The Water Safety Code

The Water Safety Code consists of four simple rules to remember each time you venture near the water. It serves as a great starting point for planning a safe aquatic adventure. 

1. Be prepared

  • Learn to swim and survive.
  • Set rules for safe play in the water.
  • Always use safe and correct equipment and know the weather and water conditions before you get in.

2. Watch out for yourself and others

  • Always pay close attention to children you are supervising when in or near water.
  • Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.

3. Be aware of the dangers

  • Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags. 
  • DO NOT enter the water after drinking alcohol.

4. Know your limits

  • Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.
  • Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.


AdventureSmart Safety Partnership

New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR), Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ), Coastguard New Zealand and the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) have formed a collaborative partnership to promote consistent safety messages to the New Zealand public and to visitors to New Zealand.

In addition to the Water Safety Code, make sure you’re familiar with the Boating Safety Code and the Outdoor Safety Code, available on the AdventureSmart website in multiple languages.

AdventureSmart provides tips, links and advice for you to plan and prepare to ensure you enjoy the outdoors safely.

Visit the AdventureSmart website

AdventureSmart (New Zealand) is funded by New Zealand Search and Rescue Council.