School pools and swimming lessons

The New Zealand curriculum specifies that all children should get the opportunity, through school, to learn basic aquatic skills by the end of year six.

Whether schools provide that opportunity in their own school pool, at a neighbouring school pool, or a community facility is up to them.

Many schools choose to use community pools because they operate year round and provide access to trained instructors. School pools tend to be outdoors, colder, and open for only a few months a year. They are also expensive to build and maintain.

For these reasons we do not fund pools in new schools or fund the replacement of pools at the end of their economic life.

You can find more information about our policy on swimming pools and a list of schools that have pools here (external link) . 

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