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

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.


We are closed until further notice. Stay safe and take care everyone

Enquire now about swimming lessons!

Our lessons will resume as soon as possible after we are able to reopen. We will have lessons 7 days per week for all levels of ability.

Read more here or 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

6.00am – 3.30pm

Saturday & Sunday:
9.00am – 1.30pm (main pool)    12.00 – 1.30pm (small pool)

(Note: small pool available 12.00-1.30pm only; main pool available all day)

No casual swimming is available in either pool weekdays during the school term between 3.30 – 6.45pm.

Sometimes we have school groups with us; please check our opening hours page for these times as lane space will be limited.

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.

Read more here or 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 benchmark 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.