SwimWright teaches children from three years and older to pre-competitive level, at Wilford School pool in Petone, seven days a week during term time. 

Weekday preschool lessons are held at midday (and from 11am on Wednesday), and weekday school age classes start at 3.30pm.  On Saturday and Sunday there are both preschool and school age lessons.

We run one lesson in the pool at a time. The water is 33 to 34 degrees.  Hamish maintains the water quality; besides a  knowledge of swim teaching, he has many years' experience running pools, and holds internationally recognised water treatment qualifications.

There are no lessons in school holidays.

You can read more about  the skill levels here. Once your child reaches the 45-minute Advanced Improver 3 grade they're ready to move on to competitive squads and clubs if they want, and they're strong enough swimmers to take on any aquatic sport such as water polo or underwater hockey. 

We do not offer private lessons.​​

The cost for all classes is $165 for a ten week term.

Returning swimmer from past terms?  Let us know half way through the term before the one you want to enrol in. That way we have time to look for a place before we offer them to new people.


Our teachers


Owner and head teacher.


Well known waterpolo identity.


Degree in physical education.

The swimWright programme

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We'd love to take your child into Martina, Lucy, and Hamish's care right now, so they can feel the confidence that comes from quick progress, and benefit by applying that confidence in other areas of their life.

However, the fact is that our wait list has grown too long to manage. In the case of Preschool 1, the times available to run preschool lessons is very limited, and the wait may reach in to Term 4.

Therefore we have reluctantly closed our wait list to new enquiries.  

We apologise for any disappointment.

If you are already on the wait list and your child has been assessed, we can't estimate how long the wait might be, but we will contact you as soon as there's a place available for your child.


Empowering children to go beyond the edge of what they think they can achieve


Preschool 1

is where children learn to float independently on their back and tummy ...



water confidence, front and back float, basic propulsion ...


stroking and kicking, rhythmic breathing drills for freestyle ...

Breather and Improver

developing and practising freestyle drills ...

Advanced Improver

developing freestyle, backstroke and butterfly style and stamina ...