Canterbury Swim School is a leading provider of swim lessons for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

We’re located at the Waitaha Aquatic Centre, 25 Charente Way, just off Buchanans Rd, in the Hornby/Yaldhurst area.

With 2 pools – a 6 lane, 25 m lap pool heated to 27 degrees, and a 4 lane 10m teaching pool heated to 32 degrees – we cater for everyone.


Book now for learn to swim!

We have places available on our afterschool and weekend classes across all levels of ability, 7 days per week. No waiting list! Contact us today!

Casual swimming

Canterbury Swim School is a private pool, however you’re welcome to come for a casual swim during any of the hours below – you don’t have to be a member or have lessons with us:

Public swimming hours

Monday – Thursday:   6.00am – 3.30pm; 6.45pm – 8.00pm

Friday:                        6.00am – 3.30pm

Saturday- Sunday:     9.00am – 1.30pm (Note: small pool available 12.00-1.30pm only; main pool available all day)

Public hours may vary when we have schools or events booked. Please refer to our Opening Hours page for these.

Practice your swimming for free!

All swimmers enrolled in our weekly programme are able to have a free practice whenever we have our practice lanes open – you can come as many times as you want. This is a great chance to brush up on skills learned during the week!

Free introductory lesson for under 3s

We offer a free introductory lesson if your child is under 3 years of age. Give us a call or email us at to find out more.

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.