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School adds water safety into outdoor education

School adds water safety into outdoor education

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) provides the perfect opportunity for students to develop aquatic competencies. Bringing learning to life and finding out first-hand how to stay safer in, on and around the water. Drowning Prevention Auckland (DPA) works with...

Save the date: World Drowning Prevention Day 25 July

Save the date: World Drowning Prevention Day 25 July

Go blue for World Drowning Prevention Day! Our country has one of the highest drowning rates in the developed world. Last year 90 families and communities in Aotearoa were heartbroken by this tragic loss of life. Save the date for World Drowning Prevention Day on 25...

Promoting the Aquatic Employment Pathway

Promoting the Aquatic Employment Pathway

Unleash your potential... ride the waves of employment with us! The DPA team was amongst the thousands at the ASB PolyFest over the past week, playing a support role for the Wai ora Tāmaki Makaurau promotional booth, addressing the employment journeys within the...

Lobbying for Lifejacket Bylaw Change

Lobbying for Lifejacket Bylaw Change

Navigating Towards Safer Waters: Push for changes to Auckland's Lifejacket Bylaw In the past quarter, we have been advocating for a crucial update to Auckland's Navigational Bylaw. Currently, skippers of vessels under 6 metres have the choice of whether those on board...

DPA boosts water safety for ACC Have a hmm campaign

DPA boosts water safety for ACC Have a hmm campaign

'Have a hmmm' is a constructive wero (challenge) from ACC to Aotearoa: Take action to avoid injury and keep yourself, your whānau, friends and community safe and well. DPA joined forces with ACC and sector partners to offer expertise for a series of water safety...

Kai Gathering with Te Ara a Hape

Kai Gathering with Te Ara a Hape

The youth group from Makaurau Marae recently completed our Kai Gathering programme which ended on a high with two open water dives at Te Kohuroa/Matheson Bay. The conditions on the day were perfect for the dive with some serious excitement levels! Prior to reaching...

Spring Research Forum 2023

WHEN 2pm, Wednesday 22 November WHERE Ponsonby Cruising Club, 141 – 151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland RSVP to [email protected] by Thursday 16 NovemberThis year our annual research forum showcases the presentations that will be given at the World...

Wai Wise: Free water safety programme for Indian community

Wai Wise: Free water safety programme for Indian community

Come and try out new water activities and learn how to be safer, in on and around the water. Wai Wise is a free, half day programme open to the Indian community (aged 15+). Participants will increase knowledge and awareness of the different and unique water...

New eLearning module for parents and caregivers of under fives

New eLearning module for parents and caregivers of under fives

Concerted efforts in education for parents and young children, together with legislation around pool fences and barriers have significantly reduced drowning in children aged under five-years. However, under-fives still comprise 6% of preventable drowning fatalities...

Podcasts

Sam talks to Steve Bloxham from Auckland Council about Pool Safety

Clayton talks about Kai Gathering with his elder brother Manu Wikaira and his friend Joseph Rawiri

Teresa talks to Mick Kearney from SLSNZ about Public Rescue Equipment (PRE)

Nicola talks to Harry and Clayton about their community programmes

Sarah talks to Victoria from North Piha SLSC about being a lifeguard

Harry talks to Stuart Leighton from Auckland Council about Rock Fishing

James talks to Jonathan from Aakron Xpress and Sarah from Coastguard Boating Education about Boat Safety

Tom talks to Stuart Leighton from Auckland Council about our Coastal Awareness Course