Millions of Kiwis enjoy a vast range of aquatic activities that New Zealand offers, whether at home, the beach, in the pool or river.Read More
Water Skills For Life is the most comprehensive and best way children can learn to stay safe in, on and around the water.Read More
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is calling for the compulsory wearing of lifejackets on recreational water vessels under six metres while they are underway.Read More
Of the 107 people who died by drowning in New Zealand in 2016 (both recreationally and non-recreationally), 78... Read More
Another study has revealed dropping levels of aquatic education in New Zealand schools, heightening concern fr... Read More
As leader of a sector that relies predominantly on a volunteer base to save lives, Water Safety New Zealand (W... Read More
While our messages may be getting through to some of the people some of the time, behaviour change is sadly la... Read More
1,500 children in Porirua are being taught Water Skills for Life by Dash Swim School this year. Read More
You don't want to meet The Swim Reaper. Read More
Lauren is supporting us in keeping school pools open and promoting Water Skills For Life Read More
Inspiring us all to learn how to enjoy the water safely. From non swimmer to advocate Read More
Duncan Garner has teamed up with Water Safety New Zealand to spread the safety message to boaties nationwide. Read More
Stacey has teamed up with us to help spread the message about keeping pre-schoolers safe around the water. Read More
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Aquatic education based on Water Skills For Life is the most comprehensive and best way children can learn to stay safe in, on and around water. Water Safety and swimming skills, in combination, result in a reduction in drownings.
Water Skills For Life is our initiative aimed at giving every child aged 5 to 13 years the skills they need for lifelong water safety. It is based on the best international research that tells us water survival skills should form the basis of aquatic education and presents the most effective way to improve water safety outcomes. It is now accepted that the ability to swim on its own is not enough to save a life. New Zealanders need to be able to recognise hazards and make sensible decisions in, on and around water. Read more
We are an island nation with some of the most magnificent waterways in the world. Our oceans, coasts, beaches, lakes and rivers help define us and reflect the people we have become. Water is life and in New Zealand, it’s our way of life, but it also takes life.
Our vision is all Kiwis, new New Zealanders and visitors having a safe experience in, on or around the waterways of Aotearoa, New Zealand. With a respect for the water and an awareness of the potential dangers to themselves and others, knowing how to prevent injury, preserve life and enjoy their water experiences.
We're working with water safety sector organisations, individuals and the public to help deliver programmes, services and initiatives to make positive social change in New Zealand. Water Safety New Zealand's role is to provide leadership, advocacy, policy development and funding to the sector to create a thriving society for individuals, families and communities.
2016 Preventable Total: 78
This year as at 16 October: 55
Same time last year: 50