Water Safety New Zealand
Drowning prevention resources for primary schools
UPDATED: 29 January 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.
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.