Water Safety Month in full swing
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Water Safety Month is an initiative by Water Safety New Zealand to raise awareness to the nation’s high drowning rate and promote being safe when in, on or around our waters.
There have been 71 preventable drownings in the Bay of Plenty alone. The month runs from 16 Oct – 18 Nov and has many events being hosted around the Bay by local providers.
“Water Safety Month is a great opportunity to get active, get wet and have fun,” says Dave White, Regional Water Safety Manager.
“The days are getting warmer and there’s many events happening during the month that all touch on water safety in one way or another.
“With the fourth highest regional preventable drowning rate in New Zealand, it’s important we all come together to recognise the importance of being safe in, on and around the water,” White says.
Events across the month include information to help toddlers improve their water confidence, SUP safety sessions and sea kayaking workshops.
The first ever Water Safety Month was in 2019. The month is an initiative of the Safer Boating Forum, 23 boating and water safety organisations, including Maritime NZ, Coastguard NZ, Surf Lifesaving NZ, Water Safety NZ, Drowning Prevention Auckland, Harbourmasters, the marine industry and many boating organisations.
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