Free Swimming Lessons for
Babies Under 6 Months of Age

Babies aged 2-6 months | Water Babies 30 minute Lessons | Sponsored by Manuka Doctor

Quarter 1 = Week beginning Monday 21 January - Week Ending Sunday 28 April (due to lesson programming new babies cannot start after 17/02/19). 

Making a splash in swimming lessons with your baby is an exciting, enriching experience for everyone involved. There are heaps of reasons to get your baby into swimming lessons early. Thanks to our amazing sponsor, Manuka Doctor Skin Care there are even more! For babies under 6 months, at Northern Arena swimming lessons are FREE!

Our babies swimming programme helps babies to become confident in water. It’s also fantastic fun – games, songs and entertaining activities make every moment enjoyable. Each child has an adult partner in the water with them – a parent, family member or caregiver over the age of 16 years. You will learn to hold, move and submerge your child safely.

Northern Arena’s baby pool is nice and warm so that both you and your child remain comfortable throughout your lesson. The water in the babies pool is treated by ultraviolet light (similar to the way our drinking water is treated) meaning there are extremely low levels of chlorine which is much nicer on sensitive skin.

Babies can start lessons from 2 months of age. To be eligible for this incredible initiative, baby must be aged 2-6 months old. Lessons are only at Northern Arena, Silverdale, subject to availability.

Make your family safer in and around water by starting them on the path to learn to swim. Enjoy the amazing bonding experience of swimming lessons with your baby for FREE!


Huge thank you to Manuka Doctor Skin Care who make this initiative possible.

Joining The Swim School

The Northern Arena swimming classes run all year round (except over Christmas and New Year) and are 30 minutes in duration. The direct debit, perpetual booking system is designed to make your life as easy as possible – removing the need to rebook and ensures that your space and booking continually rolls over. To find out more about our swimming lessons see here.

Join the swim school in 2 easy steps: 


Pop in and see or call our reception team on 09 421 9700 to find a time and day which best suits you – subject to availability.


Please ensure you have read and understood the Northern Arena Swim School Term and Conditions before you complete a Northern Arena Swim School Direct Debit Authority Form – You can pay your fees from either a credit/debit card or a nominated bank account. Please complete a form below for your chosen option.

 Credit/Debit Card Authority Form

 Nominated Bank Account Authority Form


Where is Northern Arena?
Northern Arena is located in Silverdale at the top of the hill on the corner of The Hibiscus Coast Highway and Whangaparaoa Road next to the Silverdale Medical Centre. Our address is 8 Polarity Rise, Silverdale, Auckland.

How long are the lessons?
Lessons are 30 minutes.

How often are my lessons?
You are enrolled for 1 lesson per week on the same day and time each week.

How do I prepare for my first lesson?
Check out this link and video to find out everything you need to know for your first lesson.

What does my baby wear?
Please ensure your child has tight-legged swim wear to minimise accidents in the pool. Great brands are Huggies Little Swimmers or Speedo reusable swim nappies, both available at reception. Caps and goggles are not compulsory for babies, however caps are compulsory in pre-school lessons and we also recommend goggles. For this reason, we suggest Super Tots start getting used to wearing caps and goggles.

Where do I buy Swim Nappies?
You can get them at Northern Arena. Please see our friendly reception team for help.

What do I wear?
Swim togs is all you will need! If you do not have any, please see our Speedo shop located by reception to get yourself sorted.

Do I need to wear a swim cap?
No you don’t. Neither you nor your baby requires a swim cap for parent and child lessons.

Am I in the water with my child?
Yes, every parent and child lesson requires a parent/caregiver over the age of 16yrs to be in the water. So bring your togs and towel as well.

Do you have changing and shower facilities?
Yes. There are three family change rooms which all include a shower, toilet and a nappy change table. There are also six additional nappy change tables in each of the male and female change rooms. Extra showers are on deck and extra toilets are identified by the tap symbol.

If I can’t get in the water one week can another person take my place?
The lessons teach the caregiver as well as the child, therefore it is important that there is consistency of caregiver in the water. It is best if the same caregiver gets in the pool each week however, if necessary, this role could be shared by two people. All caregivers must be at least 16 years of age.

Can both parents attend the lesson?
Only one parent/caregiver will be in the water with your child, but family and friends are able to watch from the pool side.

What do I do if my child is sick or I miss a lesson?
If you are unable to attend a lesson please let us know by either calling us on 09 421 9700 or via this simple form. If you do not attend for more than 2 weeks in a row and do not let us know we will remove you from the programme and fill your vital space.

Can I do more than 1 lesson a week?
Yes, this can be arranged at reception (subject to availability).

Can I take photos?
Yes you can. Please take care and be aware when photographing your child, as some other parents may not want their children in any photographs.
What do I do with my pushchair?
Please park pushchairs in a space where there is no seating next to the pool where you will be swimming. Please do not block the deck, emergency exits or the seating area.

