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The start of something extraordinary

About Swimming New Zealand

Swimming New Zealand is the National Sports Organisation (NSO) for competitive pool and open water swimming in New Zealand. Through its membership of Aquatics New Zealand, New Zealand is affiliated to the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) and the NZ Olympic Committee (NZOC). Swimming New Zealand also has an active role in the promotion of water safety, learn to swim, education and certification of swimming instructors and swim schools. Swimming New Zealand is a core member of Water Safety New Zealand.

Swimming is New Zealand’s second most popular recreational activity with 30.2 percent e.g. 1,000,000 New Zealanders choosing swimming as their preferred activity (Sport NZ 2013/14 Active New Zealand Survey). New Zealanders swim for a variety of reasons including sport, recreation, and health benefits.


To inspire enjoyment, excellence and pride in swimming by all New Zealanders.

The Mission

To grow and strengthen swimming by providing services to the members of Swimming New Zealand, supporters and the general public.

Swimming New Zealand provides advice and leadership to the New Zealand community on all matters pertaining to swimming. Our activities can be separated into three specific areas:



From Learn to Swim through to High Performance education programmes - find out more in the Education section of this site.

Competitive Swimming

For those who swim for enjoyment, for the personal challenge or for the health benefits - find out more about clubs in your area by using the find a club tool.

High Performance

The sharp end of swimming - where our best athletes compete and take on the world - find out more in the High Performance section of this site.

Swimming New Zealand is affiliated to the international body FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) based in Lausanne, Switzerland. FINA also represents diving, synchronised swimming, water polo and masters swimming.