Expressions of Interest for Wanaka Swim School Now Open

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Mar 19, 2018

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the delivery of learn-to-swim services at the new Wanaka Pool to serve the Upper Clutha community and meet increased demand in line with the region’s rapid population growth.

The EOI covers a three-year period starting in Term 3 (July) 2018 and is based on a sole-provider model consistent with the majority of other councils across New Zealand. Other pool-based activity such as competitive training programmes by local swim clubs will not be affected.

QLDC General Manager Community Services, Thunes Cloete said the new swimming pool complex adjacent to the current Wanaka Recreation Centre at Three Parks provided an opportunity to expand an essential community service in a brand new facility.

“School rolls in the Upper Clutha continue to grow and so it follows that more children wish to attend swim school. Unlike the existing single-pool facility on Plantation Road, the new swimming complex will have a dedicated learners’ pool allowing us to free up lane space in the main lap pool for other users,” said Dr Cloete.

“Council is seeking one provider with proven experience in delivering quality learn-to-swim services on a scale matching Wanaka’s predicted demand.”

Providers interested in submitting a proposal for delivering the Wanaka learn-to-swim programme can download the EOI information pack from Council’s website, or by emailing Kate Webb at

Expressions of Interest close at 5.00pm on Monday, 9 April. Council expects to announce the outcome of the EOI process after its meeting on Thursday, 3 May.