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Water Skills For Life - resources for Schools & Kura

For our primary school children, Water Skills for Life is the essential beginning of life-long learning.


Tools and resources for teachers

Water Skills for Life tools and resources can be taught by any teacher in a school pool and classroom. The options are:

  1. Teach children the practice in a school pool (free PD is available).
  2. Teach children the theory in a classroom (free PD is available).
  3. Access a local Water Skills for Life provider to undertake the programme. See providers here.

Water Skills For Life is taught through four levels from year 0 to year 8. Within each level there are seven competency areas, including one for overall safety and awareness.

Access the resources through the four levels at the bottom of this page but we recommend that you start by reading the seven competency areas immediately below.

As you work within a level, you can access and download the teacher resources, student achievement certificates and classroom posters. Certificates have been designed for students to colour them, a further way students can keep engaged with Water Skills For Life and to reduce printing costs for the school.



Summary of the competency areas

You can review the teacher resources for each competency area immediately below and select a lesson level at the bottom of this page.



Children learn to safely enter and exit water in any environment.


Children learn to perform underwater skills and control their breathing.


Children learn buoyancy skills, breathing and how to regain their feet.


Children learn to be in confident control of rolling and turning movements.



Children learn to help themselves when in an emergency and how to help others.


Swimming skills are one thing but moving in water is also about how to stay safe.


Children learn water awareness, how to behave in water and to respect it.




Lesson Plans in four levels

Select a level and access the lessons and teacher resources here.


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