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For primary school children, Water Skills for Life is the essential beginning of life-long water safety.

 

Currently a pilot in Tauranga, Water Skills for Life Plus is an extension to the foundation programme.

 

An extension to Water Skills for Life with in-depth learning about beach and rocky foreshore water safety.

 

Three water safety programmes teachers should know about

  1. Water Skills for Life - the foundation programme being taught in the classroom, school pool or local aquatic centre.
  2. Water Skills for Life Plus - the extension to the foundation programme being piloted in ten Tauranga primary schools.
  3. 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.

Water Skills for Life

Water safety and Water Skills for Life is an integral part of a child’s learning through the Health & PE Curriculum. If your school has a pool, then Swimming New Zealand educators are available to training teachers to deliver Water Skills for Life. The programme comprises classroom learning about water safety and awareness and pool skills training. Water Skills for Life is easy to teach and the students love it. Learn more about Water Skills for Life here.

Water Skills for Life Plus

Anne McLeod, owner/founder of McLeod Group and Water Safety New Zealand have partnered to introduce a pilot extension water safety programme into some primary schools in Tauranga. This programme emphasises the importance of students learning water safety skills alongside stroke and distance focused swimming skills and provides opportunities for students to learn boating, beach, river and cold open water safety.

Water Skills for Life Beach

To make Water Skills for Life truly effective to ensure a generational improvement in children’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around water, we are embedding Water Skills For Life into authentic environmental education to make water safety skills training reflective of real-life experiences. Water Skills For Life Beach  incorporates all the learnings from the foundation programme with in-depth learning around beach and rocky foreshore recreation and water safety. The programme has various learning components which can be experienced in the classroom, on field trips to the beach (dryland), pool/wave pool and in, on and around the water at the beach.

 
 

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Children learn these skills with Water Skills For Life

Click on each link to read about what's involved with each activity.

Water safety and awareness skills
  • Recognise an emergency for yourself or others. Know who to call for help and how
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks around the home, farm and around pools
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risk in natural environments such as at the beach, offshore, river or lake.
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for water activities such as swimming, water sports and boating
  • Know how and why t make safe decisions for yourself and others
  • Know how to recognise hypothermia and how to treat it
Getting in and out of the water
  • Get in and out of the water safely in any environment.
  • Perform this sequence with a buddy watching: check the depth of the water, check that the area is safe, jump into deep water, float on back for 1 minute to control breathing, return to edge and exit
Going under the water - Submersion
  • Get under water, open eyes and control breathing
  • Pick up an object from under the water
  • Dive from a horizontal position in the water and move underwater for a slow count to five
Floating on the water - Personal Buoyancy
  • Float, then regain feet
  • Control breathing while floating on back for at least 1 minute
  • Scull head-first and/or scull feet first for at least 3 minutes
  • Tread water for at least 3 minutes in deep water
  • Perform this sequence in deep water: correctly fit a lifejacket then tread water, scull, float or a mixture for 3 minutes while controlling breathing. Then return to edge and get out of the water
  • Perform this sequence for five minutes: signal for help while treading water, sculling, floating, or a mixture, and while controlling breathing
Rolling and turning in the water - Orientation
  • Horizontal rotation (front to back and back to front)
  • Horizontal to vertical rotation and vice versa (front or back to upright and return)
  • Vertical rotation (half rotation and full rotation) around the body’s vertical axis
What to do in an emergency - Safety of self and others
  • Float and signal for help with and without a flotation aid
  • Do a reach rescue and a throw rescue with a buddy
  • Perform this sequence: correctly fit a lifejacket, do a step entry into deep water, float in the H.E.L.P. position, then with a couple of buddies or a group form a huddle, return to edge and get out
Moving through the water - Propulsion
  • Move 15m non-stop, using any form of propulsion
  • Move through the water environments of all kinds (currents, waves, depth – in situ or simulated)
  • Move 50m and/or 3 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture
  • Move 100m and/or 5 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture

 

 

Click here for the directory to contact a Water Skills for Life instructor.

 

Background Information

This Water Skills for Life background document provides information about why the programme was developed, what the programme is about and expectations for life long water safety.

 

 
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