Canterbury Swim School is a Christchurch based Swim School located at the Waitaha Aquatic Centre, 25 Charente Way, Yaldhurst  – just off Buchanans and Gilberthorpe Rds in the Hornby/Yaldhurst area.

The Centre is Christchurch’s newest swimming lesson provider and learn to swim facility. It features two pools: a 26° 6 lane 25m lap and a 32° 10m x 11m pool with a state-of-the-art filtration system providing exceptional water clarity you won’t have experienced anywhere else in New Zealand.

Swimming lessons

Canterbury Swim School has innovative and exciting swimming lessons for all levels and abilities from babies through to adults.

There’s no waiting list – we still have swimming lessons available for this term. For more information give us a call on 03 2602 220 or email us at


Casual swimming

You can also come and swim casually with us. Check out our Opening Hours page for available hours.


We stock an extensive range of Speedo and Zoggs caps, goggles, swimwear and other training equipment at very competitive prices. Come and see us for all your swimming requirements.

Swimwear on sale!

We have 50% off selected styles of children’s and women’s  swimwear. Good quality gear at fantastic prices!

School groups & special events

We have schools booked in for weeks from now until mid December. Please see our Opening Hours page for these times.

Please note during these hours the small pool is not available and space in the main pool is limited.

School holidays

We operate holiday programmes Monday-Friday during the holidays. Casual swimming is available in the main pool only between 9.00-11.00am during this time.

We will be closed weekends during the school holidays.

Christmas/New Year hours

We will close for casual swimming 3.30pm Friday 16 December and reopen Monday 9 January. A list of opening hours for January will be displayed on our ‘Opening Hours’ page shortly.

Quality Swim School – gold status

Canterbury Swim School has been recognised as a Gold Status Quality Swim School by Swimming New Zealand, the highest standard possible. A Quality Swim School is the industry bench mark for defined best practice standards in the swim teaching industry. The accreditation takes into account our swimming lessons, programme structure, tutor qualifications, and facility. Only those swim schools who comply can be awarded the Quality Swim School mark.