Learn to Swim Classes

Swim Waipa is a term based swim school running lessons six days a week at the Livingstone Aquatic Centre. We offer a wide-range of innovative and enjoyable learn to swim and water safety programmes for people of all ages and abilities. If you're interested in enrolling into one of our swim classes or to book a free, no obligation learn to swim assessment, please call the Te Awamutu Events Centre on (07) 871 2080 to talk to one of our Swim Waipa team.

Gold Quality Swim School

Swim Waipa were delighted to be awarded with a Gold Quality Swim School Accreditation by Swimming New Zealand in 2017.


Come along and enjoy special time with your baby/toddler. The children learn that water is a supportive and fun environment through songs and games. The baby/toddler and pre-school classes are scheduled between 9.00am and 12.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We require a parent or caregiver over the age of 16 years, in the water with the Baby/Toddler in approved swimwear. Ratio – 1:6 Cost: $13.00/30 minute lesson.


(3-5 years)
In these classes the children learn enjoyment of the water, safe entries, floating unaided on their front and back as well as movement through the water using paddling arms and kicking. Classes run Monday – Thursday mornings from 9.00am till 12.30pm with limited classes available on Saturdays. Ratio – 1:4 Cost: $13.00/30 minute lesson

School Age

Classes start for children who are unable to float right through to children learning to roll and breathe and then swimming up to 15m. The school aged and some pre-school classes are held after school from 3.30pm – 6.30pm and Saturday mornings from 9.00am - 12.00pm. The children are assessed and placed in classes with others of similar ability. Lessons are held in the learners/hydrotherapy pool with a ratio – 1:4 Cost: $13.00/30 minute lesson

Main Pool Swimming

These lessons combine the end of Learn-to-Swim with the beginning of squad levels. They also incorporate those older children who are just learning to swim. Classes cater for children with a good basic level of swimming ability through to children wanting to improve their water safety skills and/or cross train for other sports such as water polo, surf lifesaving, kayaking, surfing and triathlons. Ratio up to 1:6. Cost varies depending on level and timeframe of lesson but is based on $13.00/ 30 minute lesson.


There are adult swim classes for beginners as well as those wanting to develop correct technique and fitness. Classes are limited and either held in the learners/hydro therapy pool or the main pool depending on level of class ability. Ratio 1:4 Cost $15.00/30 minute lesson.

Adult Swimfit

Adult Swimfit classes are for those wishing to take their swimming fitness to the next level and/or participate in open water swimming events. Classes are held every Wednesday during the school terms from 9.15am-10.00am with a focus on technique drills and stamina building swim sets. Swimmers need a good level of swimming fitness to complete the 1.5km - 2km sessions. Ratio 1:10 Cost $10/session. Pay on the day at reception.

Intensive Lessons

Swim Waipa also offer intensive lessons during the school holidays. These lessons are very popular and fill fast. They are a great way for your children to develop stamina as they are practicing daily rather than once a week and getting up in the morning and exercising. If you're interested in giving your child a boost to their swimming please don't hesitate to call us. Full payment of lessons are due at the time of booking.

Race Clinics

Race clinics are generally held throughout the holidays for school aged students who are looking to refine their techniques for starts, turns, and speed of stroke. Race clinics provide an ideal opportunity for swimmers to ready themselves for local and regional school swimming sports. Ratio 1:4 Cost $15/45 minute lesson.

Safe Boating

The Safe Boating Programme is an initiative designed to provide practical boating and water safety experience for school children and groups regardless of their confidence in the water. The programme includes in-water survival techniques, essential safety equipment (e.g. correct lifejacket selection and fitting), the importance of communication and taking responsibility for personal safety. Boating activities are taught in a fun, controlled and safe environment. Group classes are run by appointment.

For more information, call Swim Waipa at the Te Awamutu Events Centre on (07) 8712080.

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