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Water Safety Champion Awards

Who do you know? We are pleased to announce the inaugural Drowning Prevention Auckland* ‘Water Safety Champion Awards 2017’ in recognition of individuals, community groups, organisations or businesses that have demonstrated commitment, initiative and leadership in the ‘championing’ of water safety in the Auckland region. This could include delivering water safety education, creating or implementing solutions

Learn to swim: just one piece of the puzzle

It is not just about swimming lessons, prompts WaterSafe Auckland in response to Labour’s call this week for greater access to swimming education for all Kiwi kids in an effort to curb New Zealand’s drowning toll. While we support Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkin’s efforts, in our professional experience very few drownings involve non-swimmers, says

Dying to help: water safety experts urge would-be rescuers to think before they leap

The successful execution of a water rescue last week highlights the importance of ‘safety first’ before attempting a rescue and only entering with water with some form of flotation, says WaterSafe Auckland. Since 1980, 93 people have drowned while trying to save another person. Typically it is the person in trouble that survives, and the

Decline in lifejacket use off rocks a concern: water safety officials

A joint statement from WaterSafe Auckland, Surf Life Saving Northern Region and Auckland Council.  Water safety experts are concerned at evidence of a dramatic decline in lifejacket use among rock fishers on Auckland’s notorious west coast. The finding comes from a just-released survey of west coast rock fishers by Auckland University researcher Dr Kevin Moran,

Larger lifejackets are available

Water safety experts and suppliers agree: large lifejackets are available and everyone has a right to be safe.  WaterSafe Auckland and lifejacket suppliers are urging anyone heading out to have fun on the water to get the right kit together, including a lifejacket that fits. Many guys have their favourite piece of fishing kit, a

Water safety experts call media forum on drowning

International drowning prevention expert and WaterSafe Auckland board member Dr Kevin Moran will lead a forum next Tuesday to discuss New Zealand’s drowning problem, and urges members of the media to attend. What: Media forum on drowning – the problem, the terminology, the reporting. When: 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Tuesday 6 December 2016 Where:  WaterSafe Auckland, 85 Westhaven