Open Development

Peter Yates  021 0229 2054

Mission: “To cultivate character, leadership, and life skills through swimming excellence.” We aim to achieve the coaches’ mission using a strong focus on developing skills and behaviors that support self-improvement


The lead coach for the Open Development squad is Peter Yates. Swimmers will be members of HPK Swim Club aged 14 years and older.


Key Goals (Train to Compete)

The key goal of this group is to perform well at Division II National Championships and National Age Groups. There will be further development and mastery of skills with a predominant emphasis on short and middle distance events. Athletes can expect this group to be a significant step up in terms of training intensity and focus for all swimmers coming from the development programs. Athletes will touch on more advanced physical, technical & tactical skills. Skills of autonomy and independence in training and competition are introduced.  



Weeknights 5:45-8:00pm and Saturday 8:30-11am Pakuranga College. Also we have Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5:45-7:30am at Howick Intermediate Swimmers will do a minimum of 4 sessions per week (up to 8 per week if they are aiming to graduate to the Performance stream). Strength and conditioning is included in your fees and run by our specialist S&C team of coaches and interns. One land training per week is strongly recommended.


The Facility

Pakuranga College is an outdoor pool that is heated all year round. Swimmers need to come prepared for adverse weather conditions, we do still swim if it rains! A warm coat for immediately following training and having something to eat immediately after training will help. Another tip is to use a large plastic bag to line your bag to ensure you have dry clothes.




Car Parking & Access

Access is on Pigeon Mountain Road. Swimmers & parents are unable to use the school car park between the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm. Between these hours parents will need to park on the roadside or drop their kids at the gate on Pigeon Mountain road. Parents are not permitted to use the driveway. Swimmers under the age of 9 yrs must be accompanied & collected from poolside.

To access the pool (red box) from the car park (yellow box), walk along the main road to the rear gate and down the driveway where you will be able to see the pool. Prior to 7:30am and after 4:30pm the school car park (yellow box) can be used.