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Water Skills For Life Teacher Training Day



Mon 20 Aug 2018, 09:00 am


Mon 20 Aug 2018, 03:00 pm


Rotorua Aquatic Centre
Kuirau Park 18 Tarewa Road


Professional Development, Conferences Workshops Classes, Safety Advocacy Event, Water Safety


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



Listed By:

Sheridan Bruce

Water Skills For Life


Attending this primary school teacher training day could save a child’s life.

Water Skills For Life is the national aquatic education for students in Years 1 – 8. It was developed to provide children life long water safety skills and knowledge.

Drowning is a serious problem in New Zealand and our national survey of over 1000 respondents found that over a third of people had first-hand experience of a serious situation in the water.

While the majority of Kiwis say they can swim, for many they have not learnt water safety skills. Swimming alone may not be sufficient to save a life from drowning.

Teachers - book into this one day’s professional development so you can learn to teach Water Skills For Life to your students. Training will be led by Swimming New Zealand educators.

The programme

  • All about Water Skills For Life 
  • Teaching 30 children in the pool at once
  • Pool session learning the 27 Water Skills For Life skills
    (Teachers are invited to get into the pool)
  • Dryland Water Skills For Life session – pool side and classroom style
  • All about Beach Education (Surf Life Saving programme)
  • All about Safe Boating (Coastguard Boating Education programme)
  • Assessing student competencies
  • Data management and resources

Teachers will break out into groups with each group led by Swimming New Zealand educators.

You will learn vital water safety training so you can teach your students to stay safe when they’re in, on and around water. Water Skills For Life is the pathway to children learning water sports including swimming.

Click here to register

(You will be taken to our Eventbrite page to purchase your ticket(s)).

We're pleased to be working with NZRA in support of the WAVES Conference being held in Rotorua 21 - 23 August.


Children learn these skills with Water Skills For Life

Click on each link to read about what's involved with each activity.

Water safety and awareness skills
Download the teaching resource
  • Recognise an emergency for yourself or others. Know who to call for help and how
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks around the home, farm and around pools
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risk in natural environments such as at the beach, offshore, river or lake.
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for water activities such as swimming, water sports and boating
  • Know how and why t make safe decisions for yourself and others
  • Know how to recognise hypothermia and how to treat it
Getting in and out of the water
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  • Get in and out of the water safely in any environment.
  • Perform this sequence with a buddy watching: check the depth of the water, check that the area is safe, jump into deep water, float on back for 1 minute to control breathing, return to edge and exit
Going under the water - Submersion
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  • Get under water, open eyes and control breathing
  • Pick up an object from under the water
  • Dive from a horizontal position in the water and move underwater for a slow count to five
Floating on the water - Personal Buoyancy
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  • Float, then regain feet
  • Control breathing while floating on back for at least 1 minute
  • Scull head-first and/or scull feet first for at least 3 minutes
  • Tread water for at least 3 minutes in deep water
  • Perform this sequence in deep water: correctly fit a lifejacket then tread water, scull, float or a mixture for 3 minutes while controlling breathing. Then return to edge and get out of the water
  • Perform this sequence for five minutes: signal for help while treading water, sculling, floating, or a mixture, and while controlling breathing
Rolling and turning in the water - Orientation
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  • Horizontal rotation (front to back and back to front)
  • Horizontal to vertical rotation and vice versa (front or back to upright and return)
  • Vertical rotation (half rotation and full rotation) around the body’s vertical axis
What to do in an emergency - Safety of self and others
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  • Float and signal for help with and without a flotation aid
  • Do a reach rescue and a throw rescue with a buddy
  • Perform this sequence: correctly fit a lifejacket, do a step entry into deep water, float in the H.E.L.P. position, then with a couple of buddies or a group form a huddle, return to edge and get out
Moving through the water - Propulsion
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  • Move 15m non-stop, using any form of propulsion
  • Move through the water environments of all kinds (currents, waves, depth – in situ or simulated)
  • Move 50m and/or 3 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture
  • Move 100m and/or 5 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture


Click here for the directory to contact a Water Skills for Life instructor.
Click here for Database User Guide and School Resources


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