Learn to Swim

A Todd Energy Aquatic Centre Swim School Instructor assisting a student in the water.
Not only is swimming a great way to exercise, knowing how to swim generates confidence in and around water. We have swimming classes for all ages, from six months old through to adults. 

Term Time Prices and Lesson Times

Child: $10 per lesson
Adult: $11 per lesson
One on one: $35 per lesson

Lessons follow the school term so payment is calculated on the number of weeks in the term, i.e. if there are nine weeks in the term, it will cost $90 per child (9x$10=$90) or $99 per adult. If classes are not full we will accept new swimmers during the term. Get in touch to find out about availability.

Lessons are for 25 minutes. Participants are able to use the pool before and after their lesson to practice their new skills - or just have a splash!

Get in touch today!

Email: swimschool@npdc.govt.nz

Call: 06 759 6060

 School Holiday Programme

Learn to swim classes are also held during the school holidays.

Summer holidays = nine lessons
School term holidays = six lessons

School holiday lessons are held in the mornings.

Participants are able to use the pool before and after their lesson to practice their new skills - or just have a splash!

Enquire today!

Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz

Call: 06 759 6060

Note: The Swim School reserves the right to change the instructor if the need arises. Fees are subject to review annually.


Baby and preschooler

In our baby, toddlers and preschool classes, the lessons are planned in line with the age and level of the individual and groups, using songs and activities to encourage participation.

Water babies: 6–15 months old
Introducing the baby to the aquatic environment. Group activities to stimulate the enjoyment of water. The course requires the participation of a caregiver who will learn secure holds to keep the baby safe while learning and encouraging the baby’s natural curiosity and playfulness in the water.

Toddlers: 15 months–2½ years old
The course requires the participation of a caregiver, encourages the enjoyment of the aquatic experience in deep and shallow water and teaches methods to develop the toddler’s awareness, skills and confidence in the water.

Beginner preschoolers: 2½-3 years old
An introduction to lessons for preschoolers who have not been to lessons. It is essential that the caregiver is in the water with the child. The aim is to develop their self confidence, independence and enjoyment of the aquatic environment.

Preschooler: 3-4 years old (four per class)
For children who are independent and are ready for basic skill development. From being confident in the water to introducing front and back streamline floating with gliding and kicking.

Advanced preschooler: 3-5 years old (four per class)
Caters for children who have been to lessons and are able to float on their front and back. Development of coordination of kicking, swimming strokes and breath control and with other aquatic skills, e.g. deep water swimming, water safety and diving.

Contact us for bookings and lesson times

Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz

Call: 06 759 6060

School age to adults

Confidence: five per class
An introduction to the aquatic environment, encouraging independence and safety skills, as well as developing floating on their front and back.

Beginners: six per class
An extension of floating skills plus an introduction to the coordination of freestyle and backstroke swimming.

Advanced beginners: six per class
For children who can swim the basic freestyle stroke. This course develops rhythmic bi-lateral breathing technique and backstroke skills, and introduces the dolphin kick.

Learners: six per class
For children who can swim (with breathing) for 10m continuously. This course introduces breaststroke and butterfly skills and some deep-water skills.

Advanced learners: seven per class
For children who can swim 25 metres freestyle and backstroke. Developing breaststroke and butterfly skills; course includes survival skills.

Development squad
For children who can swim 50m continuously. Stroke technique, diving, tumbles turns, endurance swimming and development in all strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Aim is to build water confidence and basic swimming skills for adults who need to develop breathing skills and techniques, as well as developing all other strokes.

Contact us to make a booking or find out about lesson times.

Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz

Call: 06 759 6060


Swimmer information

  1. Please advise the teacher if your child suffers from any illness or disability.
  2. We encourage the use of swimming goggles as they aid the swimmer and promote confidence in the water. All swimmers aged three years and over must wear swim caps.
  3. We recommend swimmers aged three years and under wear Little Swimmers nappies to prevent accidents.
  4. Please ensure your child is in the right lesson and ready to start on time.
  5. Our programme never replaces a parent’s vigilance when it comes to children’s safety in and around water.
  6. Cancellations should be advised to the Swim School at least 48 hours before the course begins. Withdrawal after this time will incur a penalty as a position has been reserved for the pupil. No refunds will be issued once the course begins.
  7. You may have one make up lesson due to sickness only, which is your responsibility to arrange with the swim school office within the term you are attending. Please notify the reception or swim school office before the time of lesson if you will be absent.