Swimsafe water education for schools

Based on Water Safety New Zealand’s water skills for life competencies.

Kids learning to be swim safe

Children will learn water entry, balance, buoyancy, breathing, water safety and survival skills that can be used for life.

Children may also participate in lessons in inflatable boats and practice wearing lifejackets.

Swimsafe lessons run at all of our Recreation and Sport Centres. If coming to us doesn’t suit you, our instructors are able to run the programme in your school pool.

The programme typically runs for 10 days with 25-minute lessons. However, the programme can be tailored to meet the individual needs of any group.

What children will learn to do 

  • Enter and exit the water in any environment.
  • Go under the water - underwater skills and controlling their breathing.
  • Float on the water.
  • Move, roll and turn in the water.
  • Water safety and awareness.
  • What to do in an emergency.

Swimsafe participates in providing Safe Boating NZ(external link) initiatives designed to provide practical, boating and water safety experience for children - regardless of their confidence in the water. 

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