Cost: From $10 per student / hour

  • For ages 5+
  • Suitable for non-swimmers

Join us for some entertaining Bug activities at the ocean, lake or pool. The versatile riverbug's small dimensions make for ease of handling, and with no long hard pointy bits to get in the way or crash into others, coordinating the group is a breeze. Riverbugs are intuitive to paddle and students will discover ways to use their riverbug using their own initiative. 

A short briefing on safety and the basics is all that's needed to get people going (no long winded paddle drills!). We'll entertain the students with fun games and initiative challenges, with inclusivity and participation the key aims. Our programmes also include elements of local history and Te Reo Māori.

We can tailor duration and outcomes to suit your group, and will run the programmes at one of our locations around the Bay of Plenty, or a suitable location of your choice.


  1. Welcome
  2. Change into swimwear
  3. Issue equipment
  4. Briefing 
  5. Karakia (blessing)
  6. Practice on water
  7. Easy 'warm-up' activities 
  8. Fun games and initiative challenges
  9. Return equipment
  10. Change into dry clothes
  11. Debrief 
  12. Karakia
  13. Fawewell

We provided: 

  • Riverbug equipment (Riverbug & Flippers)
  • games and initiative challenge resources 
  • Program facilitators
  • Changing and toilet facilities at the venue

Students Bring: 

  • Swimwear (may bring own wetsuit. Optional)
  • Towel
  • Sun protection 
  • Water, snack/lunch


  • For programs run at public swimming pools there may be an extra charge to cover the use of the facilities.
  • Wetsuits may be provided in cooler conditions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own wetsuit if they have one.
  • Riverbug.nz is an independently audited, and WorkSafe registered outdoor activity provider. Contact us for copies of our Activity Risk Assessment and Safety Management Systems.