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COVID-19 Level 2 Update

Great news, instructors can be in the water and close contact between teacher and student is allowed, physical distancing requirements do not apply to learn to swim classes.

This means that we can start all learn to swim classes will resume Monday 13 September.

However this does come with a few restrictions and this is what level 2 will look like for us:

  • Lesson groups will be classed as a “Bubble” and are to maintain a 2 metre physical distance from those not in their bubble.
  • All visitors over 12 must scan or use alternative system to sign into the facility (all swimmers entering the facility for lessons will be recorded by their instructors/coach)
  • Front entrance door will be used for entry only into the facility and to exit we will be asking everyone to use the side door pool side. (This will only be implemented during the afternoon lessons to ensure that you can maintain a 2 metre physical distance)
  • Parents/ Carers will be requested to wait outside the building. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis (i.e. supervision for those with additional needs and for all children under 8) then we request 1 parent/carer to be poolside.
  • All spectators are to maintain a 2 metre physical distance from those not in your bubble.
  • Due to building capacity and distancing guidance public swimming will not be permitted while the lesson programme is running.
  • We ask all swimmers to come ready in their togs.
  • No poolside showering.
  • Change/toilet facility will be made available but should be used for the toilet only, not changing or showering.
  • Please do not move arranged seating from marked zones.
  • All under 8s who may not have an adult in the building with them will have a staff member to help get them to their lessons.
  • Note: if you or child is displaying any symptoms of being unwell (e.g. snotty nose, coughing, sneezing etc) you may be refused entry.

Please note: Due to building capacity and distancing guidance public swimming will not be permitted while the lesson programme is running (3.00pm to 6.00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and 3.00pm till 6.30pm Monday and Thursday).

AquaFit will resume the morning of Wednesday 15 September at 8am. We are allowed 20 Max. You need to contact the pool in advance to book (06 870 0492).

Lessons take place at Flaxmere Pool and Clive War Memorial Pool.

Term dates: Term 3, 26 July -2 October (10 weeks); Term 4, 18 October - 18 December (9 weeks)

Term 4 new bookings: 4-10 October

New school age students will need to have a quick assessment of ability before lessons commence. To arrange please call either +64 6 879 7676 for Flaxmere Pool or +64 6 870 0492 for Clive War Memorial Pool, otherwise simply drop-in to either pool.

Parents/caregivers will need to visit the pool to enrol for lessons. A minimum deposit of $11.00 per student will be required at the time of assessment, with full payment due the end of week two unless prior arrangement with the Swim School. Students cannot be rolled over without full payment from previous term. Lessons are $11 per child, with terms typically 10 weeks in length. If your child misses three weeks or more of Learn to Swim classes, and a medical certificate is shown, we offer a credit. Please speak to a member of staff.


Upon booking your child for our Learn to Swim programme, we will assess what level they join.

Find out the levels your child will achieve through each stage of our programme.

Water babies

  • Minnows(6-14 months)
  • Frogs (12-24 months)
  • Seahorses (24-36 months)

Aged 3-5 years (pre-school)


  • Safe entry and exit
  • Take part in games
  • Full submersion with bubbles
  • Explores pool environment


  • Safe entry and exit
  • Float on back and front with help
  • Kicks on back and front with help


  • Safe entry and exit
  • Floats on back and front (no help)
  • Streamline glide and float on front
  • Kick on front and back with aid

Aged 5+ learners


  • Safe and confident entry and exit
  • Safe and confident water play
  • Exploration of pool environment
  • Full submersion and blowing bubbles
  • Starfish float front and back with aid


  • Starfish float on front (no help)
  • Starfish float on back with aid
  • Streamline glide on front
  • Kick front and back width of learner’s pool with board
  • Streamline kick holding body position


  • Streamline kick on front and back for width of learner’s pool
  • Starfish float on back (no help)
  • Freestyle and backstroke unassisted for 4 metres
  • Sculling on back (no kicking)Kick front and back length of learner’s pool (or equivalent) with board


  • Freestyle and backstroke unassisted (with basis of correct style)
  • Freestyle breathing assisted
  • Streamline kick front 5–10m
Streamline kick back 5-10m
  • Sculling on back (no kick)


  • Competent and consistent freestyle (25m)
  • Competent and consistent backstroke (25m)
  • Basic breastroke kick (15m)


  • Competent and consistent freestyle (25 metres)
  • Competent and consistent backstroke (25 metres)
  • Basic breast stroke kick (15 metres)
  • Streamline on back (25 metres)


  • 50 metres freestyle, with emphasis on good bodyline, style and competent breathing technique
  • 50 metres backstroke (good technique)
  • 50 metres streamline on back
  • 25 metres breaststroke kick
  • Streamline fly kick


  • 100 metres freestyle (good technique)
  • 100 metres backstroke (good technique)
  • 50 metres streamline kick on back
  • 25 metres breaststroke
  • Basic butterfly
  • Dive and streamline


  • Timed 200 metres freestyle (4:30)
  • 150 metres backstroke (good technique)
  • 75 metres streamline kick on back
  • 50 metres breaststroke
  • 25 metres butterfly
  • Dive and streamline
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Your learn to swim instructors are all either AUSTSWIM licenced or hold Swimming NZ instructor qualifications.

About learn to swim

The Aquatics Hastings Learn to Swim programme offers classes for pre-school and school-aged children at Clive War Memorial Pool and Swim Heretaunga Pool.

Classes are offered at a range of times with pre-school and water baby classes available during the day Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. Classes for school aged children are available.

Classes are run during the school term with breaks coinciding with the school holidays. Please note, lessons are not available on public holidays.

If your child is school-aged, we require them to be assessed as part of their initial registration. This is to ensure your child is placed in the best class for their current swimming ability.

Clive Pool also offers intensive Learn to Swim block courses and stroke technique clinics during most term breaks.

Adult Learn to Swim classes are offered either individually or in small groups at Clive Pool.

To secure your child’s place in our Learn to Swim programme contact Flaxmere Pool on phone +64 6 879 7676 or Clive Pool on phone +64 6 870 0492 or visit the pool during open hours.

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Clive Memorial Pool
  • +64 6 870 0492
  • +64 6 877 5544
  • +64 6 876 8338
  • +64 6 879 7676

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