Water Safety Education for Secondary School Teachers
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
What you will need:
- Computer or device that can connect to the internet
- Wetsuits can be provided.
Contact: Sarah Lodge
(09) 306 0809