Primary and Intermediate School Programmes

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

DPA will provide PLD to your school free of charge:


  • Teachers will gain understanding, awareness and knowledge around aquatic education.
  • Teachers will be provided with the tools needed to provide aquatic education in the school.

This could involve:

  • Options which will develop water safety competencies for teachers and students.
  • The development of a plan to implement aquatic education into the school.
  • Access to DPA resources that will support aquatic education learning and teaching.
  • Supporting teachers to implement aquatic education in the classroom and in the water with their class.

    * The PLD process will be negotiated with each school to meet the needs of their school community.

We also promote and utilise the Water Skills for Life, Water Safety New Zealand initiative, that provides a national frame work for aquatic education in New Zealand primary schools. We aim to give children the skills and knowledge they need to assess risk and make smart
decisions in, on and around water environments.

Drowning Prevention Auckland Staff Providing Water Safety Directly To Students

DPA staff to coordinate and deliver aquatic education
  • Classroom and/or pool safety sessions focused on water safety
  • Coastguard Safe Boating programme (with PLD this is free)

Each programme will be tailored for the specific group depending on age and ability. This could include our basic water competency training and safer boating education.

*Class teachers will be expected to participate in these sessions assisting with class organisation, management and learning.

What is The Safer Journey?

A Learning Inquiry by Stanhope Rd School

In 2014 a group of Year 5 & 6 students from Stanhope Road School, shocked by the number of drownings each summer, focused their Inquiry Learning on investigating hazards that cause people to drown. This led them to discover that people have drowned as a result of being caught in a rip, and they went on to learn as much as they could about rip currents including how to recognise one.

Not only did they increase their own personal knowledge and understanding, they also discovered that there was no signage to warn people of a rip. As a result of their inquiry, each student designed a rip sign, then voted for the best one. They also published their inquiry process and results in a book which they shared, not only with the whole school, but also with the team here at WAI.

“We thought we had been successful because people were amazed when they saw it, our school audience and families thought it was cool, we got the message through to people, and we got you guys (WAI) wanting our book.”

In October 2014, the team visited WAI, where they presented their book to us and took us through their Inquiry Learning journey.

For more information contact Aquatic Educator Lynley Stewart.

In the meantime you might like to watch the video of their visit.

Teacher Resources

Fishing with Papa | Kei te hī ika māua ko Papa

A water safety education resource for children of primary school age.


An interactive water safety game designed for children aged 5 – 7 years.