Lifejacket Loan Scheme

Ridgeview School PG

If you’re looking to extend your current aquatic education programme or are running In At The Deep End (where all practical skills are completed in deep water wearing a lifejacket) we have a supply of lifejackets available. These are available at no charge, however a bond (refundable) is applicable to those not being hired for In At The Deep End. Please complete and send us the Lifejacket Request Form (Related Files) to check availability.

Please Note:

  • The lifejackets are in high demand and subject to availability. Please ensure you submit your request well in advance.
  • All lifejackets are approved to NZ Standards. Please take note of the following specifications when calculating what sizes you require, i.e. weight – Child Small (12-25kg), Child Medium (22-40kg),  Adult Sm/Med/Lge (40kg+).

Here is an example of how the scheme has benefited one school 

We used the lifejackets to:

  • Familiarize students with lifejackets
  • Show students how to fit them correctly
  • Teach students how they work as flotation devices by using them with students in the school pool
  • Give students practical experience of different ways to group for warmth if they were stranded at sea
  • Practice swimming / moving in the water in ways that conserves energy
  • Make links between our swimming programme and how to be water safe in different environments (river / sea /lakes)

Teachers also used the resources from the [WAI] professional development session within class programmes to further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of staying water safe. As we are near two estuaries this information was extremely relevant for our school community. 

Dr Cherie Taylor-Patel 
Principal, Flanshaw Road School 

Lifejacket Skills

An Introduction to Aquatic Safety Activities for Years 1 to 6 is available from the Resources panel at right. Just click on the link to download the PDF. A range of lifejacket-themed Teacher Guides can also be found on the Lifejacket page in the Teacher Toolbox.

For your own convenience you might like to consider purchasing lifejackets or buoyancy aids for your school or swim school. Please contact kushida.rasheed@watersafe.org.nz to discuss your specific needs.