Water safety is a vital part of living in New Zealand.
Sadly, in 2017, seven children under the age of five drowned in New Zealand, that’s two more than in 2016. Of those seven fatalities, five occurred in home pools. In that same year, a further 26 children were hospitalised as a result of near fatal drowning incidents.
We believe that all drownings are preventable so it is our aim to join the cause to reduce the drowning stats of children aged under 5 to zero drownings by 2020.
YMCA and Auckland Council deliver swimming lessons that teach families more than just how to swim. We teach techniques for how to be safe in and around water. This includes backyard pools, public pools and beaches.
YMCA Swim School manager Karla McCaughan says teaching water safety provides vital skills for parents and children. “Parents are also encouraged to be part of the lessons and learn about what they can do to keep children safe around water.”
YMCA and Auckland Council have joined forces to offer all families the opportunity to start young with a year's worth of subsidised swimming for kids aged 3 months to 5 years.
All lessons are run by fully qualified and trained instructors and are available at the below eight aquatic centres around Auckland. YMCA has been supporting Plunket in this initiative since early 2017 and we are excited to have Auckland Council join us to work towards our goal.
Register your child today and we'll be in touch with a time to assess your child to enrol them in a suitable programme for their skill level.
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Water safety skills are important to learn, whether at the local pool or at home. Check out our water safety tips with YMCA's aquatics manager, Karla.
"I enrolled Jacob in swimming and water-safety sessions at Cameron Pools in Mt Roskill when he was six months old and he loved it. Jacob is over a year old now and it’s been even more wonderful watching him develop his confidence in the water. If Jacob was ever to fall into a pool, god-forbid, I have some confidence he would know what to do. "
"My younger son, he has been with Tracey (swimming instructor) since he was 5 months old, and we have loved every minute of it. Although only 18 months, over the Christmas holiday period we could see the impact on how comfortable our son was in the water."
"The Plunket program has helped me as a parent obtain skills that assist me in and around the water with my kids. It's given them the confidence and highlighted how teaching swimming skills in a fun environment can be a massive asset in real life situations."
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YMCA Pools Plunket Offer:
50% off babies’ and pre-school swimming lessons pricing for children aged 3 months to 5 years old. Only valid for classes Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. A minimum of one term (10 weeks of consecutive classes) need to be booked at the same time. Offer is subject to availability/capacity in classes. No further discounts apply when taking up the Plunket offer (e.g. multiple swimmer discounts). Available at the following centres only: Cameron Pools & Leisure Centre, Glen Innes Pool & Leisure Centre, Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre and Onehunga War Memorial Pool.
Auckland Council Pools Plunket Offer:
50% off the relevant age group pricing for classes between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday to Friday only. Offer is subject to availability/capacity in classes. Offer is limited to classes for children under 5 years old. There is a limit of 4 consecutive terms of half price lessons per child after which standard pricing applies. No further discounts apply when taking up the Plunket offer (e.g. multiple swimmer discounts). Available at the following centres only: Tepid Baths, West Wave, Manurewa Pools and Leisure, Albany Stadium Pool.