Learn water safety, confidence and swimming skills

SwimWell offers year-round swimming lessons for children aged 5 months to 14 years — with a choice of four pools in Wellington.

If you are looking for adult classes, see: Swimming lessons for adults

A girl (Swim) and boy (Well) standing back to back in their togs.

Changes to payments 

As part of providing better services to you, we’re introducing an easy-to-use direct debit payment system.


Your child can join a class at any time — you don’t need to wait till a new term starts to sign up.

If you are an existing customer, you can view the class your child is booked into and pay online through our Recreation Bookings site.


We offer a range of classes for children aged 5 months to 14 years. Find out about our different levels and how our classes work.

We also have week-long intensive swimming clinics during the school holidays.

Tawa Pool is currently offering NZSL lessons to children who are Deaf or have hearing loss. Find out more

Pools & services

We offer classes at four indoor heated pools — see our full services in Johnsonville, Karori, Kilbirnie and Tawa. 

Your child can now swim unlimited at all of our pools for FREE while enrolled with SwimWell.

Some pools also have toddlers' pools, spas, and saunas.


Our prices per lesson start at just $10.80. Lessons run during school term-time, and terms range from 8 weeks to 11 weeks long.

How we teach

At SwimWell, we teach your child the skills they need to enjoy and stay safe in the water. They will also learn independence, perseverance, and pride in their achievements.

Related activities

SwimWell swimmers can go on to enjoy water sports like water polo and underwater hockey, and become athletes, swimming teachers and lifeguards.

Find a lesson

If you're new to SwimWell, we can help you set up an account — phone 04 801 4403 or email swimwell@wcc.govt.nz