Twice a year YMCA Breakaway programme offers FREE opportunities for youth aged 11-17 years to gain new skills, build new friendships and develop strong leadership within the community.

Breakaway offers FREE, fun activities and adventures to entertain our youth between 10-3pm each week day, excluding stats.

They will have the opportunity to :

  • Learn to surf
  • Gain Kayak skills
  • Play beach Volleyball, and other sports
  • Swim in a safe controlled environment
  • Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Daily BBQ


We have locations at

  • Olympic Pools
  • Midway Beach


January Holidays for 4 weeks

Easter Holidays for 2 weeks


Our YMCA Breakaway programme is a FREE programme,funded by Ministry of social development and supported through the YMCA Gisborne.


What do I need to bring

Being Sun Smart is extremely important so please bring a refillable drink bottle, sunscreen and hat each day regardless of the weather.

Swimming gear and a positive attitude are also important


You can register on site at each location by filling in the forms provided or click here to get your form first

Breakaway Programme Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering to be a leader in our Breakaway Youth Programme please email Cam McCreedy at for more details on this awesome opportunity.

Application packs available from Customer Services 150 Roebuck Road, Gisborne