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Rip Current Safety
Getting caught in a rip current is an all-too-common occurence at our surf beaches in Aotearoa, with tens of thousands of rescues taking place every year and many of the fatal drownings at beaches being directly related to rip currents. Over the last ten years, over...
From Splash Participant to Water Safety Ambassador
Kairo Jacobs came through the Splash Break-Away programme and is now a Water Safety Ambassador. Read his story about his initial reluctance and just how much he gets out of working within the community.“I first started the Splash Programme when I was around 12 years...
Water Safety Advisers Returning After Last Year’s Success
MEDIA RELEASE | 17 December 2021 With the arrival of warmer weather and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, more New Zealanders will be heading to their favourite watering hole for a picnic and a swim. Drowning Prevention Auckland (DPA) wants everyone to enjoy the...
Podcast: Recreation Diving – Lessons Learnt
In this podcast, Clayton Wikaira chats to his whanaunga about recreational diving safety and the lessons they've learnt through experience.
DPA Launches New Adult Water Safety eLearning Module
Drowning Prevention Auckland has launched a new eLearning module for adults which aims to address the gap between perception and reality when it comes to water competency. The objective is to help the higher risk group of older adults stay safe by improving their...
Diving Safety Podcast 2
Clayton continues his tips for safe diving practices, this time focusing on the importance of having the correct gear and how it can help keep you safe while you are diving.
Diving Safety Podcast 1
Aquatic Educator Clayton Wikaira presents this podcast which draws safety tips and information from his 30+ years of experience diving for kaimoana. Watch to hear about Clayton's own close call and learn how to stay safe while free diving for kai.
The West Coast Rock Fishing Safety Project
The West Coast Rock Fishing Safety project is a programme to help educate rock fishers on how to keep themselves and others safer when rock fishing. This project began in 2006 due to a spate of rock fishing fatalities on Auckland’s West Coast in 2005 (5 drownings in 4...
PLD: Teaching Aquatics – Are You Up To Speed?
A professional learning opportunity for ALL aquatic education teachers in primary and secondary schools. This one-day workshop will focus on current evidence-based practice in aquatic education and will include FREE in-school support.If aquatic education is to be...