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.


Yes!!! We are OPEN for casual swimming and lessons!!!

While at Alert Level 1 casual swimming is available:

  • Monday to Thursday 6.00am – 3.00pm; 7.00pm-8.00pm
  • Friday 6.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 11.30am – 1.30pm

Mellow Mondays will recommence Monday 15 June.

Please continue to observe the following Health and Safety requirements:

  • Sanitise your hands at  reception when entering/exiting the building
  • Shower before entering the pools

Yes!!! We have spaces available in our swimming classes, so book and start with us today!!!

All programmes – except for unaccompanied classes – are running.

We have lessons 7 days per week for all levels of ability. Class sizes are limited to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Contact us today to book your place – we’d love to have you join us!

Read more here or Contact us today!

School bookings

Sometimes we have schools booked in with us. At these times space is limited, or may be unavailable, in either pool.

We have school bookings this month at the following times:

Tuesday 9th through to Friday 12th June, 1.15-2.15pm. No public swimming is available during this time.

Tuesday 16th June through to Friday 19th June, 1.15-2.15pm. No public swimming is available during 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.

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.