Water safety and COVID-19
Auckland is at Covid-19 Level 3. The rest of New Zealand is at Covid-19 Level 2.
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is urging all New Zealanders to recreate responsibly as the government works to get the latest COVID-19 outbreak under control.
The government advice for the Auckland region while under Level 3 is as follows:
Water-based activities are discouraged where they would expose participants to danger or require search and rescue services.
- Water-based activities involving sailing boats, powerboats, motorised craft such as jet skis, or equipment, or scuba diving are not allowed.
- Maintain physical distancing with people outside your bubble.
- Remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
For clarity on what activities are allowed under the different Alert Levels, you can go to www.COVID19outdoors.nz
This website that has been put together by the outdoor recreation sector is your personal outdoor activity guidance website for what recreation is permitted.
Simply select your location and outdoor recreation activity and the website will tell you what you need to know.
For the rest of the country under Level 2 the advice is to maintain social distancing and to stay home if you are feeling unwell and contact Healthline or your GP.
Know the Water Safety Code
If you are taking part in a water based activity remember the water safety code:
Watch out for yourself and others
Be aware of the dangers
Know your limits
Surf Life Saving New Zealand lifeguards are not on patrol, if you see someone in trouble in the water please dial 111 and ask for the Police.
For any enquiry you may have about Covid-19 and water safety, you may wish to use the form below.