As part of the E.O.T.C. (Education Outside the Classroom) Programme, Year 5 and 6 participate in the Waterwise Programme, in which they are taught strategies to help them to keep safe in and around the water, theoretical and practical dinghy sailing skills.  The Programme is run by Alan Gordon and Carolyn Guiver, who are both trained NZ Waterwise instructors. The Waterwise sailing days are based at the French Bay Yacht Club.

Year 5 Programme:

Term 3:  Year 5 students commence the programme by attending a water safety day at Westwave Pools - Henderson. Here the swimming ability and confidence of each child is assessed.  Children have an opportunity to work in and around an Optimist dinghy in the pools, experiencing simulated routines and instruction (including capsizing simulation).


Term 4:  Each class attends French Bay for a full day’s activities.  In 3 rotations they sail, learn about knot tying and rigging and participate in a related shore-based activity with their class teacher.

Year 6 Programme:

Each class participates in 2 full days at French Bay (Term 1 and 4). In 3 rotations they further develop their sailing skills, review knot tying and rigging techniques and participate in a related shore-based activity with their class teacher.


Safety is a primary consideration at French Bay. The school has a comprehensive risk management process that is completed for all scheduled Waterwise activities in accordance with our “Education Outside the Classroom Policy.” Children are equipped with life jackets and wetsuits and are always under teacher and parent supervision. At least one trained instructor is out on the water at all times in a fully equipped rescue/instruction boat.

For further information relating to our school’s Waterwise Programme please contact Alan Gordon or view the Watersafe NZ Website

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