We collaborate with many schools to provide fun and educational water sports days for kids.
Through our EOTC programme our mission is to inspire others to love, protect and sustain our home - the earth - through learning water sports skills and having safe interactions with the environment.
We believe that when kids are active and having fun they become open and receptive to learning. Our school days focus on water safety and confidence, teamwork and environmental awareness. Specifically to the New Zealand School curriculum we build on many fundamental aspects of Health and Physical Education including;
- A2 Regular physical activity – introducing Stand Up Paddle Boarding as an enjoyable and tangible physical activity that kids may incorporate into their personal lifestyle, or even develop into a career pathway. Paddle skills are transferable to other water sports.
- A3 Safety management – understanding risks associated with the ocean and other bodies of water, especially in regards to the weather, and how to stay safe, i.e proper fitting of a life jacket and being sun smart.
- B1 Movement skills – SUP requires many motor skills such as balance and paddling. Learning these motor skills gives kids confidence to participate in many other water based sports.
- C3 Interpersonal skills – the XL SUP’s we use take a group of 6-8 kids at once. We encourage the kids to mix with different peers and we coach them to work as a team and make safe choices for themselves and others in this unique setting.
- D2 Community resources – these days allow the students to investigate a readily available resource (oceans/lakes) that can be used to promote group involvement and enhance well being of self and others.
Our ‘Safe Waters’ programme which has three main learning outcomes:
- Personal safety in and around the water
- Safety and inclusion of others; teambuilding and leadership
- Safety and protection of the environment; fostering a respectful relationship with our watery backyard
We take a humanistic approach and tailor our activities to suit the children’s needs. Our aim is to make the activities fun and inclusive for everyone. The stand up paddle boards are very safe for littlies, we often have first years aboard, and we even have equipment to take disabled people out on the water!
Protecting our ocean environment
By taking kids out on the water we hope to inspire them to care for the ocean too. We emphasise a ‘leave no trace’ attitude to our school days and encourage the kids to help us clean up the beach during the day. We explain the determinants of plastics to the ocean and empower the kids to know that they can make a big difference by the simply making good choices.
With the help of our school groups, this year we have already removed over 300l of plastic from our Northland Beaches!
We have a number of activities that we include into our school days
SUP BRO Paddle Boarding
While we do teach all of our students to paddle board safely, we also use the paddle boards as a medium to increase water confidence by teaching survival skills, teach about the weather, tide and currents and enhance teamwork and leadership skills. This rotation includes:
- Gear up, paddle briefing – safety, teamwork
- Paddling out in the water, getting comfy, standing up, using the paddles
- ABL games on the boards, e.g battleboards, races, dancing, splashing etc.
- Bombing competition (optional/depending on group abilities)
Mm2 – Marine metre squared
This is a citizen science programme developed by Otago University that helps kids all around NZ to get involved in marine studies. As we oftenpaddle in a sandy/muddy estuarine setting we have selected an activity that the kids can do that will teach them about the different animals living in and around where we are paddling. Eryn, who will be facilitating this section of the day, is a keen environmental scientist who has extensive knowledge of the marine environment. In addition to this we have created Debris Metre squared. It is essentially the same activity but instead we identify marine debris that is washed up on the beaches. This is a great way for kids to get involved with ocean protection.
Power Kite Flying
Kite Surfing is one of the fastest growing water sport in the world (after paddle boarding!) and power kite flying is a fundamental skill to learn this water sport. We have 4 training kites that we use to teach kids how to fly a power kite and learn the mechanisms of the wind window. We cover all safety aspects of kite surfing and even get the kids to set up a big kite (7m) and try on the safety gear. Please note this is done on dry land and the students will only get to try the small (1.5-2m) training kites. Please note, we need wind to conduct this activity.
Location and Price
We tailor our school days to suit the specifications of each individual school group. We also pick our sites based on both locality and weather conditions. While we normally operate from the Tutukaka Coast we are more than happy for our small team to travel to meet a group, rather than having a fleet of parents driving long distances to meet us! Lucky in Northland there are many protected bays and estuaries that means there is seldom a day where we have to reschedule due to weather conditions.
We price our programmes on an individual basis. This is because each class/school has different objectives for their experience with us. If we have less students per day we are able to spend more time with them enhancing learning opportunities, however, this will increase the price per student. More students per day will be cheaper per student and the activities will run in a rotational style. To inquire about price please contact us>
Our programme is eligible for funding, feel free to check out these grants and others. We are more than happy to provide information to assist your application: