Canterbury Swim School
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.
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!
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.
Due to a school sports event our facility will be closed Friday 14 February between 9.30am – 2.15pm; no casual swimming will be available at this time.
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.
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.