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What do your students need to learn?

Gathering and analysing a range of information about the aquatic learning needs of your students will help you to identify the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they need to develop in their class programmes. Possible learning outcomes that relate to the aquatic learning experiences in this book are listed below. You may choose to draw on these outcomes to set goals with your students and to provide them with feedback about their progress.

Students will




Local Aquatic Environments
  • identify a range of aquatic environments that offer opportunities for safe and enjoyable water activities;
3 A 3
  • identify potential hazards and make safe choices in aquatic environments;
3 A 3
  • participate in competitive aquatic activities and describe how competition influences participation; 
3 B 4
  • identify how participation in aquatic activities is influenced by whānau, media promotion, and the availability of facilities.
3 D 1
Preparing for an Aquatic Experience
  • identify how enjoyable aquatic experiences contribute to personal well-being;
3 A 2
  • use risk-management strategies that allow for enjoyable and successful aquatic experiences;
3 A 3
  • describe and demonstrate how effective communication skills contribute to safe and enjoyable recreational pursuits.
4 C 3
Emergency Practices
  • identify group and individual survival strategies in an aquatic setting, including initiatives for conserving energy;
3 A 3
  • demonstrate confidence by implementing a survival plan in a controlled aquatic emergency;
3 B 2
  • determine the effectiveness of manufactured or improvised equipment in an aquatic setting in an emergency situation scenario.
4 B 3
Environmental Codes
  • identify the significance of cultural beliefs in the use of aquatic environments;
3 D 1
  • identify specific laws associated with land and water use;
4 D 3/4
  • identify issues concerning rights and responsibilities in the use of aquatic environments; 
4 D 3/4
  • demonstrate collective responsibility for the care of aquatic environments.
4 D 3/4
Community Services
  • identify the interdependent nature of relationships and the consequences that individual actions have on other people;
4 C 1
  • use local aquatic recreational facilities and evaluate how these are used by the community members;
4 D 2
  • investigate community services that actively support safe participation in an aquatic environment and promote these services in the school.
5 D 2
Aquatic Skills
  • use survival strategies for themselves and for others;
3 A 3
  • swim efficiently in at least four different strokes;
4 B 1
  • use a variety of swimming strokes and survival skills while dressed in clothing and footwear; 
4 B 2
  • use a variety of safe entries and exits in deep and/or moving water; 
3 B 2
  • actively encourage aquatic participation by showing respect for individual differences and the rights and feelings of others.
3/4 C 2