Learn to Swim

Regardless of your age or ability, you can learn the life skill of swimming and water safety with our quality programmes.

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    03 450 9115

    aqualandswimschool@qldc.govt.nz 

    QLDC Swim School – Queenstown is located at Alpine Aqualand, Queenstown Events Centre.

    As an Aqualand Swim School member, you can enjoy practicing or splashing about at Alpine Aqualand for two hours after your lesson.

    Enjoy our purpose built learners’ pools (maintained at a comfortably warm temperature), a separate shallow area for toddlers, an adult hot pool and a 25m lap pool.

    Alpine Aqualand also has two hydroslides and a ‘lazy river’ feature.

    View the below information for class levels, class types and prices or proceed to our online booking system.

     

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    03 443 9334 

    wanakaswims@qldc.govt.nz

    QLDC Swim School – Wanaka is located at the three-pool complex at Wanaka Recreation Centre.

    As a Wanaka Swim School member, you can enjoy practicing or splashing about for two hours after your lesson.

    We have a 8-lane 25m lap pool, 20m learners' pool with separate toddlers' area, and adult hot pool.

    View the below information for class levels, class types and prices or proceed to our online booking system.

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  • Group Lessons

    Starting at 6 months of age, our swim classes develop your child’s swimming ability all the way through to senior high school. See below for class levels and the skills developed at each level.  If your child can complete the skills, then they are ready to move to the next level.

    Private Lessons

    For complete one-on-one attention, we offer private lessons with a highly qualified swim instructor. Private lessons provide a very secure environment for those who have never learned to swim.

    Abilities Lessons

    We also offer one-on-one classes for those with special needs, such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Funding may be available through the Halberg Trust. See halberg.co.nz. 

    Adult Lessons

    There is no time like the present to develop your swimming ability. Whether you are learning to swim for the first time or you would like to touch up your skills, our adult classes provide swimming tuition and technique correction to help you progress. The programme consists of two five-week blocks per term, or private lessons.

    All lessons are subject to availability. To learn more, please complete our enquiry form located below.

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  • Lessons are available every day during the school term, catering for children as young as 6 months through to adults. Whether you are new to swimming or wanting to improve your technique, we have a level for you.

    If you have any doubt which lesson level you or your child should be in, please view our class descriptions below which details the required skills at each level. If you are still unsure what would be best for your child, we can provide you with a free swim assessment.

    All children receive certificates of achievement as they progress All children receive certificates of achievement as they progress through the levels. Classes are based on a 10 week term.

     

    1. Parent and Child Classes  

    It’s never too early to learn and babies love water! Introducing them to water at an early age will help them gain a lifelong skill. Classes are conducted with a parent or guardian in the water, so take this opportunity to bond with your child and improve their water confidence.

     

    Class

    Skills developed

     

    Rubber Duckies

    (6-12 months)

    8 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Introduce your infant to the water

    > Basic water safety at home and in the pool

     

    Frogs

    (12-24 months)

    8 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Submersion of your child

    > Increased independent movement

    > Flotation and rotation skills

     

    Sprats

    (24-36 months)

    8 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Develop independent movement in the water

    > Increase water confidence

    > Encourage basic swimming

     

    2. Pre-school Classes: 3-4 years

    Introduce your pre-schooler to the wonderful world of swimming. Our fun programme and awesome instructors will allow your pre-schooler to discover the water independently, gain confidence and learn how to enjoy the water safely.

     

    Class

    Skills developed

     

    Happy Hippos

    4 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Repeated submersion with bubbles

    > Assisted rotation front and back

    > Unassisted flotation front/back and regain standing position

     

     

    Busy Beavers

    4 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Unassisted push and streamline front/back

    > Unassisted rotation glide in both directions

    > Unassisted streamline front/back

    > Introduce freestyle arm action

     

    Crazy Crocs

    4 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Repeated rotate kicking between front and back 8m

    > Backstroke 8m

    > Freestyle 8m

    > Breaststoke Kick - 5 kicks

    >Butterfly (dolphin) kick 8m

     

    Super Squid

    4 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Freestyle bilateral breathing 13m

    > Backstroke 13m

    > Breaststroke (pop-up breathing) 10m

    > Butterfly (dolphin) kick 10m

    > Tread water 10 secs

     

     

    3. School age classes: 5-16 years

    Our school age levels cater to all ages and abilities. Work your way through all the strokes: breaststroke, freestyle, and butterfly. Swimmers will have a progressive set of goals to achieve and will receive a certificate at the completion of each of them. 

    Learners pool:

     

    Class

    Skills developed

     

     

    Starfish

    5 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Repeated submersion with bubbles

    > Assisted rotation front and back

    > Unassisted flotation front/back and regain standing position

     

     

    Turtles

    5 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Unassisted push and streamline front/back

    > Unassisted rotation glide in both directions

    > Unassisted streamline front/back

    > Introduce freestyle arm action

     

    Penguins

    6 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Safe entry and exit

    > Repeated rotate kicking between front and back 8m

    > Backstroke 8m

    > Freestyle 8m

    > Breaststoke Kick - 5 kicks

    >Butterfly (dolphin) kick 8m

     

    Water rats

    6 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Freestyle bilateral breathing 13m

    > Backstroke 13m

    > Breaststroke (pop-up breathing) 10m

    > Butterfly (dolphin) kick 10m

    > Tread water 10 secs

     

    Lap pool:

     

    Class

    Skills developed

     

     

     

