Water Safety New Zealand is an incorporated society (with charitable status), based on a membership structure. Members cover a wide range of water activities and initiatives with water safety and the prevention of drowning, fundamental to their missions.
New Zealand Rivers Association for Professional Guides
The New Zealand Rivers Association for Professional Guides provides collective representation and best practice advice, facilitates the development of industry standards, and develops member benefits for the rafting industry.
The upcoming National Raft Racing Championships is to be held on 11th April in Kawerau and 12th April on the Rangitaiki River. We also have exciting news that we are now able to offer night time racing on the 11th in Kawerau so will be a great day/evening of entertainment.
New Zealand Underwater Association has been continuing to develop and promote water safety and dive safety strategies. We run diver safety campaigns with the aid of funding partners, as well as promoting the campaigns our sector partners are running, which tie in to our vision that recreational underwater activities in New Zealand will be readily accessible, safe, and enjoyable.
One of our focuses is on reestablishing the Mini Dippers programme, starting with a small pilot in South Auckland, and with the goal of having it nationally available to all interested. The Mini Dippers programme aims to introduce children to safe snorkeling and diving practices, as well as building confidence in and especially under the water.
With our mission to be the recognised lead organisation for promoting and advocating safe and enjoyable underwater activities in New Zealand, NZUA continues to align its strategies, goals, and ambitions with industry partners, establishing a broad network of contact points within the underwater activity sector.
Water Polo is the oldest continuous Olympic team sport (every Olympics since 1926) and is played in New Zealand at all competence levels – from beginner through to High Performance National teams.
Starting with an adapted variation to the game - Flippa Ball which is played in shallow water for our primary school participants and then progressing to Water Polo where we provide opportunities with schools, clubs and social competitions. Children as young as five start playing Flippa Ball. In some parts of the country, Flippa Ball has been run concurrently with swimming lessons, which has seen attendance at the lessons soar.
Water Polo provides the perfect avenue to enhance water confidence while gaining a high level of aquatic competence. Water Polo enables development of some key fundamentals of life including confidence, teamwork and commitment while maintaining a healthy fit lifestyle.