Twice a year YMCA Breakaway programme offers opportunities for youth aged 11-17years 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
  • Swim in a safe controlled environment
  • Take on Rere Rockslide

BBQ is provided at each location




We have locations at

  • Olympic Pools
  • Midway Beach


January and Easter Holidays for 2 weeks each time


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

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


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