After completing the school-age group lessons, children can progress into mini squads where the focus is on increasing water safety skills, swimming distance and technique.

Become a Swimsmart member


Monday to Friday from 3.30pm and Saturday mornings.

45 or 60 minute lessons.

For specific class times please call 03 941 8999 or visit your nearest facility. 

Bronze (45 minutes)

  • 100m freestyle
  • 100m backstroke
  • 50m breaststroke
  • Introduce butterfly
  • 200m survival swim
  • Lifejacket safety sequence

Silver (45 minutes)

  • 200m freestyle
  • 200m backstroke
  • 100m breaststroke
  • 25m butterfly
  • 400m survival swim
  • Deep water safety sequence

Silver extension (60 minutes)

  • 400m Freestyle
  • 100m Individual Medley
  • 50m freestyle in under 1 minute
  • 200m survival swim in a lifejacket
  • Rough water safety sequence

Swim coaching programme

To progress from Council’s Swimsmart programme, please contact Swimming Canterbury West Coast to connect with a suitable swimming club. 

Clubs offer different levels and squads that cater for all abilities through to competitive swimmers. Swimmers have the opportunity to experience racing from internal competitions to regional, national and international levels. 

For information on clubs please contact