DPA Covid-19 Programme Table

DPA Covid-19 Programme Table

We are keeping drowning prevention education alive!

At Alert Level 2.5, the majority of our programmes are able to be delivered in some capacity. This table hopefully shows what we are able to deliver at the different Covid-19 levels. We will keep up communication either through our website and or through our social media pages.

We’ve worked hard to set up our programmes and be as agile as possible during this pandemic. We are doing everything possible and necessary to follow the health and safety guidelines from the Ministry of Health NZ. We ask that you help us by also following these guidelines.

Thanks for your continued support,

Take care,
The team at DPA.

Drowning Prevention Auckland is the official ambassador for Aakron Xpress boats, outboards and trailers

Drowning Prevention Auckland is the official ambassador for Aakron Xpress boats, outboards and trailers

Drowning Prevention Auckland (DPA), the lead agency for water safety coordination and education in the Auckland region, is proud to announce the sponsorship agreement it has with Aakron Xpress.

Aakron Xpress is New Zealand’s premium dealer of Highfield Boats New Zealand; the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminium-hull rigid inflatable boats (RIBS).

This formal sponsorship agreement demonstrates the shared goals of water safety that exist between our organisations. Boat safety in, on and around the water is paramount for drowning prevention in Auckland and is such a priority for Aakron Express, that for every boat sold, they make sure the new owner has the necessary lifejackets to stay safe when using the Highfield boat they have purchased.

Aakron Xpress have sponsored Drowning Prevention Auckland the Highfield Club 420 boat, Suzuki engine and a trailer. The Club 420 boat is perfect for Drowning Prevention Auckland’s open water programmes especially its Kai Moana Gathering and Coastal Awareness programmes. The Club 420 offers the strength and durability of an aluminium hull and the spacious practicality that is required. The Club 420 boat is also a tough, reliable and safe boat which gives our team of aquatic educators the tools to be able to educate about drowning prevention appropriately.

A big thank you from the team at Drowning Prevention Auckland. We know that this partnership will enable us to effectively work towards our overall goal of reducing the drowning toll in the Auckland region.

Visit their website: https://www.aakronxpress.co.nz

For further questions, please contact: [email protected]

 

2019 AGM & Māori Water Safety Mātāpono

2019 AGM & Māori Water Safety Mātāpono

We had a great AGM & Māori Water Safety Mātāpono.

Congratulations to our Water Safety Champion award winners:

Individual Water Safety Champion Award: Danielle Turner & Maree Lloyd

Community Water Safety Champion Award: John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams

Long Service Water Safety Champion Award:  Nick Tompkins

Also a Life Membership Award to Jan Taylor.

WaterSafe Auckland Inc AGM & Matapono

WaterSafe Auckland Inc AGM & Matapono

Please join us for the 25th Annual General Meeting of WaterSafe Auckland Inc., also including a focus on our Māori Water Safety Matapono and our annual Water Safety Champion Awards

When: 1:30pm – 3.00pm, Monday 2nd December 2019.
Where: 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland.

1.35pm – 2.30pm: Māori Water Safety Matapono

2.30pm – 2.45pm: Annual General Meeting
Agenda
• Welcome.
• Apologies.
• Confirmation of Quorum.
• Confirmation of the Minutes of the 24th AGM held 12 November 2018.
• Presentation and adoption of Chairperson’s Report.
• Presentation and adoption of Annual Report 2019.
• Election of Officers.
• Appointment of Auditor.
• Appointment of Legal Advisor.
• General Business pertinent to the Annual General Meeting.
Each full member (in accordance with Clause 2.1(c)) shall be entitled to designate an individual chosen by that member to represent them and vote on their behalf at the Annual General Meeting.

2.45pm – 3.00pm: Water Safety Champion Awards

3.00pm: Closing and Refreshments

RSVP 22 November 2019 to Samantha Gunther at samantha@dpanz.org.nz 

In accordance with Clause 2.1(c) of the Rules, each full member shall be entitled to designate an individual chosen by that member to represent them and vote on their behalf at the Annual General Meeting. Proxy voting forms are available upon request, email samantha@dpanz.org.nz or phone 09 376 5114.

Drowning Prevention Auckland is the winner of the NZ Recreation Aotearoa Innovation Award

Drowning Prevention Auckland is the winner of the NZ Recreation Aotearoa Innovation Award

Last night, Drowning Prevention Auckland won the Aquatic Innovation Award for its eLearning platform which is a world first.

The prestigious award was given at the 2019 New Zealand Recreation Aotearoa Aquatic Awards, held in Queenstown.  The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements in the aquatics sector nationwide.

DPA Acting General Manager Sandie Gusscott says it is an honour to receive the award for a platform that takes users through a number of scenarios around water safety competence.

Ms Gusscott says although the modular eLearning platform was initially developed for DPA the organisation wants to collaborate with the whole aquatic sector to make water safety education accessible for all New Zealander’s.”

She says the development has been a team effort built on team expertise in conjunction  with Queenstown based media company 360NZ.

