A professional learning opportunity for ALL aquatic education teachers in primary and secondary schools. This one-day workshop will focus on current evidence-based practice in aquatic education and will include FREE in-school support.
Jumping into lake
If aquatic education is to be consistently offered in schools it is the classroom teacher who is best placed to provide this.
(Lynch, 2012)

Competencies developed through (swim) schools are not necessarily applied in a natural aquatic environment .
(Baker, 2019)

Teaching Aquatics

Are you up to speed?

Venue: NZ Marine Conference Room, 85 Westhaven Drive
Date: TBC, 2022
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: $50 + GST
(To contribute to costs including refreshments. This PLD is subsidised from various funding sources.

All people are at risk of drowning, the problem is not so much that people are unable to swim or float, but they are unable to swim or float as well as they thought they could in open water.
(Stanley, 2021)

Course Outline

Developing our competence to teach aquatic education will be unpacked in 3 ways:

Exploring The Theory

  • Drowning prevention education is based on development of 15 competencies
  • Understanding the drowning problem
  • What are we doing now?
  • What could/should we be doing?

Pool (practical)

  • Personal competencies for drowning prevention.
  • Great activities for in the pool learning (yours and ours)

Open water environments (‘Dry’)

  • Ideas for developing 15 water competencies in open water
  • Safety management processes for teachers and students

In New Zealand, people of Māori and Pacific Islander ethnicity record higher drowning rates compared with the European population.

(Willcox-Pidgeon et al., 2019)

Swimming is learned indoors while drowning happens primarily outdoors .
(Stallman et al., 2008)