One fifth of New Zealand drowning deaths are youth aged 15-24 years. Evidence shows youth, especially males, are more likely to over-estimate their swimming and rescue competencies, confident youth are exposed to riskier aquatic environments, and despite greater exposure to water, are more likely to under-estimate the risk in open water. Schools have an opportunity to teach life-long water safety practices to their students, before or when they reach this vulnerable age group, to address drowning amongst our youth.
During the day:
Teachers will gain understanding, awareness and knowledge around aquatic education
Teachers will be provided with the tools needed to provide aquatic education to their students
It will involve a full day of hands on interactive PLD consisting of classroom and in water elements. Ideal for any staff who are involved with physical education, health, sports teams or EOTC
Includes developing water safety competencies for teachers and students
Access to DPA resources that will support aquatic education learning and teaching
Supporting teachers to implement aquatic education in the classroom and in the water with their class.
It will cover the following topics:
What drowning looks like
Safety for EOTC trips/ water activities – including identifying and managing risks
15 water competencies to be competent in water
Aquatic education in the curriculum, including NCEA
What you will need:
Computer or device that can connect to the internet