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.
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.
Our ‘Safe Waters’ programme which has three main learning outcomes:
- Personal safety in and around the water
- Safety and inclusion of others; team building 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 rotations that we can include into our EOTC days that build on many fundamental aspects of the NZ School curriculum Health and Physical Education guidelines;
- 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, survival swimming and sun smarts.
- 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.
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>
Safety is paramount for us – all of our instructors are ISA certified, First Aid providers and police vetted. All of our equipment is stringently tested and maintained. Health & Safety, Scope of Operation and Risk Management Systems are available on request.
We can offer NZQA applicable courses for Years 9 -13. Our courses offer NCEA credits at level 1, 2 and 3. More information is available on request – to find out more contact us>