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Water Safety Month 2021



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.

Follow the month and all the water safety related posts and events on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.


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.

Brand Toolkit

Water Safety Month


Safer Boating Code

Visit the Safer Boating Website for full details.




Coastguard Boating Education's Safe Boating programme is designed to provide practical, boating and water safety experiences for children.

Ask about Safe Boating at your local aquatic centre. 

The programme includes in-water survival techniques, essential safety equipment (e.g. correct lifejacket selection and fitting), the importance of communications, and taking responsibility for personal safety. Boating activities are taught in a fun, controlled, and safe environment.

For more information contact Sarah Psaila. Phone 022 1978 295 or email:


Surf Life Saving New Zealand delivers beach safety education to students through Beach Education.

Beach Ed is a full day surf safety course delivered at the beach by surf lifeguards. 
The programme includes:

  • Tour of a  club
  • Teaching of surf safety rules 
  • Identification of and how to escape a rip current
  • Beach games - relating to a skill to stay safe on the beach including a sand sculpture of a rip current
  • How to set up a beach patrol - reinforces safety messages
  • Water activities - may include mock rescues, body boards, channel/hole identification, survival using flotation device.
  • Lifeguard in a rip
  • Being sun smart, the risks of hypothermia and first aid.


For Auckland, Waikato or Northland bookings, email: 

For the rest of New Zealand email:


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