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Kids have fun and learn water safety

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


Being waterwise is smart

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.


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Drowning Toll

This year as of 22 December : 84

Same time last year: 71