Water Safety Education for Secondary School Teachers

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 14 June 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9v9e

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
  • Beach safety
  • Safer boating
  • Aquatic education in the curriculum, including NCEA
  • e-Learning.

What you will need:

  • Computer or device that can connect to the internet
  • Togs
  • Towel
  • Wetsuits can be provided.

($5 Koha)

Events summary


22 November 2019 – 22 November 2019

Further information

Contact: Sarah Lodge

 (09) 306 0809