“The aim of our eLearning platform is to increase the understanding and knowledge of water safety, as well as assist in the development of practical skills, within the community, workplace and school settings.

“Participants can acquaint themselves with competencies before practising in a pool or open water and learners can complete a variety of tasks within each module,” she says.

The tasks have student activities, teaching points and videos that take the viewer through skills step by step. Developmentally appropriate teaching resources also sit alongside the platform to assist in the learning.

Ms Gusscott says it’s important to recognise support from Te Mangai Paho, Lion Foundation and Grassroots Trust because without them the platform would still be an idea.

Drowning Prevention Auckland are excited to get this amazing initiative started and look forward to working with Water Safety New Zealand and other organisations in the aquatic sector to share a collaborative approach to drowning prevention in New Zealand.

The eLearning platform can be found at: https://www.dpanz.org.nz/e-learning/

For further questions, please contact: [email protected]

Drowning Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

Drowning Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

WaterSafe Auckland Inc (trading as Drowning Prevention Auckland) has appointed Nicola Keen-Biggelaar as its Chief Executive.

Drowning Prevention board chair Denise Atkins says Nicola brings business acumen in the commercial and ‘profit for purpose’ sector through her work in corporate social responsibility and general manager roles.

Dr Atkins says Nicola’s experience adds to the powerful work the organisation has underway across many sectors of Auckland’s diverse communities. Drowning Prevention delivers evidence-based water safety education from kai-gathering at coastal locations to water competence basics for youngsters in early childhood education.

“Nicola will continue to foster our partnerships both with funding providers and the Auckland Council – enabling our aquatic educators to continue ensuring the downward trend of our regional drowning statistics”.

Nicola Keen-Biggelaar says she’s looking forward to continuing the organisation’s work reducing the number of drownings in the Auckland region.

“As a region we are surrounded by water and I feel passionate about making sure every child and adult has access to the education they need to be competent and feel confident around water – whether they’re at the local pool, or at one of our many beautiful beaches and to know what the risks are and how to avoid them.”

She says while Auckland drowning statistics of 1.4 per 100,000 people is better than the national average of 1.8 deaths per 100,000, there’s still work to be done.

Ms Keen-Biggelaar says she’s looking forward to working with a team of committed educators running courses in schools, communities and workplaces to ensure no more lives are lost unnecessarily especially as the region heads towards a long and hopefully hot summer.

Nicola Keen Biggelaar begins her new role mid October.

Contact: Sandie Gusscott, Acting GM
T: 09 3060809
E: [email protected]

Water Safety Champion Awards 2019 (Taonga Tuku, Whakaihuwaka Wai Haumaru 2019)

Water Safety Champion Awards 2019 (Taonga Tuku, Whakaihuwaka Wai Haumaru 2019)

Nominations are open for our Water Safety Champion Awards
https://www.surveygizmo.com/…/Water-Safety-Champion-Awards-…

Purpose:

  • The DPA Water Safety Awards recognise individuals and organisations that have demonstrated commitment, initiative and leadership in the ‘championing’ of water safety education in the Auckland region.
  • This could include delivering water safety education, creating or implementing solutions that address behaviours or a problem, or raise awareness around a specific drowning issue.

Time Frame:

  • Friday 1 November 2019 – Nominations close
  • Friday 15 November 2019 – Finalists announced
  • Monday 2 December 2019 – Awards presented at DPA AGM

Categories:

Community Water Safety Champion (Whakaihuwaka Hāpori, wai haumaru)

  • Awarded to group that is judged to have made the most significant contribution to Drowning Prevention in the Auckland region.
  • This could include delivery of water safety education, developing solutions to address a drowning issue or demonstrating leadership at the highest level in the area of drowning prevention.
  • This is open to community groups, organisations or businesses.

Individual Water Safety Champion (Whakaihuwaka Takitahi, wai haumaru)

  • Awarded to an individual that is judged to have made the most significant contribution to Drowning Prevention in the Auckland region.
  • This could include delivery of water safety education, developing solutions to address a drowning issue or demonstrating leadership at the highest level in the area of drowning prevention.

Long Service Water Safety Champion (Whakaihuwaka Te Ūroa, wai haumaru)

  • Awarded to an individual that is judged to have made a significant contribution to Drowning Prevention in the Auckland region for five years or more (cumulative), through visible and active involvement in drowning prevention activities.
  • This could include delivery of water safety education, developing solutions to address a drowning issue or demonstrating leadership at the highest level in the area of drowning prevention.

Conditions of entry:

  • Employees of Drowning Prevention Auckland are not eligible to enter or be nominated in these Awards.
  • Nominations close 1 November 2019.
  • Nominees may be nominated for more than one category.
  • To be valid, nominations must be received on the prescribed form, completed, with all relevant supporting documentation.
  • Judging is entirely neutral and based on merit and will be undertaken by a panel of three individuals. Discussion will remain confidential and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  • Information provided in nominations (including any images/videos) may be publicly available and may also feature in Drowning Prevention Auckland coverage unless otherwise requested.
  • Contribution must have been made in the Auckland region, in the previous 12 month in the case of the Community and Individual categories.

