In conjunction with Sport Waikato and supported by Swimming New Zealand,  Swimming Waikato will be embarking on an exciting initiative to support low-decile primary schools with learn to swim and water safety support in Hamilton. It is our long term vision to provide such support for the region as a whole in the near future.

The funding for this project comes directly from Sport New Zealand’s Tu Manawa fund, which has been administered in the region by Sport Waikato. We would also like to acknowledge the support we have received from WEL Energy Trust to look at ways in which we can grow LTS & WS provision throughout the region for the future.

For this project to reach far into our wide-reaching communities, it is important that this initiative is locally-led. The connection with those already familiar with their communities, supported by their understanding of their local environment, will be a huge advantage for this project. We look forward to working with our member clubs, coaches, teachers and volunteers to support this worthwhile cause. We would like to thank those clubs who have already provided support for this initiative and we cannot wait to get going with your help.

Most of us are aware of the unacceptable drowning rates in New Zealand, and unfortunately the cases in the Waikato attribute to a high proportion of these unfortunate deaths. The Waikato region has the third-highest drowning rate nationally, as well as the highest river drowning rate, with an average of four river drownings a year between 2009 & 2018. WSNZ Community Engagment Consultation 2018-19

We are currently looking for keen and energetic Learn to Swim & Water Safety facilitators to operate in Hamilton City Primary Schools from Term 1 2021.

The role would be responsible for delivering Water Safety New Zealand’s, Water Skills for Life programme. This program is aimed at teaching 5-13yr olds the skills they need to help keep themselves safe in, on and around water. Please see attached role description for more information.

Waikato Water Safe – Facilitators Role Description

For more information, please contact [email protected]