Moving water such as rain water and streams can easily knock over young children and uneven or slippery ground further hinders their ability to stand up. Always stay with young children in or near the water.

Identify where water hazards such as creeks, drains, drain inlets, grey water overflows or neighbourhood home swimming pools are in your community.

Be extra vigilant in supervising youngsters around creeks and drains after rain.

Safety Tips – Public/Community pools

Look at the most Frequently asked Questions on learning to swim (right).

WaterSafe Auckland, Swimming New Zealand and the Auckland Regional Council have produced a brochure on early childhood aquatics ‘Early Childhood Aquatic and Water Safety’. You can order a copy of this from our Resources page.

  • Swimming lessons do not prevent drowning. A young child who can swim still requires close supervision
  • Swim schools are listed either:
    – In the yellow pages
    – On the website: www.swiminfo.co.nz

For more information visit www.swimmingnz.org.nz