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FAQs

Q. Why should I or my child learn to swim?

A. New Zealand is an island nation. We are no more than 40 minutes to a beach, river, lake or stream. A lot of our recreational activities are water-based and being able to swim will ensure that you or your child can safely be part of the fun.

Q. When should I or my child stop swimming?

A. Water Safety NZ have recommended that every person in NZ should be able to confidently swim 200m continuously and competently. However swimming is an activity that needs continual practice. If you stop you may go backwards in fitness and technique.

Q. I am really fit – I run and bike a lot, why do I find it so hard to swim?

A. Swimming fitness is very different to land based activities. In the water you have to control your breathing and co-ordinate your limbs.

Q. Why is technique more important than distance?

A. We believe that technique at the early stages is VERY IMPORTANT! If a beginner swimmer swims one length poorly – without feed back they are learning bad habits. We stop swimmers so we can communicate with them and give them feedback on how to improve.

Q. We are going on holiday, can my child have a make up lesson?

A. We do not and cannot provide catch-up lessons for swimmers who choose to do other activities at their lesson time. We will however consider a credit missed through medical reasons; if three or more consecutive lessons are missed. A medical certificate is required. If your child is sick and you present us with a doctor’s certificate no later than 7 days from the certificate date, you may be eligible for a credit. Credits are not transferable.

Q. Why doesn't my child improve like others?

A. Simple. We are all different in all areas. You should never compare your child to other children as everyone has different learning and physical capabilities. Developmental stages must always be considered. Just like school...children are in different reading and math groups.

Q. What size are your classes?

  • Infant and Preschool 4-8 per class.
  • School Age have a maximum of 6 per class.

Q. Do you teach school group lessons?

A. Yes we do – we can send your school out an information pack. Please ask at the swim school office.

Q. Do I need to stay for my child's lesson?

A. No you don't if your child is over 8 years old. Parents of children under 8 years old need to supervise their child/children before and after lessons.

Q. What is the cost of lessons for children?

A. Programme fees are outlined in the Key Dates & Fees section of this website.

Q. Do you offer private lessons?

A. Yes we do – either for individuals or small groups. Contact the swim school on phone (03) 687 7721 or swim.school@cbaytimaru.co.nz

Q. Can I pay for classes on a weekly basis?

A. Sorry, no. Classes must be booked and paid for in full before your child’s place in a class can be secured. This ensures your child’s lessons are reserved and it enables us to provide quality tuition.