Most recreational centres have indoor swimming pools and ice rinks. These facilities can be enjoyed by people of all ages and genres.
Centres which are equipped with indoor swimming pools offer many activities. These activities may include:
- Public swim dates and times
- Swimming lessons
- Life-Saving courses
- Public party rentals
Many recreational facilities offer public swimming. These are specified dates and times the pool is open to the public for swimming. Quite often there is a fee associated with public swimming. However, some membership facilities may include public swimming in their annual fee. Swimming is a great exercise for people of all ages. It helps build muscle, endurance and can greatly improve the cardiovascular system.
Jump learn to swim programmes and lessons in New Zealand encompass instructional classes with children as early as 3 months. Programs include:
- Swimming Babies Program – Ages 3 months to 3 years
- Independent Swimmers Program – Turtle, Octopus and Crab
- Stroke Development Program – Frog, Stingray and Marlin
Centres which have indoor ice rinks offer many skating programs and ice sports. Some of these include:
- Hockey skills
- Goalie skills
- Figure skating
- Freestyle skating
- Public skating
- Speed skating
- Ice dancing
In many of the centres, ice skating lessons begin with children as young as 2 years of age. Toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4 learn to skate with an experienced coach as well as their parents. Tots ages 3-5 learn to skate without their parents with experienced coaches. Skating lessons are available for children and adults from Level 1 to Level 8. There are also other types of skating lessons aside from the basic skating lessons such as figure skating, speed skating and ice dancing.
Hockey is the most common sport in recreational ice rinks. Boys, girls, men and women are all offered various hockey programmes.