Sport Northland and Water Skills for Life
Sport Northland has been a stand out in terms of the delivery of Water Skills for Life into the region.
The Northland WaterSafe Programme provides free Water Skills for Life education to Northland schools year 1 to 8 students, along with support for teachers to build their competency and confidence to extend delivery with their students.
The programme is delivered across all of Northland - to date to 88.5% of Northland primary and intermediate schools since 1997.
In 2019/20 Sport Northland delivered WSFL lessons to 3,446 students enrolled from 21 schools. They all received 5 WSFL lessons (co-delivered with school teachers and WaterSafe Kaiārahi) – which covers all of the WSFL skill sets.
11,598 students and 671 adults from 83 schools also received a dryland WSFL session across the region during term 4 2019 – covering only the theory section of WSFL.
134 school teachers received professional development poolside over term 3 and term 4 2019. 30 teachers received in-house workshops and attended the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course.
Sport Northland also coordinates two portable pools for schools without pools.
Brent Eastwood, Chief Executive of Sport Northland says through its programme they are teaching water safety fundamentals and foundation skills so that students can feel confident about experiencing other aquatic activities safely.
“This programme contributes to students developing sound knowledge, good attitudes and behaviours. The purpose of delivering the dryland sessions is to increase student confidence and competence around identifying and making good decisions about hazards in, on and around water prior to the summer break” says Mr Eastwood.
“The sessions also give school teachers the tools to draw on to help their students following on from the sessions through our online resources. This is further enforced with schools sending these valuable safety messages home through their own newsletters and websites.”
These sessions are then backed up with the practical WSFL aquatic sessions being co-delivered with schools in their own aquatic environment.