Who We Are:
Little Makos is a Swim school delivering programmes for children aged 6 months - 14 years old. We are a community partnership between Berhampore School and Harbour City Waterpolo Club.
We run a variety of Learn to Swim programmes including:
Classes run from Monday - Sunday in term time (usually a 10 week term) - You select when your child can attend. Learn to Swim classes are aimed at all swimming abilities from the non-confident beginner through to the advanced swimmer who needs technique correction before moving to competitive swim squads.
Our dedicated staff are focused towards building confidence in the water and teaching your child to swim. All our staff have competed to national level in either Swimming or Water polo including some ex-national representatives.
Little Makos Swim School operates out of Berhampore School Aquatic Centre situated in Britomart Street, Berhampore in Wellington.
Our pool is a beautiful 17m long pool by 4.5m wide facility - The facility has a retractable roof so on those great summer days we are still able to have the feel of an outdoor pool but in winter we can be indoor. This is an ideal teaching facility as it is a quiet, sheltered pool heated to between 30 - 33 degrees celsius in summer and up to 33 degrees in winter.
There is also an adventure playground next to the pool that your child is allowed to play in after their lesson times.
How We Started (a brief history):
Little Makos Swim School is a community partnership between Berhampore School and Harbour City Water Polo Club. Harbour City Water Polo was concerned at the serious lack of Learn to Swim and Aquatic facilities in Wellington.
A disturbing trend has seen 22 school pools close in Wellington alone in the last 10 years. The statistics also speak for themselves - 10 years ago 25% of all children were attending an aquatic facility at least one time per week. Latest figures show that this number is now at only 11%. Harbour City Water Polo and Berhampore School decided to buck this trend.
The Berhampore School facility was empty and had not been used in 8 years - just another statistic. After two years of fundraising and community business support including major sponsors New Zealand Community Trust and Wellington City Council the pool has been reopened. $60,000 worth of work and equipments has reopened this facility with an additional $155000 spent upgrading the facility to an indoor one. To view all the sponsors and supporters of this project please click on the following link: Sponsors and Links
The underlying factor behind this project was ultimately if there are more children coming through the school system with a good level of swimming ability will develop not only the sports of swimming and water polo in Wellington but will go some way to decreasing the poor drowning statistics in New Zealand.
Our instructors and coaches are passionate about their sport and are well qualified to teach children to enjoy the water, have confidence in their survival abilities and ultimately SWIM!
Term four 2009 was the first swim season at the pool with over 200 swims over 6 weeks.