Water Safety with The Y

As part of building strong kids, families and communities, the Y 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

The Y (formerly YMCA) supports 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

Surf Safety Camps

In 2022 the Y 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 at Sunset Beach, Port Waikato
  • Catering and self-catering options to support your budget
  • All activity equipment and activities provided

Modules include:

  • Learn to Surf Programme
  • Safe boating and marine safety equipment
  • Land-based Learn to Fish Programme
  • Surf Life Saving modules


Find your local Y Swim School


Onehunga Pool & Leisure Centre

Park Gardens, Onehunga,Auckland

09 634 3748

Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre

29 Lagoon Dr, Panmure, Auckland

09 570 9061

Glen Innes Pool & Leisure Centre

122 Elstree Ave, Point England, Auckland

09 527 3260

Cameron Pool & Leisure Centre

53 Arundel Street, Mt Roskill, Auckland

09 624 6058

Surf Safety Camps

Provided by YMCA Outdoors

Sunset Beach, Port Waikato

09 292 4886