Further Reading

Griffin University Early Childhood Swimming >> Babies water safety songs>>

The Cognitive Benefits of Baby Swimming Lessons
The Cognitive Benefits
of Baby Swimming Lessons >>
10 reasons why your baby should learn to swim
10 reasons why your baby
should learn to swim >>

The Social Benefits of Baby Swimming Lessons
The Social Benefits of Baby
Swimming Lessons >>
The Emotional Benefits of Baby Swimming Lessons
The Emotional Benefits of
Baby Swimming Lessons >>

The Physical Benefits of Baby Swimming Lessons
The Physical Benefits of Baby
Swimming Lessons >>
The Safety Benefits of Baby Swimming Lessons
The Safety Benefits of Baby
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“The facility is brilliant. I had rugged my baby up for our first class thinking that it would be cold afterwards but the temperature of the water and surrounding area is always nice and warm.” S. Brockbank

“I just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying the facilities at Northern Arena. It is a superb facility and I really appreciate the thought gone into making it user friendly, especially with regard to the baby changing facilities. Our daughter loves swimming every week and has been doing so since she was 5 months old and we don’t want to stop anytime soon. It has helped her development, co-ordination and social skills greatly and she looks forward to swimming each week."

R. Sunderland

“I think the swimming lessons are so great! I am 35 weeks pregnant so each time a family member like my partner, sister and mom get to go in the water with my son, its just so lovely for us all to be able to experience these special moments watching him have so much fun in the water and us learn all the different ways to hold him and things to do with him in the pool. I am so grateful to have had the chance to be able to be involved in this!"
L. Turton

“My 12 month old daughter was lucky enough to be one of the babies signed up for the free swimming lessons (thank you Manuka Dr). I just wanted to let you know that I think you have a fabulous facility, fab friendly staff and I can’t speak highly enough of our swimming instructor Tanya. My daughter lights up as soon as we walk through the main door. Thanks so much.”

“So we had our first swimming lesson today at the Northern Arena it was FAB! My 1 year old enjoyed it immensly and we are so pleased to have been given the opportunity for those free lessons. The staff are friendly and helpful, the swim teacher gentle and skilled. Will be signing up again next term!”

“When our babies hit 4 months we got our coffee group together for a babies swim class at northern arena. The great thing is as well as the babies loving it, we mummies get to enjoy a nice coffee and catch up after. Our son really enjoys his bath times now and we get a nice sleep out of him after swimming.”
A. Clifford

“Once again amazing customer service, nothing is too much trouble and I could even feel the smile over the phone. You guys truly are wonderful. Cheers.”
S. Bennett

“I just wanted to let you know how fantastic we think our advanced water babies swim teacher is… We have been lucky enough to have her for a second term this year. She has such a warm personality, a great sense of humor and clearly a very strong passion for what she does. My biggest challenge at swimming is convincing my daughter to stop watching her and focus on me! I particularly like how adaptable she is, if we all start doing the wrong thing, she just goes with the flow and mixes the programme up. Quite a skill to deal with a pool full of women with baby brain! I know that the other Mum’s in our group think she’s great too.”
L. McTeigue

CLICK HERE to get in touch

Give us a call on 094219700 or simply complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. To get a feel for Northern Arena take a video tour or pop in and see us on the corner of Whangaparaoa Road and the Hibiscus Coast Highway. We’d love to show you around and answer any questions.

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Terms and Conditions

Limited spaces available, subject to availability. Each baby aged 2 months to 6 months (at time of lesson) is eligible for 1 free babies swimming lesson per week at Northern Arena, Silverdale. Age verification may be requested. The promoter is Northern Arena in conjunction with Manuka Doctor. Manuka Doctor has no responsibility for the general running of babies lessons. Not valid with any other offers or promotions. Not exchangeable for cash or transferable. Lessons cannot be booked after week 4 of a quarter (term) due to lesson planning requirements. You must advise us if you cannot attend any class. If you fail to attend 2 classes in a row without notice you will automatically lose your place and may lose your $10 deposit. Northern Arena retains the right to reject entry for reasons deemed necessary. You must abide by the house rules and swimming terms and conditions. To enrol you must: secure your booking with a refundable deposit of $10 for your access card. Your deposit will either be credited to your swim school account or refunded in full when your child reaches 6 months of age. Unfortunately there will be no sickness or injury makeups available during your free period. Your information will be collected for administration purposes and added to our database where from time to time we will send you information and promotions by northern arena. You will have the opportunity to unsubscribe from this service via an unsubscribe link. For our full privacy policy see: Only at Northern Arena, 8 Polarity Rise, Silverdale, Auckland, New Zealand.

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