Water Safety Month 2020
Oct 16 - Nov 18
Water Safety Month is an annual four week period in the lead up to summer focussed on raising awareness of New Zealand's high drowning toll, and to promote how all people of Aotearoa can play their part in behaving safely in, on and around water.
The first ever Water Safety Month was first held in 2019 to raise awareness of New Zealand's high drowning toll and to promote how all people of Aotearoa can play their part in behaving safely in, on and around water.
The campaign launched on Friday 18 October 2019 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 concluded 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.
We encourage any organisation to get involved and support water safety during Water Safety Month by creating your own event or activity and encourage people to learn and think about water safety.
Help us spread the word about being safe in, on and around the water. Download the brand toolkit and spread the word through your own social channels.