Nomination Process:

  • Nominations can be made online at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5093084/Water-Safety-Champion-Awards-2019
  • Additional supporting documents, photos and/or videos are welcomed. Email to [email protected], or share via Dropbox or other file sharing platforms.
  • All information collected for the purposes of the Drowning Prevention Auckland Water Safety Champion Awards 2019 will be kept confidential.
  • Entries close midday Friday 1st November 2019.
  • For more information about the awards process or if you need assistance with submitting your nomination please contact:

Samantha Gunther

Business Manager

Drowning Prevention Auckland

P: 021 129 2760

E: [email protected]

Drowning Prevention Auckland Receives Funding to Create 5 New Lifejacket Hubs

Drowning Prevention Auckland Receives Funding to Create 5 New Lifejacket Hubs

Westhaven, Auckland – Drowning Prevention Auckland has been successful in receiving funding for five lifejacket hubs from Maritime NZ.

Auckland is very much surrounded by water environments and a large number of Aucklanders and visitors make use of our water environments. With that; Auckland sadly has the highest number of drownings in the country as it has the highest population. We need to continue our education, collaboration and equipping Aucklander’s and visitors with the right equipment and knowledge to bring the drowning toll down.

Our lifejacket hub project supports strong organisations and clubs to make a difference in reducing drownings. Together we can make lifejackets available to the community through the hubs located around the Auckland region.

The lifejacket hubs will be located in various parts of Auckland. such as boats clubs, surf clubs and community venues where they also support the community for easy accessibility to all Aucklanders.  Through these lifejacket hubs we can get  key water safety and boating safety messages out and known to all.

This funding will setup five lifejacket hubs in the Auckland region in the following authorities: Rodney District, Waitakere, Auckland City, Franklin District and Manukau City. Each lifejacket hub will have 70 child and adult sized lifejackets available to the community. These lifejackets will equip a large number of Aucklander’s and visitors with lifejackets as needed on boats 6m and under and other water craft.

As Maritime NZ says: “Lifejackets are essential for all recreational activities on the water”. “Each year on average, 19 or 20 people die in recreational boating accidents in New Zealand. Research shows that not wearing a lifejacket is the leading risk factor”.

By having the lifejacket hubs; we want to equip people with a lifejacket when going out onto the water and we want to take the risk factor away and bring down the drowning toll.

Our main aim with this project is to educate and equip the people or groups with the right equipment and key water safety education before they head out onto the water.

For further questions, please contact: [email protected]

Press Release: Drowning Prevention Auckland to present at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention

Press Release: Drowning Prevention Auckland to present at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention

Westhaven, Auckland – Drowning Prevention Auckland has had seven abstracts accepted for the upcoming World Conference on Drowning Prevention 8th – 10th October in Durban, South Africa.

This biennial conference brings together the world’s leading experts, research, systems and information on drowning prevention, rescue, lifesaving and water safety. The exchange, debate and development are designed to find ways to reduce death and injury in all aquatic environments worldwide.

Drowning Prevention Auckland is excited to present the following abstracts at this prominent conference:

  • Aquatic education in New Zealand schools; a sustainable approach for life-long learning.
  • Teaching 15 water competencies in a water safety intervention through eLearning.
  • Older, wiser, riskier? Perceptions of water competency and drowning risk among older adults.
  • What is the difference? – Perceived and actual adult water competence in open water
  • Online learning for developing Water Competence.

Drowning Prevention Auckland will be represented by our esteemed Research Officer: Teresa Stanley and Aquatic Educator: Lynley Stewart. They have both been working at the organisation and in the sector for many years and are abundantly experienced.

Drowning Prevention Auckland’s Chief Executive, Davin Bray, says that the upcoming World Conference on Drowning Prevention is a great platform to present what we have been researching and implementing for the past two years, and what we plan on doing in the future. We find ourselves leading the way in how we educate and communicate to prevent drownings. It is great to see our hard work getting recognised. Also invaluable is the opportunity to learn, bring back ideas to implement to ensure we continue to deliver best practice.

More information can be found at: www.dpanz.org.nz

For further questions, please contact: [email protected]

Mid Winter Forum

Mid Winter Forum

When: 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Monday 1st July 2019.
Where: 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland. 

Agenda: 

4.00pm: Arrival (Tea & Coffee)

4.15pm: Welcome and Update on DPA e-Learning 

4.25pm: Pania Elliott from Auckland Council
Navigational Safety Bylaw 2014 Review

4.35pm: Stacey Pidgeon from RLSS Australia
 Utilising models and frameworks to assess drowning risk
and to guide prevention strategies

5.05pm: Teresa Stanley from Drowning Prevention Auckland
Are older adults at increased risk of drowning?

5.25pm: Dr Kevin Moran from Drowning Prevention Auckland
Can you get in (safely)?

5.45pm: Panel / Questions

6.00pm: Refreshments