Ridgeview School PG

If you’re looking to extend your current aquatic education programme we have a supply of lifejackets available, free of charge. In the six months July to December 2017 20 schools, 46 educational institutions / organisations accessed the scheme, generating 12,042 lifejacket experiences. If you would like to access the scheme please complete and send us the Lifejacket Request Form (Related Files). 

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. 


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 [DPA] 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