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How to stay water safe this summer

Drowning Prevention Auckland, the lead agency for water safety coordination and education in the Auckland region, wants to share its four main messages to remember this summer.


Closing date: 18 January 2019
This scholarship is attached to a Water Safety New Zealand funded study that is focused on understanding how different factors contribute to drowning risk for different individuals and groups and aims to ensure the water safety sector can:

Water Safety Champions Awards 2018

Our Water Safety Champion Awards, recognising organisations, community groups and individuals that have demonstrated commitment, initiative and leadership in the ‘championing’ of water safety education in the Auckland region. This could include delivering water safety education, creating or implementing solutions that address specific behaviours or problems, or raise awareness around a specific drowning issue.

Auckland drowning fatalities YTD

There have been 12 preventable* drowning deaths in Auckland in the year to December 7, 2018, reports Water Safety New Zealand.  In 2017 22 people died in preventable drowning incidents in Auckland, double that of the 2016 number. 68% of the drownings in Auckland are...

Your mobile won’t save your child from drowning

Joint media release: Drowning Prevention Auckland and Auckland Swimming Association  It’s not rocket science; preventing your child from drowning is as simple as putting your device away and focusing your attention on them, say Drowning Prevention Auckland and...

Dying to help: would-be rescuers urged to consider safety first

Take time to assess the risks and your own level of water competency, and only enter the water if you have some form of flotation with you, urges Drowning Prevention Auckland, concerned at further loss of life as a result of rescue attempts. Only two days in to 2018...

All we want for Christmas

All we want for Christmas Is for Aucklanders to prioritise safety of self and others around water so no family has to face losing a loved one to drowning this Christmas.    Swimming, fishing, picnics, camping, boating, or splashing in the backyard pool – they’re all...