Facilities / Swimming Classes - "Swim & Survive"

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre Swim School believes children need more than just swimming skills to keep them safe from harm. The skills and knowledge learnt through the Swim and Survive program provides a level of protection and aims to provide children with solid foundation skills in swimming, survival and basic rescue.

Swimming Classes - "Swim & Survive"

Swimming Classes - "Swim & Survive" Features

Swimming Classes - "Swim & Survive"

With water safety and stroke development our main priorities, our students' success is driven by our qualified teachers who focus on providing an environment that enables students to fulfil their swimming potential.


Wonder is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 to 36 months. 

Wonder is a child-centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water. Parents are an integral part of their child's aquatic education by providing guidance and support through activities that provide for the development of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills. 

Wonder uses songs, games and activities to teach children a variety of skills including entries, floating, breathing and movement. 

Wonder has 3 awards that are arranged by age groups. Within each age group are two stages which allow for a stepping stone of progression, keeping the program challenging and rewarding.


Courage is the water confidence component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years.

Courage is fundamental to the development of basic foundation skills in swimming, survival and water safety, as is a positive attitude towards learning these essential skills.

Swim and Survive Courage guides children through fun and safe activities, gradually building upon their breathing, floating and movement skills; supporting and encouraging independence. The Courage program progresses from initial parental participation to children developing trust and learning through interacting independently with the teacher.

Courage has 5 awards for children to progress through as they build confidence and develop new skills.


Active is the Swimming and Water Safety component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 5 - 14 years. This component of Swim and Survive has been around for over 30 years. 

Active is used to emphasise that the skills learnt in the program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities. 

Swim and Survive Active is a broad and balanced program teaching a range of skills and knowledge to develop swimming, water safety, survival and basic rescue skills. With a vibrant look, and an increased focus on stroke development, Active encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment. 

Active has 3 developing awards and 7 core awards to progress through. The initial awards focus on development of foundation skills with the higher awards building on endurance.

Classes include: 

  • Babies (Under 3)
  • Preschool
  • School Age
  • Junior Prep Squads
  • Adults (14 years & above)
  • Private Lessons

Children wishing to extend their swimming and become a competitive swimmer, we are able to assist you and can provide you with contact details. 

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Swimming & Water Safety / Membership Suspension or Cancellation Form. 

Please complete and return to our centre or email completed form to: mountalbert@belgravialeisure.co.nz