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Last reviewed: Tue, 24 Feb 2015

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.

Photo of Swimsmart lesson in progress


Swimsmart is the Christchurch City Council’s Learn to Swim Programme. Delivered by experienced tutors in the Council’s Recreation & Sport Centres, we provide a range of classes for all ages and ability levels.

Recently, the Christchurch City Council was awarded the 2014 Quality Swim School of the Year Award. 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.

Photo of Swim Education Instructor with child

Swimsmart Term and booking dates

Swimsmart Term Dates

  • Term 1 2015 runs Monday 2nd February - Thursday 2nd April. No classes: Waitangi Day, Friday 6th February.

Swimsmart Booking Information 

Bookings for Term 2 2015 are as follows:

  • Rollover payments (those staying in same class/level) will be due by Sunday 22nd March.
  • Preferential bookings (for those enrolled in Term 1 and for siblings) open: Jellie Park Tuesday 24th March, Graham Condon Wednesday 25th March, Pioneer Thursday 26th March.
  • General public bookings open Tuesday 31st March

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

Swimsmart Brochure

Swimsmart Class fees

Class Minutes Students per class Fee Effective Term 1 2015* 
Parent & child (6 months - 3 years) 25 10 $86
Pre School (3-5 years) 20 3 $116
School Age 25 4-8 $116
Mini Squads 45-60 12 $116
Adults 25-45 4-8 $116
Individual lessons (5 years & over) 15 1 $244
Shared lessons (5 years & over) 15 2 $164 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

Term 1 2015 [PDF 600KB]
Term 4 2014 [PDF 3200KB]
Term 3 2014 [PDF 2600KB]
Term 2 2014 [PDF 2800KB]

Photo of parent and preschooler in Bubbletimes


Bubbletimes is a casual parent/pre-school water-confidence class designed for splash and play. Cost is $4 from per session and $3 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.

Bubbletimes will run for Term 1 2015 (Wednesday 4th February to Thursday 2nd April)

Pioneer - Wednesdays 9am in the Leisure Pool and Sundays 9am in the Teach Pool
Graham Condon - Thursdays 9am in the Teach Pool
Jellie Park  - Fridays 9am in the Teach Pool

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. Based on Swimming New Zealand’s foundation skills of entry, balance, buoyancy and breathing, children learn about water safety in all aquatic environments. They participate in lessons in inflatable boats and practice wearing lifejackets. Swimsafe helps children 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 our 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 provided funding for Year 3 – 8 children in decile 1 - 6 schools. The programme provides eligible schools with a per-student subsidy towards the cost of learn to swim lessons. For further information and to obtain an application form, please contact the School Swimming Advisor at .

Frequently Asked Questions 2015 [PDF, 138KB]
Download an application form 2015 [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

Photo of person lane swimming

The swim coaching programme is now delivered by Born 2 Swim Coaching Services. For more information on the Born 2 Swim programme please contact Peter Burgon on 027 242 8076 or email


Authorising Unit: Recreation and Sport

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Next review: Monday, 24 August 2015

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