Soaring numbers of inexperienced boaties are heading out to sea in Auckland concerning water safety advocates. Research* shows a dramatic increase in the numbers of new boat trailer registrations and a high percentage of boaties on the water with fewer than five years experience. WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills says the figures are a concern ... Keep Reading
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Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) will continue to focus its investment in drowning prevention on Water Skills for Life and it has also launched a new research fund to find new insights into this country’s drowning problem. Drowning is the leading cause of recreational death, the second highest cause of death by unintentional injury for 1... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand and The Warehouse are working to address a lag in vital water safety skills in New Zealand primary school children. Student achievement records in Water Skills for Life, signify low levels of achievement across a number of floating and propulsion skills, including floating on your back for one... Keep Reading
Research by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has revealed over a third of kiwis have experienced a serious situation in the water, and continue to underestimate the danger posed by our waterways. In WSNZ’s third annual Attitudes and Behaviour survey drowning is recognised as a problem by 84% o... Keep Reading
New research by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) shows the Swim Reaper water safety campaign appears to be changing attitudes and behaviour. The campaign is designed to target young males aged 15 to 34 who make up a third of New Zealand’s annual drowning toll. Keep Reading
Safety agencies urge day trippers to be prepared The preventable drowning of an international student at Tauranga's Omanawa Falls has highlighted how New Zealand’s natural beauty can mask the danger that exists in our great outdoors. The death of 27 year old Kishore Kumar Aravindan is the 30th preventable drowning in New Zealand for 20... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is looking to broaden the reach of Water Skills for Life and fund research to fill knowledge gaps on New Zealand’s drowning problem. WSNZ’s Investment Programme is now open to applications and the priorities for 2018/19 are the ongoing implementation of Water Skills for Life (WSFL) for children in Years 1 - 8... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand Hoping for a Drowning Free Easter Weekend 29/03/2018 Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is calling on Kiwis to think about water safety this Easter. “Traditionally Easter is one of the last opportunities to take the boat out or head to our beaches, lakes and rivers before winter sets in” says CEO Jonty Mill... Keep Reading
Easter a Great Time for Families to Think About Water Safety 29/03/2018 Easter is all about spending time with family and reflection and it’s also a good opportunity to assess how your family prioritises aquatic education for children. New Zealand’s drowning toll is appallingly high per capita for a developed country, and in 201... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is pleased with the focus placed on water safety by The 24-Hour Endurance Yacht Race taking place on Wellington Harbour on 3-4th March 2018. The race pushes competitors to extremes so Race Director Theo Muller from Lowry Bay Yacht Club says. Keep Reading
In 2017 there were 88 recreational (intending to be in the water) and non-recreational (no intention of being in the water) preventable drowning fatalities. The following analysis of fatalities is based on these 88 incidents in 2017 which represent an increase of 10, or 13%, compared to 2016. Keep Reading
Keeping safe in the water is one of the life skills being taught at Te Taitimu Trust’s annual five-day Summer Camp in partnership with Ngati Pahauwera Development Trust and with support from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ). Keep Reading
Figures from Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) indicate the preventable fatal drowning* toll for the official holiday period (running from 4.00pm 22nd December 2017 to 6.00am 3rd January 2018) is five Keep Reading