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pools iN SchoolZ
Sport Canterbury, with funding assistance from the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust, the Mainland Foundation, Rotary International and Water Safety New Zealand, has arranged the purchase of a portable pool.
The pool is operated by the Christchurch City Council, who will provide swim education for Christchurch students who lost the use of their local pools after the recent earthquakes.
Eligible schools will be invited to apply for Kiwisport funding which will provide free transport to and from the portable pool for Year 3–6 students.
The first portable pool was available for use in Term 4 2011 and is based at 232 Queenspark Drive, next to Queenspark School. The second pool is based at Linwood Avenue School, 260 Linwood Ave. Outside school hours, the pools can be booked for community use. Please contact Sport Canterbury on 373 5060 or email@example.com.