Learn to Swim


Southland Swim School offers quality learn to swim lessons at the makerewa school pool. The pool temperature remains 32 degrees year round.

We operate in terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ,Thursday Friday after school  and Saturday morning.

We pride ourselves on creating a fun positive learning environment where every child is made to feel special ,while learning to swim and getting ready to move into our swim academy at splash palace.

With over 30 years of experience between our teachers in the water, a real passion for swimming and inspiring young people you can rest assured your young ones are in good hands.

Makarewa Lessons  

$120.00 per child for 10 x 25 minute lessons.

Please note:
Our dolphins group at Makarewa cost $130.00 for 10 x 45 minute lessons.




Crabs – First Time Swimmers


Key focus:

  1. Learning to be independant in the water
  2. Experiencing breath control
  3. Put head under the water happily

Ratio 1:4

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Seals – Swimmers who are learning to submerge


Key Focus:

  1. Submerge underwater and pick up objects
  2. Float comfortably assisted front and back
  3. Breath control

Ratio 1:4

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Guppys – Swimmers who are learning to float unassisted front and back


Key Focus:

  1. Submerge confidently and can collect objects from the bottom
  2. Floating front & back without assistance
  3. An introduction to kicking
  4. Breath control

Ratio 1:4

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Turtles – Swimmers who are learning to kick front and back


Key Focus:

  1. Can demonstrate free and back armstrokes
  2. Push and glide in a streamline front and back
  3. Free and back kick strongly for 20m or further

Ratio 1:5

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Stingrays – Swimmers who are learning arm strokes front and back


Key Focus:

  1. Kick free and back  strongly 40m or further
  2. Smooth continuous 6 freestyle and
  3. Smooth and continuous 10 backstroke strokes
  4. Push and glide in a streamline front and back 3m
  5. 40 m kick strongly with a board rolling and breathing

Ratio 1:6

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Crocodiles – Swimmers who are learning freestyle arm strokes and breathing


Key Focus:

  1. Freestyle and backstroke kick 60m strongly
  2. 20m continuous freestyle with breathing every 2 and correct breathing action
  3. 20m continous backstroke with straight arms and a strong kick
  4. Push & glide front and back in a streamline
  5. An introduction to breastroke kick

Ratio 1:6

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Dolphins – Swimmers who are getting ready to move into the main pool


Key Focus:

  1. 80m strong freestyle and backstroke kick
  2. 60m of  smooth continuous backstroke
  3. 60m of freestyle arm action with breathing every 2 with correct breathing
  4. Demonstrate a concept of breastroke kick on back or front
  5.  Push and glide in a streamline front and back 5m

Ratio 1:6 and 45 minute classes.

Swimmers are getting ready for our barracudas squad in our swim academy at splash palace.And must do a minimum of 3 terms in this group .

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Free Mothers / Dads & Toddler Classes


Key Focus: Water familiarisation and confidence

In terms 1 and 4 we run a free mothers and toddler classes at Makarewa from 9.00-9.20am. Children must be one to two and half years old , and parents are required to get in the water.

Once your child is 2.5 they are ready to move into our crabs group.

Ratio 1:8

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