Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland has an amazing array of coastlines, rivers, harbours and lakes. We are never far from water and many of us enjoy connecting with wai and participating in water-based activities. While this proximity to water is great for our wellbeing, it also comes with great risk. This is why the team at Drowning Prevention Auckland are so passionate about getting behind World Drowning Prevention Day and helping to prevent drowning in our community.
There are many ways to get involved and become a Wai Safety Champion:
Going Blue for World Drowning Prevention Day
Get your school, workplace or community group involved to raise awareness of World Drowning Prevention Day.
Ideas for marking World Drowning Prevention Day:
Host a 'Going Blue' event
Go blue on social
Take a photo of your group forming a water droplet. Share it to social (hashtags #DPAGoingBlue) and be in to win!
1 x family set of lifejackets and 1 x group water safety resource kit to be won. Read Terms and conditions.
Run a 'Going Blue' fundraiser
Share water safety messages
Join us at a dawn event
HE TAONGA TE WAI
This inaugural event will acknowledge our close connection with water and remember those who we have lost to drowning.
7am – 8.30am, Monday 25 July
St Mary’s Bay, Westhaven, Auckland
Download your World Drowning Prevention Day posters to promote how your organisation is supporting Going Blue for Drowning Prevention!
Download your World Drowning Prevention Day digital pack to promote the day on social media and your website.
DOWNLOAD DIGITAL PACK
He Taonga Te Wai Event Poster
Download the event poster to encourage your community to join us at He Taonga Te Wai – the inaugural commemorative dawn event.
DOWNLOAD EVENT POSTER
Download educational materials you can share with your community as part of your World Drowning Prevention Day activities.
Download activity sheets for early childhood centres, play centres, or any other group supporting under 5 year olds.
Download activity sheets for junior primary school aged children.
Download activity sheets for senior primary school and intermediate school aged children.
Download activity sheets for teenagers and adults to share with your secondary school, workplace, or community group.
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.
Lucky Dad could reach me
A significant and long lasting impact for Neko
I suddenly realised how far out I was
Free online water safety modules
Group Water Safety Programmes
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Ongoing water safety education is the key to making sure that you and your loved ones can connect with and enjoy the water safely.
Your donation will support continued water safety education in our community. With your help we will 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.
Your support is invaluable and means that we can support young children, students, parents and caregivers, adults, teachers and our diverse communities in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
So please, donate today, and together, we can make a meaningful and long-lasting impact where the need is greatest.
Also, don’t forget that when you make a donation of over $5.00, you can claim 33% of it back from IRD!
Legal Name: WaterSafe Auckland Incorporated, Charity Number: CC11454
Thank you for helping in preventing drowning now and forever.
How to donate
You can donate easily today using the online form.
Groups running fundraising/gold coin collections
Send us your kind donation via bank transfer to:
WaterSafe Auckland Inc t/a Drowning Prevention Auckland
Reference: your school, group or workplace name
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