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Participation & Competition

We take pride in providing opportunities for all New Zealander's to love the water. No matter whether you're planning on diving in with one of our clubs, celebrating participation and performance at our events. Or staying dry from the sidelines as a technical official. There's a pathway for everyone to reach their full potential. 

Events 2023

We're proud to offer a range of national level events to help everyone enjoy the water. For more information on local competitions make sure to visit your club or region website. 

Head of Participation & Events
Dale Johnson
Technical Official & Volunteer Development Lead
Carlrine Gillespie
Disability and Para Swimming Participation Manager
Cameron Leslie
Membership Services Manager
Amber Piggott

Participation Coordinator

Hannah Cartman

Participation & Event Coordinator

Tonya Osborne

Participation Team

The friendly faces on the other side of most of your emails. We're fortunate to have a passionate crew who deliver world class events, facilitate equal opportunities for anyone to enjoy the water and make sure that every member has a great experience. 

Disability Swimming

Learning to swim has a range of benefits such as improved health and fitness, increased confidence and pain relief for anyone with an impairment. It's great for people of all ages and it is never too late to learn.

Parents & Whanau

We're committed to creating positive sporting experiences for all young people, regardless of ability, needs and motivations through the Good Sports & Balance is Better programme. Helping young people stay involved in the sport for life and realising their potential at the right time. 

Technical Officials

Timekeepers, Inspector of Turns (IOT’s) & Starters etc are known as Technical Officials. These roles are filled by ordinary people just like you and me. Swimming competitions rely on Technical Officials to provide the support and technical information to help make the competition fair for all swimmers.

Find Your Local Club

Join a club to get immersed in Swimming culture. Spend time with friends, improve confidence and grow your swimming skills. Our clubs can facilitate everything from learning to swim through to elite level training and competition. Reach out to your local club to get started. 

14 - 15 JAN 2023

2023 Orangetheory EPIC Open Water Swim

Lake Taupo

14 - 15 JAN 2023

2023 Orangetheory New Zealand Open Water Championships

Lake Taupo

29 JAN 2023

All Stars Zonal Secondary School Open Water Champs

Oriental Bay, Wellington

7 MAY 2023


Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Champs

Mission Bay, Auckland

25 MAR 2023


Makos Zonal Secondary School Open Water Champs

Blue Lake, Rotorua

25 MAR 2023

NZ Secondary School
Open Water Champs

Blue Lake, Rotorua

1 - 5 APR 2023

2023 Apollo Projects New Zealand Championships

Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre

08 APR 2023

Aquaknights Zonal Secondary School Open Water Champs

Mount Maunganui

12 - 16 APR 2023

2023 Apollo Projects New Zealand Age Group Championships

Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre

16 - 20 MAY 2023

2023 Apollo Projects
Division II Competition

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

 25 - 27 MAY 2023

2023 New Zealand Masters Swimming Championships

Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre