Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is urging all New Zealanders to recreate responsibly during the Covid 19 Level 4 lock down period and stay out of the water. While it might seem tempting to head out to sea, the rivers, lakes or head for the hills for some remote recreation, the public is reminded that New Zealand’s water safety and search and... Keep Reading
WSNZ response to COVID-19
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) remains operational during the COVID-19 lockdown and our commitment to our partnerships and work programmes remains. Our main priority is the wellbeing of our people.
We are assessing the impacts of the current environment and planning contingencies to ensure we assess the risks and ensure business continuity. We’re actively following official information and advice from relevant authorities.
We will continue to provide drowning prevention leadership, advocacy and information to the best of our ability. We are contactable through all the normal channels and offer our support in any way that may help.
We urge all New Zealanders to recreate responsibly during the lockdown period and stay out of the water.
New Zealand’s water safety and search and rescue services are predominantly made up of volunteers who will also be in lockdown. WSNZ supports the positions of all its’ partner agencies who are united in their messaging.
If you get into trouble while in, on or around the water you will put others at risk who will have to come out of self-isolation to help you and potentially be exposed to COVID-19.
New Zealanders are asked to listen to the authorities and avoid high risk activity during this period that could potentially end up needing rescue or emergency services.
This is a time for New Zealanders to pull together to ensure that our emergency services are available to help those in highest need.
The Prime Ministers advice is clear. Stay at home to save lives.
Thank you for completing the feedback survey around how your programme delivery has been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
This information is critical as we adjust and plan for the future. Please be reassured that the staff at WSNZ are committed to our partnership with you and your water safety programmes.
We understand this is a difficult time but the information you have provided will help us plan water safety education and programme delivery in the near future.
We also understand that you need quick and clear feedback about the impact of COVID-19 on your contractual obligations with WSNZ.
We are currently analysing the feedback received and will get back to you as soon as we can with the next steps.