News | 2 February 2021

Learn water safety skills for life with SwimWell

With your little (and not so little) ones heading back to school, this could be the perfect time to think about extra-curricular activities to keep them busy during the term.

A young child with blue swimsuit, swimming cap and googles on, concentrating while using a flutter board in the pool.

Our SwimWell programme offers year-round swimming lessons for children aged 5 months to 14 years, no matter what level they’re at. They’ll gain confidence, make friends and learn water safety skills for life.

Your child can join a class at any time, and they can now swim unlimited at all our pools for free while enrolled – some pools also have toddlers' pools, spas, and saunas!

We have four indoor heated pools to choose from; Karori Pool, Keith Spry Pool in Johnsonville, Tawa Pool, and Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie. 

Karori has a 25-metre heated indoor pool, learners' pool, teaching pool, toddlers' pool, and a spa pool.

Johnsonville's Keith Spry Pool has a 25-metre heated indoor pool, a diving pool, toddlers' and children's play pool, spa, and sauna. (Please note the main pool is currently closed for an upgrade, but lessons will be diverted to Tawa or Thorndon until it reopens in April.)

Tawa Pool has a 25-metre heated indoor pool, learners' pool, toddlers' pool, spa and sauna. The awesome team here are currently offering NZSL lessons on Saturday mornings for children who are deaf or have hearing loss. They also offer lessons in te reo Māori for Little Dipper and Big Dippers. 

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC) in Kilbirnie has a 50-metre heated indoor pool, diving pool, toddlers’ pool and spray water-play area, programmes pool, hydrotherapy pool, gym, spas and saunas.

A woman in a swimsuit holding her young child as they smile and play with two blue balls in the pool.

Lessons run during the school term and are priced from just $10.80, with LeisureCard holders eligible for a 20 percent discount.  

 We also offer week-long intensive courses during the holidays, and swimming lessons for adults.  

Our aim is to teach your child the skills to be safe while becoming confident and independent in the water. If you’re not sure what level they’re at, you can book them in for a free swim test.  

If you’d like to find out more, you can fill out a form on the SwimWell website or email us at swimwell@wcc.govt.nz.