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Planning Safe Water-Based Experiences – On-line PLD

This PLD is specifically designed to give primary and secondary school Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) teachers and educators the skills, confidence, tools, information, and ongoing support to deliver safe water-based programmes and activities across the education and outdoors sector. It is intended to increase participation for all and reduce risk of drowning.

This PLD is supported by Melville High School and Drowning Prevention Auckland.

Course Delivery

There will be a Primary and Secondary School option. Each option will consist of TWO on-line sessions facilitated by experienced EOTC teachers.  Both sessions should be attended.

Primary Schools (Y0-8)                   Wed 8th and 15rd March               3.15-4.15pm      

Secondary Schools (Y7-13)            Wed 29th March and 5th April        3.15-4.15pm

The sessions will be interactive and require some tasks to be completed as you go. Resources will be shared and follow up support from facilitators available.

Course Content

Learning, links to curriculum (NZ Curriculum and Te Marautanga O Aoteraroa) and extra-curricular

Using a range of water environments and contexts

Employing inclusive practices and strategies to ensure

  • diverse ethnic, ability, disability, and sexuality needs are met
  • barriers to participation are overcome
  • learning is culturally responsive, including perspectives and practices of tangata whenua

The 15 water competencies and the drowning problem

Leadership, Supervision and Risk Management

  • Good practice guidelines for water-based activities, including risk assessment
  • The importance of competent staff deployed in an effective supervision structure that must be robust in a water environment
  • On Water supervision techniques such as scanning and group versus area allocated supervision

Working with Providers

  • Collaboration in programme co-construction
  • Establishing respective and shared responsibilities

Book our Sessions here



Please ensure you register for each session. They need to be booked individually.


Planning Safe Water-based Experiences - Session 1

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Mar 8, 2023 03:15 PM Auckland, Wellington 


Planning Safe Water-based Experiences - Session 2

When: Mar 15, 2023 03:15 PM 



Planning Safe Water-based Experiences - Session 1

Mar 29, 2023 03:15 PM


Planning Safe Water-based Experiences - Session 2

Apr 5, 2023 03:15 PM