Here's 8 ways to keep babies and toddlers safe around water. Introducing children to water in ‘fun’ ways, in the familiar surroundings of their own home can help children learn to enjoy water safely throughout their lives. Start this from birth. Keep Reading
Campaigns & Communications
Water Safety New Zealand manages targeted campaigns to reduce drowning and increase awareness of water safety issues and understandings. In particular we work to improve drowning prevention outcomes for high risk and hard to reach groups.
These campaigns interweave with targeted education programmes, delivered by our service partners, where we seek to impact people’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.
In addition, we provide across-the-board communications on all water safety issues to the sector and general public.
This website is the hub of our communications activity (together with Water Skills for Life and Swim Reaper) with news links, media releases and stories providing a constant stream of sector information and opinions. In addition, social media, email and other channels provide further reach.
Archive of campaign items
An archive of news, from around New Zealand and the world, relating to the Water Safety New Zealand Swim Reaper campaign and issues involving water safety, better water skills and drowning prevention. Keep Reading
Kids, don't do this at home! Reaching over the side of your boat for your camera or anything for that matter, especially while the boat's in gear and you're all alone, is a really stupid thing to do. Chances of survival if you fall into the drink are next to none. But there's one lucky Kiwi who definitely had the Olympian God of the Oceans... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand's safety messages remain the same this summer; be prepared, watch out for yourself and others, be aware of the dangers and know your limits. The Swim Reaper stands as a timely reminder to everyone that, while it’s great to enjoy our beautiful swimming spots, making bad choices around water can have deadly consequences. Keep Reading