Integrated Aquatic Programme (IAP)

TitleIntegrated Aquatic Programme (IAP)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSullivan, B, Harrod, S
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other NumbersPO-31

"Water is a dominant feature of the New Zealand landscape, and many New Zealanders spend much of their recreational time in, on or by water" (Ministry of Education 1999).

The Integrated Aquatic Programme (IAP) is a resource for teachers of students aged 5-12 years and has been produced by key aquatic stakeholder organisations alongside members of the education sector. This collaborative approach ensures this resource is relevant in terms of content and application.

The IAP is the ‘Roadmap’ for teachers. It is identifies the learning needs of students through detailed competency models for skills, knowledge, attitudes and values. This enables teachers to select the appropriate curriculum based programme(s)/resources available.

The IAP not only gives teachers a visual tool to develop sequential pathways but increases understanding of what an ‘aquatically educated’ student could look like. It provides a scaffolding of learning, enabling students to have safe, meaningful and purposeful learning experiences.

The IAP was collaboratively produced by:

  1. WaterSafe Auckland
  2. SLSNZ
  3. Swimming New Zealand
  4. Coastguard Boating Education
  5. New Zealand Schools WaterWise
  6. Yachting New Zealand.

To view the IAP (right) please visit

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the importance of sector collaboration when producing water safety education programmes.
  2. Understand the need to target multiple curriculum areas when designing programmes for schools.
  3. Promotion of a resource that teaches teachers what aquatic education is right for their students.