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. 

Our Swim Programme

Our Term Programme 

Our programme operates term by term. These terms generally coincide with primary school terms, e.g. 

Term 1: 1 February - 18 April 2021
Term 2: 3 May - 11 July 2021
Term 3: 26 July - 3 October 2021
Term 4: 18 October - 19 December 2021

A term usually runs for about 10 weeks, but this can sometimes be nine weeks or 11 weeks long. There are no lessons on public holidays. 

We cater to all ages and abilities: 

  • Babies, and pre-schoolers
  • School aged kids
  • Adults
  • People with disabilities
  • Private lessons

All new enrolments (3 years+) require an assessment, this is a free service. Assessments ensure swimmers are enrolled into the correct class for their abilities. Assessments must be booked in advance, please book in by calling us on 06 759 6060 or emailling swimschool@npdc.govt.nz

Please note: Our swim school does not operate on a roll over system, so please make sure you re-enrol each term.

Prices

Child x10 lessons: $110

Child - Community Services Card Holder x10 lessons: $100

Adult x10 lessons$125

Adult - Community Services Card Holder x10 lessons: $110

Water Baby x10 lessons$110

Water Baby - Community Services Card Holder x10 lessons: $100

Toddler x10 lessons: $110

Toddler x10 lessons: $100

One on one lesson (half hour): $35

Lessons coincide with school terms, therefore payment is calculated based on the number of weeks in a term.
e.g. if there are nine weeks in a term, a full swim term will cost $99 per child (9 x $11 = $99) or $112.50 per adult.

School Holiday Programme

We also have an intensive swim programme that runs over the school holidays where swimmers come multiple times a week to fast track and solidify their new found swimming skills.

These lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 8.30am and 10.30am over the school holiday period.

Summer holiday programme: 12 January - 28 January 2021 
April holiday programme: 20 April - 29 April 2021
July holiday programme: 13 July - 22 July 2021
October holiday programme: 5 October - 14 October 2021

Baby and Preschool Classes

Our baby and pre-schooler classes are based on fun, development and water safety.

Waterbabies: 6 – 18 months old | Max 8 | 25 minutes | Adult participation required
Here we are introducing the baby to the aquatic environment and installing water confidence and knowledge in new parents. Through songs and activities we encouraging the baby’s natural curiosity and playfulness in the water. 

Toddlers: 18 months – 21/2 years old | Max 8 | 25 minutes | Adult participation required
Where aquatic enjoyment, skills and water safety are developed in both deep and shallow water. 

Beginner Preschool: 21/2 – 4 years old | Max 8 | 25 minutes | Adult participation required
An introduction to the aquatic environment for kids with no previous experience where independence and basic water confidence is encouraged.

Preschool: 3 – 4 years old | Max 4 | 25 minutes | No adult participation required
For children who are independent and ready to learn basic water skills such as breathing, submerging, floating and kicking.

Advanced Preschool: 3 – 5 years old | Max 4 | 25 minutes | No adult participation required
For kids with basic water confidence and skills, here we start working on stroke fundamentals; streamlining, back kick and co-ordinating freestyle.   

School Age Classes 

Confidence: Max 5 | 25 minutes
An introduction to the aquatic environment for kids with no previous experience where independence and basic water confidence is encouraged. 

Beginners:
Max 6 | 25 minutes
For kids with basic water confidence and the ability to float, here we start working on stroke fundamentals; streamlining, back kick and co-ordinating freestyle.   

Advanced Beginners: Max 6 | 25 minutes
For kids who can swim basic freestyle. This course introduces them to rhythmic bi-lateral breathing, backstroke and introduces breaststroke kick. 

Learners:
Max 6 | 25 minutes
For kids who can swim freestyle with bi-lateral breathing and backstroke. This course introduces breaststroke and butterfly kick. 

Advanced Learners:
Max 7 | 25 minutes 
For children who can swim 25 metres freestyle and backstroke. This course starts to fine-tune breaststroke and butterfly.

Development Squad:
Max 8 | 45 minutes 
For children who can swim 100m continuously. Here we start perfecting all four stroke, including turns, pull outs and dive starts. Swimmers must also undergo a 200m distance swim. 

Note: all classes in our swim programme regularly practice elements of water safety.  

Adult Lessons

Adult Beginner
The aim is to build water confidence and basic swimming and water safety skills for adults new or returning to the aquatic environment. 

Adult Intermediate
The aim is to build on basic swimming skills for adults looking to develop breathing skills and techniques, as well as developing other strokes.

Adult Advanced

For adults who have a solid understanding of freestyle breathing and are looking to advance in this skill as well as develop other strokes and turns. 

Private lessons
We provide private lessons for adults who would prefer more 1x1 time. Private lessons allow for more flexibility when scheduling lessons. 

Check out our timetable for class days and times: 

Contact Us

Email: swimschool@npdc.govt.nz

Call: 06-759 6060 and ask for the swim school.

FAQs

What class do I enrol in? 
All new enrolments (3 years +) including adult lessons require an assessment, this is a free service. Assessments ensure swimmers are enrolled into the correct class for their abilities. Assessments must be booked in advance.  
Will you re-enrol us automatically for the following term?
No. Our swim school does not operate on a roll over system, therefore it is up to you to re-enrol yourself.
Do my children get to use the deep end of the pool?
Yes! Our swimmers have the advantage of using the deep end of the pool to practice diving and water safety skills.
How deep is the pool?
  • Baby and toddler lessons are held in a pool depth of 1.20 meters.
  • Preschool, Advanced preschool, Confidence and Beginner lessons are held in a pool depth of 0.04 - 0.08 meters. 
  • Advanced Beginners up to Development Squad is held in a pool depth of 1.20 meters.
Can my children use the pool before or after their lesson?

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

Can I choose my teacher?

While we try our best to get the teacher you prefer, we do not guarantee it.  

Do you sell caps and goggles?

Our Toa Kaukau swim shop sells swim wear for all ages as well as swim accessories such as caps and goggles and much more.

Do my children need to wear caps and goggles?

Short answer: yes! But not all.

  • All swimmers aged three years and over must wear swim caps
  • All stroking classes from Beginners to Development Squad must wear goggles.
  • We do not encourage the use of goggles outside of swimming lessons while recreationally playing. It is important swimmers are competent in the water both with goggles and without. 
 

Additional Information

  • Please advise the swim school if your child suffers from any illness or disability.
  • All swimmers aged three years and over must wear swim caps. Available to purchase at Aquatic Centre reception. 
  • All stroking classes from Beginners to Development Squad must wear goggles. Available for purchase at Aquatic Centre reception.
  • We recommend swimmers aged three years and under wear swimming nappies to prevent accidents.
  • Our programme never replaces a parent’s vigilance when it comes to children’s safety in and around water.
  • 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.
  • 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 swim school before the time of lesson if you will be absent.
  • The swim school reserves the right to change the instructor if the need arises. 
  • Fees are subject to review annually.