Existing customers

When you book and pay online, you'll receive a discount.

Karori pool learn to swim programme.

Learning to swim with quality instructors

Book classes

You can book a class:

  • by phone: (04) 801 4403
  • in person at the facility
  • online:

Book now

New customers

If you have'nt swum with us before, we'll need to assess you to check what level you are.

School holiday programmes

Bookings for the 2016 January school holiday programmes open Tuesday 24 November.

Term 1 2016: when and how to book classes

Pool Rollover booking dates Preferential bookings open
Karori Pool Open: 9am Friday 4 December
Close: 9pm Wednesday 9 December
Online or phone:
8am Friday 11 December
Keith Spry Pool   No rollover bookings Online:
Saturday 5 December
8.30am Monday 7 December
Tawa Pool No rollover bookings Online:
Saturday 5 December
Phone or at facility:
8.30am Monday 7 December
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre Open: 8am Tuesday 1 December
Close: 6pm Sunday 6 December
Online or phone:
8am Tuesday 8 December
  • Rollover bookings - existing customers who pay by the closing date will have their course automatically rolled over to the identical course as their previous set of lessons.
  • Preferential bookings - available to existing customers.
  • General bookings open - Wednesday 16 December.

Choice of pools

The Learn to Swim programme is available at:

Choice of classes

The Learn to Swim programme operates all year round, offering a wide range of classes and aquatic courses.

Classes match the primary school terms.

During the school holidays, a wide variety of intensive courses are also available.

Parents / caregivers need to be in the water with children under the age of 3 years.

 Cost  per lesson                                 
6 - 36 months
$10.80 Encourages enjoyment of the water, develops awareness and confidence; teaches floating and kicking skills. Parent/caregiver required in the water during the class.
3 - 5 years

Five levels which develop and extend your child's swimming and water safety skills, building self-esteem, confidence and motor-skill development.

School children

$13.50 (up to bronze sharks)
$14.50 (silver sharks, gold sharks)
$15.00 (mini squad, youth squad)

Caters for all levels - from nervous beginners to children who can swim lengths. Develops and extends your child's swimming and water safety skills. Block courses are available in the school holidays.
Adults $14.50 Four to Six week courses catering for all levels - from basic survival swimming skills to improving stroke and breathing techniques.

Any age for people with impairments


One-on-one lessons adapted for people with impairments. We can also help you find out about funding for swimming lessons.

Check available classes

To view class times and availability, go to the Programmes section on our online Recreation Bookings service.

Wellington City Council runs the Learn to Swim programme in partnership with Water Safety New Zealand. The programme supports the National Swim for Life campaign.

Aquatic courses

  • Diving for preschoolers
  • For school children - kayaking, springboard diving, sportfit classes and Aquatic Club
  • Kayaking for adults

Aquatic Club includes a variety of water-based activities for school children such as snorkelling, kayaking, surf sense and springboard diving.

More information

Swim School

Phone: (04) 801 4403
Email: swimschool@wcc.govt.nz

Phone line hours:

Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday:    9am - 6pm