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Water Skills For Life, was developed for children in Years 1 - 8 to learn water safety. 

Based on 27 core skills, it establishes broad fundamental competencies for life-long water safety.

Children are taught Water Skills for Life at school, either by their school teacher in the school pool or community or by a swim teacher at a community pool. Schools can decide how they teach their students Water Skills For Life.


It is now accepted that learning to swim on its own can be insufficient to save a life and that water safety skills should form the basis of aquatic education.

In partnership with Swimming New Zealand, whose educators provide aquatic professional development to school and swim teachers, and our funded partners including regional sports trusts, councils and swim schools, our goal is that every child will learn Water Skills For Life across the country.








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