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Water Safety Month 2019

New Zealand’s first Water Safety Month has started. We're raising awareness of New Zealand's high drowning toll and promoting how all people of Aotearoa can play their part in behaving safely in, on and around water.

The campaign launched on Friday 18 October at St Mary's Bay, Auckland by The Minister of Transport Phil Twyford, WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills and leaders from a number of water safety organisations.



Water Safety Month is an initiative of the Safer Boating Forum, 23 boating and water safety organisations including Maritime NZ, Coastguard NZ, Surf Life Saving NZ, Water Safety NZ, Drowning Prevention Auckland, harbourmasters, the marine industry and many boating organisations.

It concludes on Saturday 23 November at St Mary’s Bay with Water Safety New Zealand and Drowning Prevention Auckland running a family, have a go Water Safety Day from 2pm - 6pm with a number of sector organisations involved. Boating and water safety organisations will then continue their safety programmes and events throughout summer.

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A day at the Bay

A free, family, fun day at St Marys Bay, Westhaven Marina, Auckland. 23 November, 2-6pm Saturday. This is a water safety beach day for families to come together for water experiences in a safe and controlled way. There'll be free kayaking, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding displays and chances to have a go. On shore there'll be aquatic... Keep Reading



Activities this month

Maritime NZ's  'prep, check, know’ – prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules before getting back on the water.
Coastguard NZ has expanded its Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade, with the Old4New van visiting 63 locations around the country this summer.  Maintenance and replacement is key to ensure lifejackets work when they are needed.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand says that the safest place to swim is between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach. Anyone who gets caught in a rip should remember and practice the three R’s – Relax and float, Raise your hand and Ride the rip to have the best chance of getting to safety.Hundreds of thousands of boaties are now using small paddle craft, like kayaks and stand up paddle boards, and jet skis and the numbers are going up fast.
People using these types of craft don’t always know the risks they face. This summer there will be new pilot programmes to meet people on the beaches and provide them with simple, fun advice and help, including one by the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers.
Water Safety NZ will be reinforcing its message around constant active adult supervision of toddlers and small children at all times around water. This year already there have been six fatalities involving under-fives.
Water Safety NZ’s annual funding round will this year invest $2 million in drowning prevention programmes. The main focus is Water Skills for Life training in primary schools.  Water Safety NZ is also investing in Māori drowning prevention and regional water safety strategies in the high risk areas of Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

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