Our Swimsmart membership offers flexible payment options, quality instructors and unlimited access to our pools outside of lesson times to help your child be confident and safe in and around the water.

Visiting Recreation and Sport Centres during Alert Level 2

Our centres remain open under COVID Alert Level 2, with steps in place to ensure people can maintain physical distancing and that we have the ability to contact trace. Please stay at home if you or anyone in your house is unwell. Find out more.

We encourage you to download the NZ COVID Tracer app.

You can book in for your group fitness class, including Spin, AquaFit and Tumbletimes. 

Some times of the day can be busier than others and we will continue to monitor capacity to ensure our customers can physical distance. There may be queues at times, please be patient with other customers and our staff while we work through these changes together. We’ll keep people moving as quickly and as safely as possible and ensure physical distancing. 

Until Saturday 26 September our Swimsmart programme is running with reduced times and programming. Lessons for Tigersharks, Barracudas, Marlins and Mini Squads are on at the usual times. All other lessons are on hold.
Starting Monday 28 September a new Swimsmart programme has been created to enable all lessons to run under Alert Levels 1 and 2 without disruption. Bookings open on Monday 21 September. Find out more.


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Become a Swimsmart member

Swimsmart memberships

Swimsmart memberships can be purchased by visiting any Recreation and Sport Centre – Jellie ParkGraham CondonPioneer or Taiora: QEII.

A Swimsmart membership offers multiple benefits:

  • Up to 48 weeks of lessons per year including public and school holidays
  • Unlimited access to our indoor and summer pools
  • Flexible or fixed-term options
  • The ability to freeze your membership for up to eight weeks per 12-month period
Membership type Description Fee
Parent-child Child under 3 years old. Includes a weekly lesson and unlimited pool access for one caregiver to accompany the child.


Preschooler Child 3 to 5 years old. Includes a weekly lesson and unlimited pool access for one caregiver to accompany the child.


Child Child 5 to 16 years old. Includes a weekly lesson and unlimited pool access for the child.



  • Memberships are assigned per child; each child in your family needs to have their own membership.
  • Swimsmart school holiday programmes are not included in the membership but can be purchased in addition to your membership.
  • Before joining Swimsmart a five to 10-minute swim assessment will be completed to ensure your child begins swimming at the correct level. 
  • A swim assessment is not required for pre-schoolers. 
  • Grading will occur on an ongoing basis so your child progresses through levels as soon as they are ready.
  • Community service cardholders are entitled to a 25% discount on all Swimsmart memberships on presentation of a valid community services card. 

Individual and shared lessons

Individual or shared lessons may be booked on the same basis as a Flexi or Fixed-term membership, with the following prices applicable:

  • Individual lesson: $26.00 per week (15-minute sessions)
  • Shared lesson: $17.50 per week (15-minute sessions)

For enquiries call 03 377 7690 or email swimsmart@ccc.govt.nz.

Managing your Swimsmart membership

Flexi members

You can freeze your Flexi Swimsmart membership for a minimum period of two weeks and a maximum period of four weeks per freeze, not exceeding eight weeks in total over a 12-month period, by completing a membership freeze form.

Flexi memberships can be cancelled after 3 months of active membership. You will need to complete a membership withdrawal form available from at any Recreation and Sport Centre.

Fixed-term members

Fixed-term members paying in bulk will not be able to freeze, with the exception of medical reasons if a medical certificate is supplied. Fixed-term memberships can only be cancelled if you are moving outside of the greater Christchurch area (proof required).

Full Swimsmart membership terms and conditions.