Find your local YMCA Swim School

As part of building strong kids, families and communities, the YMCA feels strongly about educating Kiwis to be safe in New Zealand's amazing pools, lakes, rivers and beaches. Preventable drownings are a really sad statistic and we want to help reduce these across all ages, from babies to adults.

Water Safety & Learn to Swim

We support water safety throughout our programme by:

  • For babies and preschoolers - teaching the tamariki and their parents about water hazards and how to behave around water as well as taking their first splash into learning to swim
  • For school age children - incorporating key water safety skills into our learn to swim programme
  • For adults - supporting learners of any age to grow their confidence as well as their swim skills, making sure they learn the best way to keep themselves and their families safe in the water

In Term 4 2020 we will be launching our new snorkel safety programme. Designed to teach vital safety skills for the open water, our first lessons are being delivered free of charge to local schools courtesy of our funding partner.

Surf Safety Camps

In 2021 the YMCA will be launching surf safety camps, a 3 day-2 night school camp teaching specialist beach, boating and watersport practical skills in a real life environment. Delivering curriculum outcomes and working with qualified, specialist partners, this camp will support Kiwi kids to stay safe and love the water for life.

  • Located on the coast in the Bay of Plenty
  • Catering and self-catering options to support your budget
  • All activity equipment and activities provided

Modules include:
Beach education and surf safety

  • The basics of surfing
  • Safe boating and marine safety equipment
  • Snorkel safety and weather safety

Find your local YMCA Swim School


Onehunga Pool & Leisure Centre

Park Gardens, Onehunga,Auckland

0800 433 111

Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre

29 Lagoon Dr, Panmure, Auckland

0800 623 757

Glen Innes Pool & Leisure Centre

122 Elstree Ave, Point England, Auckland

0800 784 308

Cameron Pool & Leisure Centre

53 Arundel Street, Mt Roskill, Auckland

0800 080 124

Surf Safety Camps