WaterSafe Auckland is pleased to support the Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan (GAAAP) with Professional Learning and Development for aquatic education. We have received a funding contract to deliver PLD, promote partner resources and programmes, and revise the Integrated Aquatic Pathway (IAP). Listed below are some of the aquatic education programmes and resources available to support GAAAP. Contact details are included or just click on the logo.


Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation
The Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan (GAAAP) is a collaborative project that coordinates professionally delivered swimming lessons to primary school children in the greater Auckland region, ensuring the development of fundamental swimming and water safety skills. GAAAP targets schools in decile 1 to 6, and children in years 3 to 6.

Contact: Jacqui Johnston | P 0275 484 614 | jacqui.johnston@aktive.org.nz

WaterSafe Auckland

WaterSafe Auckland (t/a Drowning Prevention Auckland)
Drowning Prevention Auckland supports GAAAP by delivery of Professional Learning and Development (PLD). We have a team of experienced, registered teachers to supporting learning and teaching in the following key areas:

  • Aquatic Skills and Activities – water competence and introduction to recreation and sports.
  • Planning – To develop a school wide aquatic education programme.
  • Teacher Support – at the pool and in the classroom.
  • Resources – Providing teaching resources as well as facilitating the Lifejacket Loan Scheme.
  • EOTC –Supporting teachers for education outside the classroom

Contact: Lynley Stewart | P 09 376 5114 or 027 846 6381 | E lynley.stewart@dpanz.org.nz


Swimming New Zealand (SNZ)
Swimming New Zealand Education Advisers are available to provide training and resources around the Kiwi Swim Safe and Water Skills For Life programme which can designed to meet school and teachers’ specific needs including:

  • Theory sessions around water safety and learn to swim.
  • Practical sessions in the pool for teachers and poolside assistance with children in the water.
  • Sessions on how school teachers can assist at poolside when professional swim teachers are teaching.
  • Dry land and classroom assistance-enabling education to be carried on out of the pool.
  • EOTC, running of swimming sports and linking of schools to swimming clubs and swim schools.

Contact: Moe Richardson (Education Advisor) | P 021 804 326 | E moe@swimmingnz.org.nz


Surf Life Saving 

  • Surf 2 School – This fun and interactive learning experience allows students to gain awareness of beach and surf safety in the classroom or pool. It’s a curriculum based beach and surf safety course delivered by trained surf lifeguards.
  • Beach Ed – Get out of the classroom and enjoy the beach safely. Beach Ed is a full day curriculum based beach and surf safety course delivered by trained lifeguards.

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Coastguard Boating Education
The Safe Boating Programme provides a practical in-water experience for both swimmers and non-swimmers. Participants will gain the skills and confidence to keep them safe when boating.


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New Zealand Underwater
Mini Dippers provides a practical in-water experience for swimmers. Participants gain the skills and confidence to keep them safe when snorkelling. A new way of delivering this programme is currently being trialled in Counties Manukau.

Contact: www.nzu.org.nz

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WSNZ – River Safe
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) in conjunction with the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) and a select working group have developed a River Safe DVD and teacher tool kit. The key concept behind the resource is ‘Enjoying a positive experience in and around rivers’. The knowledge and resources will equip teachers to theoretically and practically prepare students for any school river based outdoor excursion.


Surfing New Zealand
Surfing New Zealand has developed a Learn To Surf Programme which aims to give primary and intermediate school children the chance to learn surfing and surf safety under the guidance of professional surf instructors in a safe and user friendly environment.The programme includes teacher development with an International Surfing Association (ISA) Level One Coaching Certificate which allows teachers to continue the surfing programmes
within their schools.

Contact: Lee Ryan (Development Manager) | P 021 116 0160 | E lee.ryan@surfingnz.org.nz

Hiwi the Kiwi

NZ Sport Fishing Council – Hiwi the Kiwi
The Hiwi the Kiwi programme teaches sustainability of kai moana, water safety as it pertains to boats and encourages literacy through a writing competition. Mark de Lacy aka ‘The Minstrel’ and Hiwi the Kiwi present a show supported by professionally written teaching resource material.