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Learn to swim

We offer swimming lessons to Kapiti for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, our dedicated team is committed to providing you with the aquatic skills you need for life! 

Join our weekly term-based classes, fun school holiday intensive programme, swimming squad or one-on-one swim classes. Dive into the world of swimming with SwimKāpiti today!

Sign up to learn to swim

To sign up, pop in and see our friendly staff or give us a call to talk through your options:

  • Ōtaki Pool: 06 364 5542
  • Coastlands Aquatic Centre: 04 296 4746
  • Waikanae Pool: 04 296 4789

Email: [email protected] 

Kāpiti Aquatics swim instructor teaching a young child to kick their legs
Enrolments are open for our Term 3 Learn to Swim lessons – details below

Free swimming assessments for all!

Experience has taught us that people gain confidence and develop skills more easily when placed in a level that matches their abilities. For this reason, we offer free swim assessments before the start of each term. This will ensure everyone gets the best start possible. 

The assessment is one on one with an experienced instructor taking approximately 10–15 minutes. After which a class level will be recommended for booking on the day. Please fill out the Free Swimming Assessment form, and our Swim School Manager will be in touch to arrange a suitable time.

Term dates and prices

Term dates

Coastlands Aquatic Centre: Due to scheduled pool maintenance, Term 3 runs from Monday 12 August–Saturday 28 September.

Ōtaki Pool: Term 3 runs from Monday 22 July–Saturday 28 September.

School holiday programme

Our school holiday programme offer 30-minute daily classes designed to accelerate your child’s learning and give them confidence in the water.

To book, visit or call Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Ōtaki Pool or Waikanae Pool in the summer months. Full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Kids swimming lengths at a squad swimming lesson | Kāpiti Coast Aquatics

Term-time lessons.

$143.00 for 10 weeks ($14.30 per lesson​)

Due to scheduled maintenance at Coastlands Aquatic Centre at the start of Term 3, you'll only pay for 7 weeks at $14.30 per lesson ($100.10 in total.)

Squad Swimmers

Once per week = standard rates

Twice per week = second lesson per week at 50%

Families enrolling three or more people with SwimKāpiti for a term receive a discounted rate per child. 

Payment Policies

Full payment must be made at the time of enrolment.

Credits will be issued with a medical certificate or if we cancel a lesson due to instructor illness or pool closure.

Private Lessons

20 minute and 30 minute lessons available for 1 or 2 students. See prices for details.

About SwimKāpiti classes

These baby and infant classes have the parent/guardian as the primary teacher under the careful guidance of the swimming instructor. 

Ways to hold and handle are taught whilst the infants are familiarised with the water environment through appropriate toys, games and activities.

These are designed to provide the experiences that underpin swimming skills.

Fundamentals that are developed include:

  • Safe entries and exits
  • Balance
  • Floatation
  • Orientation
  • Propulsion
  • Submersion
  • Breath Control
  • Fun!

The baby and infant classes consist of four levels:

  • Little Blue Penguins 6–12 months
  • Turtles 1–2 years
  • Whistling Frogs 2–3 years
  • Seahorses 3–4 years

Pēpi time – drop-in sessions (2 years and under)

Toys, bubbles, and music will help your little ones build water confidence in a safe and warm environment with our professional instructors. These sessions are free for two year olds and younger, with the usual charge for their accompanying adults.

Find a session near you:

  • 9.00–10.00am Mondays, Ōtaki Pool
  • 9.45–10.30am Tuesdays, Coastlands Aquatic Centre 
  • 9.15–10am Thursdays, Waikanae Pool.

Pre school (4 year olds)

Our preschool levels are for those 4 year olds ready to swim with or without a parent/guardian and achieved the fundamental skills outlined above for Parent and Baby. 

Once per term the swim school has a pyjama week. Fun with a serious learning outcome. The experience of swimming wearing clothes is one of the most useful and profound water safety experiences we can provide.


For 4 year olds with basic experiential skills (entry, movement, blowing bubbles, kicks) Learning to trust the water to support flotation and how to combine skills.


Four year olds who can fully submerge, rotate, glide and swim changing direction.
Introduction to correct arm actions, further stroke and safety knowledge and preparation for the school age.

Our school age lessons cater for all abilities, whether your child has been in lessons before or is new to swimming, we have a level for them. 

Once per term the swim school has a pyjama week. Fun with a serious learning outcome. The experience of swimming wearing clothes is one of the most useful and profound water safety experiences we can provide.

Swim school levels

SwimKāpiti school age swim programme consists of eight levels:

Orange Roughy

For new learners, finding out about floating, submersion and streamlining with kicking front and back. Introduction to essential water safety skills and knowledge, including treading water.


For those who can fully submerge and float on front and back. Introduction to streamlining, body roll, freestyle arms, and development of breath control. Introduction to side kicking, and sculling with propulsion.


For those who can float front and back, slide with a long body and show long legged kicking. Learning to use rhythmic breathing, more complex body skills and sequences. Introduction to breaststroke kick. Guided attempts at correct arm strokes and simulated safety circumstances.


For children who have propulsive skill. Developing body techniques to facilitate side breathing and strong mechanics. Further development of accurate arm strokes and sequencing skills. Introduction to breaststroke arm action. Integrating a breaststroke kick into treading water. Learning to scull and cope with underwater experiences.


Swimming in the Main 25m pool. Refining the complex skills of freestyle and backstroke as whole strokes. Works to develop breaststroke co-ordination, dolphin kicking and early diving abilities. Water safety aspects introduce reach and throw rescue efforts.

Moray Eels

45 minute lessons focus on building controlled distance with freestyle and backstroke development precision. Accurate breaststroke is worked on over longer distances. Diving and underwater skills are progressed. Strong survival skills are encouraged with experience using lifejackets and distance swimming.

Tiger Sharks

Essential skill learning for swimming and water safety in an age appropriate and supportive environment. Lessons focus on confidence in floating, submersion and development of freestyle and backstroke.

Hammer Heads

For swimmers aged 9 and above. Working towards mastery of freestyle breathing, backstroke, and introduction to breaststroke kick. Inclusion of survival strokes to build confidence and increase awareness of water safety drills.

Stingrays - 45 minutes

A strong expectation to develop sustainable stroke skills with precise instruction. 25 and 50m swims with correct technique. Advanced skills introduced such as butterfly arm action and early turning skills. Diving developed towards competitive technique. Sequenced water safety scenario. Water safety NZ’s 200m survival swim measured.  

Bronze Whalers - 60 minute

Transition to coaching situation to continuously fine-tune all stroke techniques to a high level of expertise. 50 and 100m of correct techniques expected. Racing starts and turns practiced.  Safety education focuses on survival in cold water. Tougher survival skills practiced. 

Choose one, two or three sessions per week.  

Orca - 60 minutes

Training squad, coached to develop fitness and speed with strong, correct stroke mechanics. Distance and speed certificate challenges. Timed swims and relay team work.  Introduction to Lifesaving and Lifeguarding skills.

We offer adult learn to swim and water safety classes for all levels whether you are learning to swim or wanting to refine your skills to become more efficient.

We can also coach you for an event such as triathlons, open water swims, swim test for your career, etc.

Find out more by talking to our Reception team today!

Contact us

Coastlands Aquatic Centre
Phone: 04 296 4746
Address: 10 Brett Ambler Way, Paraparaumu

Ōtaki Pool
Phone: 06 364 5542
Address: Haruātai Park, 200 Mill Road, Ōtaki

Waikanae Pool
Phone: 04 896 4789
Address: 52 Ngarara Road, Waikanae