Lifejacket Loan Scheme

Lifejacket Loan Scheme

If you’re looking to complement your aquatic education programme, we have a supply of lifejackets available, free of charge. Schools are loaned one set of 30 lifejackets for two weeks (there are a variety of sizes available suitable for early childhood centres, and primary, intermediate and secondary). They can be collected and dropped off at our office in Westhaven, the Sport Waitakere Hub or couriered at the school’s expense. If you would like to access the loan scheme, please complete and return the Lifejacket Request Form (see link below).

Please Note:

  • The lifejackets are in high demand and subject to availability – Please ensure you submit your request well in advance.
  • All lifejackets are approved to NZ Standards.
Lifejacket loan scheme contact

[email protected]

How the Lifejacket Loan Scheme has benefited schools

We used the lifejackets to:

  • Familiarize students with lifejackets
  • Show students how to fit them correctly
  • Teach students how they work as flotation devices by using them with students in the school pool
  • Give students practical experience of different ways to group for warmth if they were stranded at sea
  • Practice swimming / moving in the water in ways that conserves energy
  • Make links between our swimming programme and how to be water safe in different environments (river / sea /lakes)


An amazing opportunity to practice real life situations. Perfectly timed for summer water safety. A real asset to the curriculum. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to practise keeping safe in the water, before they may need to in an accident. Our children, parents and staff love it when the lifejackets are in school. Many children have gone home and explained to their parents that they MUST wear one when they go out fishing. Our community is so grateful for this opportunity - thank you!
Maree Lloyd, Huapai District School
Teachers also used the resources from the [DPA] professional development session within class programmes to further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of staying water safe. As we are near two estuaries this information was extremely relevant for our school community.
Dr Cherie Taylor-Patel, Principal, Flanshaw Road School