Water Skills For Life For Beach
Water Safety New Zealand is working with Surf Life Saving NZ, Swimming NZ, Surfing NZ and other partners, to develop a Water Skills for Life Beach education programme, targeting students in Year 3 – 8 at primary school. This may become the replacement for Surf’s Beach Education and Surf to Schools programmes and will become an extension to WSNZ's Water Skills for Life.
Research suggests that aquatic skills are developed faster and retained for longer, when they are experienced and learnt in natural environments. The new Water Skills for Life Beach programme will incorporate all the learnings from the foundation programme, Water Skills for Life with the added indepth learnings around Beach/rocky foreshore recreation and water safety.
The programme, as an extension to Water Skills for Life, will have various learning components which may be experienced in the classroom, on field trips to the beach (dryland), in a pool/wave pool and in, on and around the water at the beach. It will ideally be taught in school time and ultimately become part of the NZ Curriculum.
We are interested in receiving responses from water safety sector providers about what this programme could look like and how it could be delivered.
This new programme is likely to take into account a shorter delivery time, ie less than a full day (the current Beach Ed programme is a full day), be delivered in various locations/environments, and possibly across multi days, and may not necessarily need to involve students getting into the water at a beach (for health and safety purposes).
Thank you in advance for your feedback about what a new look Water Skills for Life Beach programme could look like. Your feedback will be collated into a spreadsheet and discussed among the working group comprising members of SLSNZ, WSNZ, Surfing NZ, Swimming NZ and AustSwim.
The working group is keen to have a pilot up and running before June 2021.