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Water Safety Tips for Summer

22 December 2010
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Water Safety Tips for Summer

Swimming, fishing, picnics, camping - all typical Kiwi summer holiday activities which invariably involve water of some kind. As families prepare to enjoy the myriad of pools, beaches and waterways on offer, WaterSafe Auckland wants them to think about the little things that can help keep themselves, family and friends safer in, on and around water.

• Learn swimming and water safety survival skills – and CPR, be ready to respond in an emergency

• Choose to swim at patrolled beaches and swim between the flags – if there are no patrols learn how to recognise dangers such as rips and avoid them

• Actively supervise children near water – that means adult supervision within arm’s reach, focused on the child, not reading or texting

• Wear a lifejacket when rock fishing or in small boats – it’s the one thing that could save your life if you fall in to the water

• Check the latest marine forecast and tides before heading out on the water, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return, and carry at least two forms of communication on your person – so you can call for assistance

• Don’t add alcohol to the mix - never when supervising children in and around water

• Know your responsibilities around home pools and spas, including inflatable or portable pools

“Finally”, adds Teresa Stanley, WaterSafe Auckland’s Business Manager, ”remember that swimming lessons don’t make children safe, only safer. So don’t over-estimate your child’s ability to cope in the open water environment even if they know how to swim.”

With a little planning and care everyone can enjoy their time around water these holidays. For more water safety advice visit www.watersafe.org.nz


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