Water Skills for Life is all about kids having fun while they learn water safety. The national standard for aquatic education in primary schools, Water Skills for Life will be promoted to parents and caregivers on national television from early October 2018. The new TV commercial incorporates students from Titahi Bay primary school as the tal... Keep Reading
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In May 2018 a hui was organised by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) that bought together key Māori Water Safety stakeholders from across New Zealand. Attendees at the hui represented a wide range of stakeholder organisations and collectives and had expertise in water safety and drowning prevention for Māori across a range of activities. The f... Keep Reading
The recent Water Safety Sector Capability Review noted the potential for local government’s role in water safety sector to change in response to climate change and changes in New Zealand’s population age structure, ethnicity and location. As a result, the water safety sector’s relationship with local government was something ... Keep Reading
School teachers and swim teachers attended professional learning development for Water Skills for Life, on 20 August, in Rotorua. Water Skills For Life was developed for children in Years 1 - 8 to learn water safety. Based on 27 core skills, it establishes broad fundamental competencies for life-long water safety. Keep Reading
WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills says it’s great to be connecting with the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation to ensure more young Kiwis get high priority water safety training – and it’s important to extend the training to families too. WSNZ will now be working with the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation on an ongoing basis so more children can... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand is calling for all Kiwis to stay water safe over Christmas and New Year during what is traditionally the highest period for preventable drowning fatalities.Currently the toll for 2017 is 13 ahead of 2016 and the early start to summer means ... Keep Reading
Another study has revealed dropping levels of aquatic education in New Zealand schools, heightening concern from Water Safety agencies. A new study by Associate Professor Chris Button of Otago University shows New Zealand children lack the basic knowledge to save themselves in the water. The study of 48 primary school aged children (6-11 years)... Keep Reading
Kids, don't do this at home! Reaching over the side of your boat for your camera or anything for that matter, especially while the boat's in gear and you're all alone, is a really stupid thing to do. Chances of survival if you fall into the drink are next to none. But there's one lucky Kiwi who definitely had the Olympian God of the Oceans... Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand's safety messages remain the same this summer; be prepared, watch out for yourself and others, be aware of the dangers and know your limits. The Swim Reaper stands as a timely reminder to everyone that, while it’s great to enjoy our beautiful swimming spots, making bad choices around water can have deadly consequences. Keep Reading
Don't jump on your mate. That is so not cool. But you know what is cool. That you've actually got a mate. So give it some time between jumpers. Seriously. You've got a mate, try to keep him! And good on you for hanging out together. Swimming alone is NOT OK. I'm certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I've seen enough to know that... Keep Reading