Water Safety New Zealand
Aquatic education resources for primary shool and kura teachers
UPDATED: 6 February 2022
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For our primary school children, Water Skills for Life is the essential beginning of life-long learning. Water Skills for Life can be taught by any teacher in a school pool and classroom.
The foundation programme being taught in the classroom, school pool or local aquatic centres.
Introduction to tools and resources for teachers
Water Skills for Life can be taught by any teacher in a school pool and classroom.
Water safety and awareness
Children learn water awareness, how to behave in water and to respect it.
Getting in and out of the water
Children learn to safely enter and exit water in any environment.
Going under the water - Submersion
Children learn to perform underwater skills and control their breathing.
Floating on the water - Personal Buoyancy
Children learn buoyancy skills, breathing and how to regain their feet.
Rolling and turning in the water
Children learn to be in confident control of rolling and turning movements.
What to do in an emergency - Safety of self and others
Children learn to help themselves when in an emergency and how to help others.
Moving through the water - Propulsion
Swimming skills are one thing but moving in water is also about how to stay safe.
Lesson Plans in four levels
Select a level and access the lessons and teacher resources here.
WATER SKILLS FOR LIFE PLUS
The extension to the foundation programme being piloted in ten Tauranga primary schools.
WATER SKILLS FOR LIFE BEACH
The extension to the foundation programme and focused on beach safety being piloted in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Dunedin.