Prices up at Aquatic Centre

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn Aquatic Centre admission prices are set to rise on February 1 after the council’s annual pricing review recommended the increase — just the second time since the centre opened in June 2013. The last increase was on January 1, 2016.

Aquatic facilities manager Kathy Moore says the centre’s prices have been well researched during the annual review and took into consideration increasing annual costs such as electricity, staffing, pool chemicals and maintenance.

“The new pricing is in line with other similar facilities in Canterbury and will enable the centre to reach its annual revenue target, which aims to achieve a 50/50 cost recovery result with user pays and rates subsidy,” Ms Moore says.

The pricing review considered charges at facilities including the Christchurch City Council pools (Jellie Park, Graham Condon and Pioneer), the Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre in Timaru, the EA Networks Centre in Ashburton and Dudley Pool in Rangiora. The Learn to Swim and Swim School charges were evaluated by comparison with privately run Kings Swim School in Sockburn.

The adult fee is increasing from $5.50 to $6, while the cost for a child to swim will increase from $3.20 to $3.50. Students will pay $5, up from $4.50. Swim School lessons will cost $11 for preschoolers and $12 for school-aged children. Family group, memberships and concession card pricing have also increased across the board. All Aqua Fitness classes will be set at a flat $9 cost for casuals. Holders of Gold Card and Community Services cards receive discounted fees.

The new Swim School class prices will commence from Monday, January 29, which is the start date for Term 1 classes. The remainder of the increases will take effect from Thursday, February 1.