What is SwimStart?

It is a nationally recognised Swimming NZ programme developed to train school teachers in methods for teaching swimming and personal survival.

  • The SwimStart programme is a sequential five-level learn to swim programme starting with water confidence and culminating at 50 m of breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle. Included in the programme are personal survival techniques, safe rescues  and the use of lifejackets.
  • SwimStart fulfils the achievement aims of the health and Physical Education curriculum.
  • SwimStart covers the principles of risk management in and around the aquatic environment.
  • SwimStart provides the tools to assist in the planning of an effective swimming programme.

Programmes & Aims

To provide a nationally recognised swim teaching professional development opportunity for school teachers

To educate and provide teachers and parent helpers with logical progressions for teaching swimming and water safety.

  • To improve the standard of instruction of swimming and water safety in New Zealand.
  • To provide a nationally recognised sequential learn to swim and personal survival programme.
  • To encourage New Zealanders to recognise swimming and personal survival skills as the basis for all aquatic education.

Need help with Staff Training?

  • Swimming NZ will conduct staff training in the SwimStart progamme.
  • This nationally recognised qualification consists of a 7 – hour theory and practical workshop (which can be split into two sessions to meet clients needs)

For further information, contact your Regional Education Manager.