Learn to swim at The Y

Term 1 2024 bookings open!

Empowering Kiwis with water safety skills for life!

At The Y (formerly YMCA) Swim School, we believe there is no wrong age when it comes to learning an essential water safety skill; especially when you're living in New Zealand, where most of your quality family time is spent outdoors in and around water.

We are a swim school for all ages

  • Babies and toddlers can take part in lessons accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • School-aged kids can get splashing in classes with low student-to-teacher ratios
  • Adults can develop their skills with learn to swim group classes, or we also offer one-on-one tuition
  • Sign up for fitness or group squad classes to get on top of a particular stroke or train for your next big event

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

Why choose The Y Swim School?


The Y Swim School Programme in Auckland

YMCA Onehunga Pool

1 Park Gardens Lane, Onehunga

09 634 3748

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YMCA Lagoon Pool

29 Lagoon Dr, Panmure

09 570 9061

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YMCA Glen Innes Pool

122 Elstree Avenue, Glen Innes

09 527 3260

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YMCA Cameron Pool

53 Arundel Street, Mt Roskill, Auckland

09 624 6058

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Swim programmes for children

Baby swim classes

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.

Preschool swim classes

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.

School age swim classes

Whatever your child’s experience with swimming, The Y'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.

Skill Levels Overview
We offer a range of swimming lessons to suit different ages and abilities. Your child will progress through the program levels based on their ability. Take a look at the overview of program levels and the skills your child will learn at each stage.

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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