WAI Survival

WAI Survival is an aquatic education / water safety resource for secondary teachers, structured to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and Health & Physical Education (HPE) at levels 4 and 5. It is a collection of aquatic safety skills and competencies designed to develop life skills, knowledge, safety attitudes and values in , on, under and near water. It can also be used for aquatic or community groups. 

The aim of WAI Survival is to a build water safety competence, developing a platform for safer participation in the future. To meet the learning needs of the students, teachers need to identify the critical water safety skill deficits such as poor skill development, lack of knowledge of the nature and variability of natural water, and how to prevent panic when things go wrong. It is designed to complement students in a ‘learn to swim’ programme, support those preparing for an aquatic EOTC experience or participating in an outdoor education programme. The practical component supports the classroom learning and is concerned with the development of water safety and survival skills.

It can be used to:

  • Develop ideas for planning units of work.
  • Develop a model that precedes, or is part of, the learning experiences at a camp that includes water activities.
  • As a HPE programme of work for students that develops their water safety and survival techniques, skills and knowledge.
  • Raise awareness of aquatic first aid, aquatic volunteer opportunities, clubs or career pathways.

WaterSafe Auckland offers free PLD for teachers, to support WAI Survival, each session tailored to meet the school’s needs whether or not they use school or community pools.  You can download a copy of WAI Survival from Related Files on this page, or if you would like to find out more about the resource and PLD opportunities contact Aquatic Educator Nicky Howes nicky.howes@watersafe.org.nz