A lifejacket loan scheme with Pacific churches is being piloted in an effort to reduce drowning deaths among the Pacific community, particularly men while fishing and boating.

Under the scheme, each church has a set of lifejackets which they will manage and make available for their parishioners’ use.

Being safer in, on and around water is as much about making safer decisions as physical skills, so the provision of lifejackets has been accompanied by water safety education including in-water practical workshops delivered by Harry Aonga.

The scheme has been made possible through the collaboration of WaterSafe Auckland and ProCare Health, and the generous support of the Southern Trust in funding the lifejackets.

In the video featured below, church ministers, youth leaders and other representatives discuss the positive outcomes the scheme offers their community. Some of the practical work in the pool is also featured.

If you’d like to find out more about the scheme contact WaterSafe Auckland Pacific Drowning Prevention Coordinator Harry Aonga.

P 09 306 0809
harry.aonga@watersafe.org.nz