    Octopus

    6 per class

    30 mins

     

    >Answer two water safety questions

    > Freestyle/ breathing 1-2-3 20m

    > Backstroke/ shoulder roll continuous 20m

    > Breaststroke continuous 15m

    > Butterfly (dolphin) kick 12m

    > Perform a push and glide on front into a forward summersault

    > Perform a kneeling dive

    > Mushroom float 5 sec then stretch into a streamline float

    > Introduce butterfly arms on poolside only

     

     

    Otters

    6 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Freestyle (bilateral breathing) 25m

    > Backstroke (rotation) 25m

    > Breaststroke (pop-up breathing) 25m

    > Butterfly 5 full strokes

    > Perform a kneeling/ standing dive

     

     

     

     

    Dolphins

    7 per class

    30 mins

     

    > Continuously swim bilateral freestyle 50m

    > Continuously swim backstroke with rotation 50m

    > Breaststroke 50m

    > Butterfly 15m

    >Survival backstroke 25m

    > Introduction to starts and turns

     

    Sea Lions

    8 per pass

    45 mins

     

    > Freestyle/ bilateral breathing with tumble turns 100m

    > Backstroke with correct turns 100m

    > Breaststroke 100m with correct touch turn 100m

    > Butterfly (good technique) finish with touch turn 25m

    Introduction to individual medley (fly/back/breast/free

     

    Sting Rays

    8 per class

    45 mins

     

     

    > Freestyle/ bilateral breathing/ tumble turns 400m

    > Backstroke with correct turns 400m

    > Breaststroke with correct touch turns

    >Butterfly with correct touch turn 50m

    > Individual medley (fly/back/breast/free) with correct turns 200m

    > Breaststroke 100m with correct touch turn 100m

     

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  • Our instructors have both nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, including the Assistant Swim Teacher Award (ASTA) from Swimming NZ, the National Swim Ed Certificate and the AUSTSWIM Australia's Teacher Licences.

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  • Term classes

    Description

    Per Term (10 weeks)

    Parent & Child classes (6-36 months)

    $115

    Pre-school classes (3-4 years)

    $115

    School age classes (5-16 years)

    $115

     

    Family discounts will apply when booking 3 or more children. Multi-lesson discounts will apply when your child takes more than 1 class per week. See the booking below.

     

    Individual classes

    Description

    Per person, per lesson

    Private lessons (30 mins)

    $30 (or $40 for 2 children)

    Abilities classes (30 mins)

    $20

    Adults lessons (30 mins)

    $50

     

    Adult group lessons

    Description

    Per block of 5 lessons

    Members

    $55

    Non Members

    $90

     

    Click here to find more information on our swimming venues, swim memberships and casual prices.

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  • We provide a secure online system for class bookings and payments. Depending on your preferred location (Queenstown or Wanaka), expand the above QLDC Swim School section and select your option to either register for an online account (new customers), log back in (existing customers) or browse our online timetable first, prior to registering or logging in.

    Once you have selected your preferred class, you will have 2 payment options:

    1. Pay by direct debit (select “Perpetual” payment type) which will deduct fortnightly payments directly from your account. Your swim school enrolment will then automatically rollover to the next term and the class level will automatically adjust to your child's current swimming ability.

    2. Pay upfront for the full term (select “Term” payment type). If you would like to continue with swimming lessons next term, you will need to log back in (when the new term is published) to book and pay again.

    Please note, we try to be flexible with lesson times and work around your family's needs, however please be aware this is not always possible.

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  • Girls

    Fitting one piece togs (no rash vests or board shorts) Goggles, swim cap (Lap pool swimmers)

    Boys

    Fitting swim briefs or shorts (no rash vests or board shorts) Goggles, swim cap (Lap pool swimmers)

    Children swimming in rash shirts and board shorts are disadvantaged due to the drag that is created in the water by wearing them. This swimwear is great for the beach and to protect children from the sun but makes learning to swim difficult. You can purchase appropriate swimwear and aquatics equipment to assist your child’s swimming at our on-site shop, located in each of our facilities.

    Under 3’s

    While in classes and swimming, all children under 3 years of age must wear swim nappies and tight fitting swim wear. The key requirement is that there are two lines of defence - nappy and togs. These are available for purchase at Customer Services or your nearest supermarket. Swim nappies can be disposable or reusable.

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  • QLDC Swim School is a gold quality provider as certified by the New Zealand Swim Teachers and Coaches Association (NZSCTA). All our instructors hold qualifications from Swimming New Zealand or AUSTSWIM and attend regular in-house training.

    Both centres provide:

    • Qualified, experienced instructors
    • A positive and comfortable learning environment
    • Small classes and a friendly, personalised service
    • Indoor heated swimming pools
    • Family orientated environment
    • Intensive Holiday Swim Week programmes
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  • We also run intensive, week-long swim classes during school holidays. For more info on these contact your local swim school directly:

    Queenstown Swim School (Queenstown Events Centre):

    03 450 9115

    aqualandswimschool@qldc.govt.nz

     

    Wānaka Swim School (Wānaka  Recreation Centre):

    03 443 9334

    wanakaswims@qldc.govt.nz

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  • Safety of children/swimmers at Swim School is of primary concern. To reduce the risk of accidents, safety measures are in place at Swim School facility. However, it is the parent’s or caregiver’s responsibility to ensure the children’s safety at all times while on Swim School’s premises.

    Find our supervision policy here

    For a full list of our swim school terms and conditions, please click here.

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