Swimming is a great way to cool off when it’s hot — and a popular choice for people who want to stay in shape all year round. This page lists resources about water safety, events, learn-to-swim classes and more.

A group of young bathers in bathing costumes [16 Dec. 1918]
A group of young bathers at Sumner beach  [16 Dec. 1918], CCL PhotoCD 14 IMG0056

Water safety

Water safety is a big issue in New Zealand and Christchurch has opportunities for all ages to learn to swim and how to stay safe in the water.

Water Safety New Zealand has great information on the Water Skills for Life programme.

Beach safety tips and information from Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Learn-to-swim information

Swimming classes
Search the CINCH directory.
Christchurch City Council: learn to swim
Classes at CCC facilities

Swimming resources

Online resources

Internet Gateway links

Cover of Swimming games and activitiesResources in our libraries

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