Whether splashing around a paddling pool in the backyard, having a family picnic at the beach or taking to your boat, being on or near water is a part of our kiwi summer.
Fun in the sun and water go hand in hand, but we want it to be a safer playground for everyone.
Safe Summer is a collaborative campaign offering simple advice that you can follow to help keep yourself and others safer around water this summer.
- Actively supervise children near water – that means supervision by a competent adult, within arm’s reach and focused on the child without distraction
- Swim with others
- Choose to swim at patrolled beaches and between the flags
- Learning swimming and survival skills
- Obey safety signs and warnings
- Know your limits
- Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger
- Learning CPR and being ready to respond in an emergency
- Lifejackets – Take them and wear them
- Skipper responsibility – the skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and safe operation of the boat
- Check the marine weather forecast – if in doubt don’t go out
- Be visible – help us to help you
- Don’t add alcohol to the mix
- Know before you go the Water Safety and Boating Safety Codes
For more information on Safe Summer contact Barbara Venville-Gibbons, Regional Promotions Manager –firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 0275 233 253
More specific safety advice can be found within the Community Safety pages.