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Waitaha Aquatic Centre & Canterbury Swim School

The Waitaha Aquatic Centre, built for Canterbury Swim School, is located at 25 Charente Way (just off Buchanans Rd in Yaldhurst). 

Our Centre features 2 pools - a 6 lane 25m lap and a 10m x 11m pool.

if you're looking for somewhere to train for an event, or just wanting to get some laps under your belt, our 25m pool is perfect for your needs.

If you're after swim teaching or hydrotherapy, our smaller teaching pool at 32 degrees is the ideal choice.

With state-of-the-art filtration systems in place, both pools feature exceptional water clarity you won't have experienced anywhere else in New Zealand.

Swim School 

We are taking bookings for term 3

We cater for all ages, including adults, and all ranges of ability. To find out more give us a call on 260 2220, or email us at to find out more.

Opening Hours

Waitaha Aquatic Centre, while privately owned, is also open for casual lane swimming. Our 25m pool is available for lap swimming throughout our opening hours (please be aware space may be limited during school term time between 3.30 - 5.45pm). Our learn to swim pool is closed for public swimming  during the school term time between 3.00 - 5.45pm and on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 9.00am - 12.00pm, but is available any time outside of those hours.

We're open:

Monday - Friday 6.00am - 8.00pm

Saturday 7.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Children's safety is paramount; our policy is all children under 14 years of age must be accompanied and actively supervised by a parent/caregiver aged over 16 years at all times.

Unaccompanied children are unable to swim at our complex.   

Public Swimming Prices

School child: casual visit $3.50 10 visit concession pass  $30

Adult: casual visit  $5.00 10 visit concession pass $45

Over 65s: casual visit $4.00 10 visit concession pass $35


    & parent:  casual visit  $5.00 10 visit concession pass $45

Family pass: (2 adults + 2 children) $15  each additional child $3

Master class                                                  10 visit concession card $60

Mellow Mondays casual visit ($5) 10 visit concession pass $45

Spectators: no charge    

The wearing of a swim cap is compulsory when swimming in our pools.

Staff Wanted!

We're growing fast and we need more swim tutors to grown with us now! 

If you're wanting to work in our fantastic new facility with excellent working conditions click here for more info. 


Are you wanting to train for an event, work or your technique, or simply wanting to get fit? Then our Master Classes might be just the thing for you.

We run Master Classes Monday & Friday mornings 6.00am - 7.00am and Monday & Friday evenings 6.45pm-7.45pm.

Purchase a 10 visit concession card for $60; you'll  get top quality coaching and training with a fantastic group of swimmers.

Click here for more info.

Mellow Mondays

for over 60s.

Specially for the over 60s - come along on a Monday morning between 9.00am-10.00am and enjoy a swim followed by coffee and a bikkie.

No need to book - just coming along. Single visits are $5 or purchase a 10 visit Mellow Card for $45.

Click here for more info. 

Water Babies

We have a programme specifically aimed for infants aged 3 years & under - and at the cost of a Parent & Preschooler swim - $5!

Water Babies sessions are held during term time, weekday mornings Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am; Sunday afternoons 12.00 - 1.00pm

There's no need to book and you can come to as many sessions a week as you like! Click  here for more info. 

Holiday programme

We have just a handful of spaces left in our morning holiday programme  which runs 7-11 July and 14-19 July. Contact us now if you'd like to secure one of these final places. Click here for more info.

Pool Parties

Wanting a pool party? We offer pool parties for children aged 12 years and under on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You'll get exclusive use of the learn to swim pool; we also have a meeting room which can be hired separately. Please contact us if you're interested in making a booking.    

Puawai - Realising Potential

Realising potential is our motto and what we stand for. All children have potential; we aim not only to help them discover it but to help them fulfil it. And we want, you, the parent, on that journey with us.  Learning to swim is a life saving skill, but it should be fun and challenging. At Canterbury Swim School we’re not just here to teach swimming, we’re about developing the whole child by instilling a sense of confidence, self belief, and self esteem through encouragement and a fun learning environment.

At Canterbury Swim School we’re confident our programmes will: 

  • address the current high rate of drownings
  • improve on the current statistic of 25% of children able to swim 200 metres
  • offer youth a healthy and meaningful competitive sporting choice
  • promote wellness and well-being for all

Swim Club

Waitaha Swim Club is based at our Waitaha Aquatic Centre and caters for emergent competitive swimmers through to nationally competitive squads. Waitaha Swim Club offers a clear pathway from learn to swim through to the various squad levels, meaning our complex is well and truly a one-stop shop for all swimming levels. Contact us if you're interested in becoming a club member.  


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. 


Huia and Jenny have turned my then very shy 9 year old son into the strong competitve swimmer he is today. The guidence, knowlege and skills  both Huia and Jenny  have, made learning to swim and reaching goals that much easier. The style of teaching is outstanding, - using easy to follow instructions, while gaining the attention...

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