Secondary School Programmes

Support for Secondary School Departments

WaterSafe Auckland offers support to Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education departments and tailored to meet their needs.

This could include:

  • Developing a framework for aquatic education Years 9-13
  • Programme planning for aquatic education including related EOTC
  • NCEA Framework – where aquatics fits in Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Gateway programmes to achieve aquatic qualifications
  • Funding application assistance
  • Teacher professional learning opportunities

Some examples of how aquatic education could be incorporated in to Years 9-13 HPE/OE programmes.

Years 9 and 10

  • Building on ‘In At The Deep End’ learning at Years 7 and 8
  • Water safety and swimming skills in preparation for EOTC experiences in aquatic environments, including lifejacket use
  • Year 11

    • Aquatics matrix for NCEA Units 1.1 to 1.9

Years 12 and 13

  • Gateway programmes that could include obtaining Skills Active credits with a Pool Lifeguard strand, Assistant Swim Teacher Award and Police Swimming Certificate
  • Assistance with the development of aquatic units for Level 2 (e.g. 2.1, 2.4, 2.7) and Level 3 (3.1, 3.4, 3.7)
  • Resources for classroom and practical work

For further information and to discuss your specific needs contact Aquatic Educator Nicky Howes: nicky.howes@watersafe.org.nz

Drowning Prevention Auckland Staff Providing Water Safety Directly To Students

DPA staff to coordinate and deliver aquatic education
  • Classroom and/or pool safety sessions focused on water safety
  • Coastguard Safe Boating programme (with PLD this is free)

Each programme will be tailored for the specific group depending on age and ability. This could include our basic water competency training and safer boating education.

*Class teachers will be expected to participate in these sessions assisting with class organisation, management and learning.

Teacher Resources

Wai Survival Guide

WAI Survival is a water safety resource for secondary teachers. It is a resource 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.

It gives clear teaching ideas for practical water safety and survival skills. It also has teaching ideas to develop critical thinking for safer aquatic participation in a range of aquatic environments to better prepare students and teachers for the skills (competencies) needed to have people enjoy the water and be safe.