Swim School / Learn-To-Swim Lessons

Our Learn-To-Swim Lessons are suitable for anyone from the age of 5 years old through to adult beginners and improvers. Younger children are also catered for, but are assessed on an individual basis and are often recommended to start with private tuition. Our classes cater for swimmers just starting to learn the basics through to mastering the four major strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

In order to provide structure, clarity and continuity to your progression, NZL Swim are delighted to be the only centre in New Zealand endorsed by the English Swimming Association and accredited to run the internationally renowned ASA Awards scheme, a programme developed to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water. With close to 2 million certificates and badges issued annually to children all over the world, the ASA Awards Scheme continues to be one of the most successful in world sport.

Lessons are scheduled to start right after school finishes on most weekday afternoons as well as weekend mornings.

Additional classes may be available upon request subjext to demand.

See Pool Schedule for times

Learn-To-Swim Levels

Beginners Level 1 (ASA Duckling Awards level 1+2) – 30 minute class

Beginners Level 2 (ASA Duckling Awards levels 3-5) – 30 minute class

Improvers Level 1 (ASA Stages 1+2) – 40 minutes’ class

Improvers Level 2 (ASA Stages 3+4) – 40 minutes’ class

Advanced Level 1 (ASA Stages 5+6) – 60 minutes’ class

Advanced Level 2 (ASA Stages 7+8) – 60 minutes’ class

Lesson Pricing

Beginner Levels 1 + 2

30 Minutes


Improver Levels 1 + 2

40 Minutes


Advanced Levels 1 + 2

1 hour



40 minutes


*= Fees will be multiplied by the number of weeks in the term to give a total cost payable in advance

See Pool Schedule for times

Beginners Level 1

(ASA Duckling Awards level 1+2) – 30 minute class

In this fun introductory class children will learn how to make a safe pool entry; Float on the back with adult support; Kick 2 metres on the back with adult support; Blow bubbles in the water; Wet the head and eventually submerge the head; Using a baby seat or buoyancy aid, rotate 180 degrees without assistance; Move 5 metres along the wall without assistance; Travel 3 metres using legs without assistance.

Beginners Level 2

(ASA Duckling Awards levels 3-5) – 30 minute class

With their improved confidence, swimmers will now learn to jump to an adult and progress to jumping in the water, turn around, swim back and hold the rail or side; Kick 5 metres with a float; Blow bubbles with the mouth underwater, then progress to completely submersed; Float without adult support; Travel 5 metres on the front; Show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to a partner; Rotate 360° horizontally or vertically; Show a mushroom or a star float; Travel without assistance 10 metres; Exit the water with assistance if required; Push and glide achieving a distance of 2 metres; Swim 5 metres using an over water arm recovery.

Improvers Level 1

(ASA Stages 1+2) – 40 minutes’ class

Teachers aim to develop swimmers’ basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Swimmers are still able to use aids to complete this stage. Areas covered include: Move forwards, backwards and sideways 5 metres; Regain an upright position from a back and front position with support; Push and glide from wall on back and front; Travel 5 meters on the back and front; Rotate from front to back and back to front to gain an upright position.

Improvers Level 2

(ASA Stages 3+4) – 40 minutes’ class

Pupils work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool; rotation skills will also be developed. Swimmers will focus on kicking techniques on all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy Areas covered include: Jump in & submerge; Sink, push from wall on side & hold a streamlined position; Push & glide on front, log roll onto back + on back, log roll onto front; Travel forwards, tuck to rotate & return on the back; Fully submerge to pick up an object; Travel 10 metres on the back & on the front; Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds; Kick 10 metres backstroke, 10 metres front crawl, 10 metres butterfly & 10 metres breaststroke; Perform head first sculling on the back; Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front + Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back; Swim 10 metres, any stroke.

Advanced Level 1

(ASA Stages 5+6) – 60 minutes’ class

Swimmers will focus on swimming all four strokes to regulation standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation. Topics covered include: Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back; Perform a feet-first sculling action for 5 metres; Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation; Tread water for 30 seconds; Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water; Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths; Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths; Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths; Swim 1 length choice stroke; Perform a handstand, forward somersault and surface dive.

Advanced Level 2

(ASA Stages 7+8*) – 60 minutes’ class

During this stage, swimmers will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming longer distances. They should be able to do the following: Swim 1 length backstroke, front crawl and breaststroke as well as 1 width butterfly; Perform a sequence of movements including: Sculling, Rotation, Somersault, Log roll; Floating on the front/back; Perform a sitting dive; Swim 2 lengths continuously & swim 3 lengths using three different strokes; Tread water; Complete an obstacle course with feet off the pool floor; Swim 400m continuously using one stroke; Kick 1 length backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, front crawl; Perform a lawful turn on backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl.

*Once ASA stage 7 is completed, swimmers may be given the opportunity to move to the Minnows squad and continue to work towards the completion of the stage 8 award.

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Contact David for more information

021 828 850


Northcote College Pool
5 Kauri Glen Rd

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