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Swimming New Zealand provide free teacher PD

Water Skills for Life can be taught by school teachers in the pool and classroom. Teacher professional development is available free to schools which have school pools, for Water Skills for Life teacher training and poolside support.

Training is provided by Swimming New Zealand which has a team of educators available to visit your school.

Training workshops are conducted in group sessions after school or at a time convenient to teachers and then Educators come and support teachers as they begin their training with their students. Workshops are minimum two hours duration.

 

Contacts

Head of Education and Water Safety

Davin Bray. Phone 021 681 503

Auckland Education Advisor

Moe Richardson. Phone 021 804 326

South Auckland Education Advisor

Danielle Strom. Phone 021 249 3939

Waikato Education Advisor

Wendy Smith. Phone 029 770 5252

National Aquatic Education and Water Safety Manager and Hawke’s Bay Advisor

Karen Dalldorf. Phone 021 649 998

Hawke’s Bay Advisor

Janette Murphy. Phone 027 788 1615

Bay of Plenty Education Advisor

Karen Dalldorf. Phone 021 649 998

Taranaki Education Advisor

Cecilie Elliott. Phone 021 278 2052

Wellington Education Advisor

Lauren McLellan. Phone 021 284 3297

Christchurch Education Advisor

Jackie Mander. Phone 027 240 9627  

 

 
 

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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

 

 

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