Sarah and the other Year 6s at her school completed a 4 week Waterwise course earlier this term. This entailed spending 4 Mondays at Waiake beach in Torbay, learning about water safety; and being taught how to sail an Optimist boat and how to kayak. They also did a swim out to the pontoon and played beach and grass games in between.

Waterwise is a fantastic programme that many Auckland school children experience when they're at primary or intermediate school. One of the main objectives of the programme is to teach children about water safety so that they can safely enjoy the beautiful marine environment that New Zealand has to offer. Check out the website for more details about this amazing programme.

I signed up as a parent helper and was assigned to beach games my first week and water safety for the two weeks after that. Unfortunately we didn't have the best weather on the day that I took these photos - but the weather certainly didn't stop the kids from having a great time out there.

Sarah is in the far left boat, at the back. Go, girl!

Everyone had to wear life vests when in the water. The kids at the back are doing the pontoon swim and the kids in the front are learning about water safety.

Not sure who this is, but he seems to be having fun.

Kayakers in the foreground, sailors out back. I ♡ Waiake beach.

Sailing these Optimists is very popular at the Bays beaches close to where we live. There is frequently lots of activity at the sailing clubs here and big groups of these boats are often out on the water. I love seeing all the buzz at the beach and all the sails out at sea - we really do live in a beautiful place.


1 comment

  1. so cool! Rob learned to sail oppies in Zim as a boy and he has always loved the sea and the sails - a great skill for life! Looks idyllic x


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