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 foremost 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.

Holiday programmes

We operate 4 day holiday programmes during all school holidays, Monday to Thursday.

60 minute classes for proficient swimmers –  $78

45 minute classes for emergent swimmers –  $70

30 minute classes for beginner swimmers  – $62

During January 2018 we’ll be running programmes 8-11 January, 15-18 January, 22-25 January

Please our holiday programme page for more details.

School groups & special events

Please see our Opening Hours page for times when we schools or special events booked with us.

Please note during the times schools booked  the small pool is not available and space in the main pool is limited.

School holidays, public holiday weekends

We are closed Show Weekend and will reopen Monday 20 November at 6.00am

We are open week days only during all school holidays 9.00am-4.00pm; we are closed in the weekends.

Casual swimming is available in the main pool only between 9.00-12.00pm at these times.


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 children’s, men’s, and women’s  swimwear. Good quality gear at fantastic prices!

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.