Pam at Kings Swim School Christchurch
Kings Swim School - Preparation for Zones swimming champs

About Us

Kings Swim School was founded by Todd Mason and Pam Berry-Mason in 1993 and is one of the most highly regarded privately run swim schools in Christchurch. 

Their passion for learning the life skill of swimming is evident from the number of years Todd has been involved in the sport and Pam’s years of service to the education sector.

Todd has been involved with swimming since 1977. He has been a National Age Group Coach and was one of the 2004 Athens Olympic Swim Team Coaches as well as the Swim Team Manager. Todd has been a “carded coach” through the NZ Academy of Sport, is a SNZ Level Three coach and holds numerous learn to swim certifications.

Pam has 24 years experience as a primary school teacher, ten of those years as an Assistant/Deputy Principal. She has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with a Diploma in Educational Management and a Certificate in Small Business. Pam and Todd are both active members of the NZ Swim Teachers and Coaches Association.

All of our staff members are carefully chosen. They are friendly, caring, dedicated, capable, patient and professional – they love working with children.

Our swim teachers and coaches are all trained in the Kings Swim School teaching programme and require a minimum of 20 supervised training hours before they are teaching classes solo

When you enrol at Kings, you’re not just paying for swimming lessons you are investing in your child being safer in, on and around water!

Originally located at 109 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, the school relocated to new custom built premises at 218 Main South Road in 2023.

You can find out more about our new pool facilities here.

The Kings Swim School Approach

Learning to swim is a process that should commence at the earliest possible age.

As with all education for young children, swimming is an ongoing learning programme that takes time and practice.

Like literacy and numeracy, it is an ongoing learning process…a skill for life, which is why Kings Swim School is known as the “school in the pool”.

Kings is proud of our carefully designed programme to transfer children more safely from land to water.

Our lessons operate continuously throughout the year, breaking over the Christmas and New Year period – which means you don’t have to wait for a new term to start, you can join the programme at any time!

Our structured teaching programme will take your child along a logical pathway that will ensure they gain greater confidence in being in, on and under the water.

They then progress to the learn to swim phases of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

Once they have mastered all the strokes, the opportunity exists to join our non competition Squad sessions, which can be a transition to the Vikings Club which is also based at our facility and coached by Todd.

Kings Swim School Christchurch