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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 4

We cater for all ages - babies throught to 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 Holidays:

We will be shut Labour Weekend, 25-27 October, and Show Weekend, 14-16 November.

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 & Recreational 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

Water Babies sessions are held during term time, weekday mornings Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am; Sunday afternoons 12.00 - 1.00pm, at the cost of $5 per session.

There's no need to book and you can come to as many sessions a week as you like! 

Water Babies will finish at the end of this term (Sunday 28 September) and will be replaced by our Baby Classes starting 13 October

Baby classes

We have baby classes for babies aged 6 months and up between 9.00-10.00am Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, and between 9.00am-12.00pm Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lessons are 30 minutes, $14.95 per lesson and bookable by the term.

Holiday programme!!!

We are taking bookings for our September-October holiday programme, 29 Sept-3 Oct, and 6-10 October. Click here for more info.

Off Peak Grab a Class!!!

Super-cheap lessons are here! We're offering heavily discounted blocks of learn to swim classes 10.00am-1.00pm weekdays during the following weeks only:

September 8-12; 15-19; 22-26

October 13-17

December 8-12; 15-19

5 lessons for $50! Classes for babies through to adults. Check out the flyer here for more details.

Recreational class!!! 

For competent swimmers aged 16yrs & under

So, you done all the learn to swim levels and don't want to be a competitive swimmer, but still want to swim and get some coaching along the way? Then, our new Recreational Class is perfect for you! 

Recreational classes start 9 September and will run:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm

Purchase a 10 visit Recreational card for $60

Recreational classes are held during the school term only and will not run in the school or public holidays. 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.  

Swim gear & equipment

We stock the best range of Speedo and Zoggs caps, goggles, swimwear and other training equipment in Christchurch at very competitive prices. Come and see us for all your swimming requirements. 


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