YMCA Swim Schools in Auckland

Auckland is almost surrounded by water – so learning to swim is a vital life skill

At YMCA Swim Schools in Auckland there’s no wrong age to learn to swim, we cater to all ages and abilities, and our facilities are perfectly equipped for participants to get the most from the learning opportunities that our highly trained instructors provide.  

Babies and toddlers can take part in lessons accompanied by a parent or guardian and school-age kids can get splashing in classes with low student to teacher ratios. Adults can develop their skills and fitness in dedicated learn to swim and squad classes. We also offer personal swimming instructors that can provide special one-on-one tuition, whether it’s to get on top of a particular stroke or training for a big event.

With dedicated heated pools providing a comfortable learning environment year-round, our YMCA swim school programmes are here to help give you the introduction you’ve always needed – or the next step in your swimming skill development.

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Why Choose YMCA Swim School

  • Qualified Instructors
  • Low Instructor to Student Ratios
  • Award Winning Programmes, Centres & Instructors
  • Structured Programmes With Clear Progression
  • Lessons Available Weekdays & Weekends
  • Purpose Built & Heated Pools
  • Free Assessments

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YMCA Swim School Programmes

Baby Swimming Lessons

For baby swim lessons, the learning experience is just as important for the parent as the child. While your baby develops motor skills, independence and water confidence, you’ll learn important water safety concepts to help your child become safer in and around water.

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Pre School Swimming Lessons

Toddlers and preschoolers are adventurous, learning and discovering new things every day. Building on water confidence Preschool Swimming Lessons introduce structured progressions with a strong emphasis on swimming skills and water safety. 

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School Age Swimming Lessons

Whatever your child’s experience with swimming, YMCA Auckland’s school age classes are ability based and cater to all levels of experience. Classes are based on structured progressions with a strong emphasis on skill execution and water safety.

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Adult Swimming Lessons

Whether you want to develop some skills to stay safe around water, or you learned the basics a long time ago but feel that you need a refresher, adult swimming lessons can help you gain the confidence you need in the water.

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Squad Training

Classes for adults and teenagers (16 and over) and skill based training squads. Sessions focus on both technique and fitness, providing structured progressions, while increasing endurance in all strokes.  

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Access & Inclusion

We pride ourselves on providing an equal opportunity for a diverse range of people to participate in aquatic activities, regardless of their disability, age, culture or background.

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Water Safety Visits

Educating our local community Early Learning Centres, Preschools and Schools of the importance of Water Safety.

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School & Community Group Lessons

Tailored programmes are available year round for school and community groups. Programmes can be customised both in terms of content and duration.

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Why Choose Us

Qualified Instructors

To ensure you receive the highest teaching quality our swim teachers  receive on-going training, are AUSTSWIM qualified and are police checked. We have a variety of different teachers to suit your needs.

Low Instructor to Student Ratios

Maximising potential and seeing swimmers progress is important to us. We aim to keep our instructor to student ratios as low as possible to ensure the best learning results.

Lessons Weedays & Weekends

We understand that schedules can be busy that's why we offer swimming lessons 7days a week. With a number of different options available we are sure to have a class that suits you.

Award Winning

YMCA Swim Schools have been recognised recipients for a number of   AUSTSWIM Aotearoa awards in 2015 and 2016.  Awards include; Swim Centre of the Year, Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, Teacher of Infant and Preschool and Presenter of the Year.

Free Assessments


Before you begin lessons with us we offer a free assessment to ensure your child is in the right level for their development. Throughout the programme children are continually assessed and will be moved up once they have achieved the level goals requirements.

Purpose Built & Heated Pools

No matter what the weather, we have indoor heated pools perfect for swimming all year round. Our purpose built facilities are designed for ease of use with baby change tables and family changing rooms situated readily on poolside 

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