Water Safety Code
The Water Safety Code has been developed for all people of Aotearoa so they can be safe when they're in, on and around water. For tamariki, we want them to learn to make safe decisions before they start their activity, during their activity and be able to respond positively if something goes wrong. It's a practical guide that tamariki can refer to which will remind them about making safe decisions in, on and around water.
The focus of students learning the Water Safety Code is that they learn and demonstrate the use of critical thinking to make sure it is safe to carry out and planned aquatic activity.
The process is summarised as:
Stop, look and think before you act
Make safe decisions
If in doubt, stay out.
It focuses on students assessing:
Local conditions ♦ the knowledge, skills and experience of all participants ♦ the available equipment ♦ what to do when things go wrong
The four strands of the Water Safety Code
Watch out for self and others
Be aware of the dangers
Know your limits