WaterSafe Auckland Inc. (WAI) is the acknowledged lead agency for regional water safety coordination and education in the Auckland region. Our Vision is a water safe Auckland free from drowning. Our Mission is to prevent drowning through education. Our Goals and Objectives are based on the government Drowning Prevention Strategy. WAI actively uses this and the NZ Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS) as tools to build a water safety culture.
As one of the service delivery amenities under the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act 2008, WAI is mandated by the ratepayers of Auckland to deliver the best possible water safety education to meet the water safety needs of those living in and visiting the region, needs that are unique – geographically, demographically and statistically.
Our approach is to focus on three channels of engagement across Community, Education and Workplace to help reduce drowning and develop water competence across Auckland. We do this through professional development for educators, programme delivery with community groups and the workplace, and awareness-raising at events – all underpinned by research and evaluation.