Preventing drowning, together.

Your donation will help families like Rihari’s to come home safe to their loved ones.

Drowning Fatalities

New Zealand 1980-2021

Auckland 1980

Auckland 2021

Auckland Year-to-date

As of 31 March 2023
Reference: Water Safety New Zealand. (2022). DrownBase Database

Make a difference – donate today!

Drowning can affect anyone, at any time. It is tragic and heart-breaking, but it is also preventable.

Ongoing water safety education is the key to making sure that you and your loved ones can connect with and enjoy the water safely so that everyone returns home to their family.

Drowning Prevention Auckland provides water safety coordination and education in the Auckland region. Our vision is an Auckland, free from drowning, achieved through the development of water competence, as well as changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

Our approach is across three channels of engagement and delivery: where we live (community); where we work (workplace); and where we learn (education). Through a range of innovative and enjoyable learning opportunities we can help you, your family, community and workplace be safer in, on and around water.

Help us achieve our vision by donating and ensure we prevent drowning through education, research and advocacy.

With your help we will continue to develop and maintain a range of educational resources, from online water safety modules, to school, workplace and community programmes designed to benefit every age and all water-based activities.

Donate now and become a Wai Safety Champion by helping us keep our community safer around water. Donations of $1,000 or more make you one of our Wai Safety Heroes. We value any support you can give and every donation helps. All donations go towards providing continued drowning prevention education to you, to your whānau and our community.

Together we can prevent drowning in Tāmaki Makaurau and make a difference in our community now and for the future generations!

Wai Safety Champions

Every little thing you do to prevent drowning makes you a Wai Safety Champion.

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Anyone can drown, no one should

Drowning doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time. The stories below are just a few of the hundreds of drownings, whether fatal, or non-fatal, that happen each year in Aotearoa. By sharing these stories we hope to help others keep safe around water.

The day that everything changed

I suddenly realised how far out I was

Lucky Dad could reach me

A significant and long lasting impact for Neko

Remembering Changho

If you’d like to share your story, please get in touch, [email protected].

If you, or someone you know, would like some support through any grief you are experiencing, you can contact The Grief Centre. | 09 418 1457 | [email protected]