Devonport Primary School - Moving young minds to higher ground

Waterwise for Year-6 Students

Devonport Waterwise logo
The Waterwise programme teaches year-6 students about confidence in the water: from capsizing and righting an Optimist dinghy, swimming confidently with a life vest, understanding tidal and wind information, sailing the Optimist dinghy and kayaking.

Devonport Primary sessions take place each Friday afternoon at Narrow Neck Beach during terms 1 and 2. The students are taught by fully-qualified instructors with additional help from parents.

Students must be able to swim 25m and pay a small fee of $30 in order to participate. 

Waterwise kayak 
 More information can be found on the Devonport Waterwise website.
If you are able to provide transport or assist on any afternoon during our waterwise sessions, please advise your child's teacher.

Devonport Primary Waterwise Instructors
New instructor in training - 2009Three to four new instructors per school are trained each year, so if you think you would like to become an instructor let the school know, either at the office, or talk to one of the current instructors *.
The course usually takes place during August, so check the school notice board around that time.
Prior sailing experience is not required.

* DPS Instructors as at Feb 2019: Eric Ibarraran, Dan Skelton, Sonia Dupuch, Tanya Sorrell, Gillian Weir, Marissa Willson, Hannah Jemmett, Katherine Mason, Kathryn Bourne, Steve Hollingsworth, Dave Burrows.

The Waterwise sessions teach the basics of sailing.
For more advanced sailing skills, the Wakatere boating club at Narrow Neck run sailing courses. Details can be found at

18 Kerr Street, Devonport, Auckland ph 09 445 0183 fax 09 445 4083 e