Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

“If in doubt, stay out!” safety video launches

“If in doubt, stay out!” safety video launches with surf lifeguards, police and swimmers

“If in doubt, stay out!” is the key message for Kiwis heading out for a swim this summer, launching today in a new collaborative water safety video between Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ), New Zealand Police and Swimming New Zealand.

With a long, dry, hot summer predicted the three organisations have joined forces in an effort to keep Kiwis safe this holiday season and reduce the drowning toll by releasing the video with messages that could save your life, or someone else’s.

Last year 92 people lost their lives and drowned in New Zealand waterways, and this is a statistic the trio are keen to reduce.

With millions of New Zealanders visiting the beach each year and most Kiwis living within 120 kilometres of a beach, SLSNZ’s National Lifesaving Manager Allan Mundy said it’s vital to follow the beach safety messages.

“We are so lucky to live in a country with fantastic beaches but this means we have to be vigilant when it comes to keeping safe. It’s so important to always choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.

“You also need to keep a very close eye on children in or near the water, keep them (young children) within arm’s length when swimming, and don’t overestimate their ability, or yours, to cope in the conditions,” he added.

Rip currents, often referred to as rips, are one of the main causes of SLSNZ’s 1,062 life-threatening rescues and Mundy said it’s important to know how to spot them, but also what to do if you’re caught in one.

“Rip currents will carry you away from shore but it’s really important to stay calm. Lie on your back and float, then put your hand up and call for help. Someone will see or hear you, and one of us (SLSNZ, Police and other rescue agencies) will respond quickly,” explained Mr Mundy.

Both Mr Mundy and Inspector Trevor Beggs said it’s important to remember that if you see someone struggling or calling for help in the water, call 111 immediately and ask for Police.

“Police encourage anyone using our beaches this summer to obey the water safety rules. Remember to call 111 and ask for Police if you see anyone in trouble” says Inspector Trevor Beggs.

Thousands more New Zealanders prefer to enjoy our waterways at lakes, rivers or pools at home and already this year 80 people have drowned in New Zealand and it remains the number one cause of recreational death for people under 24 years old.

Swimming New Zealand CEO Steve Johns is calling for families and friends to also be vigilant for loved ones around that water.

“Kiwis flock to various waterways in the summer in groups, swinging on a rope out into the lake or jumping off a wharf into the river or sea is a common activity we do with family and friends. It is important that we all keep an eye out for each other and not let a loved one go swimming alone,” says Johns.

A key part of prevention is education and both Swimming New Zealand and SLSNZ offer programmes to help Kiwi kids learn how to be safe around water.

Swimming New Zealand are involved in delivering the nationwide Water Skills for Life (WSFL) education programme while SLSNZ offers a beach education programme through schools, and a Junior Surf programme often referred to as Nippers, during the holiday months at beaches right around New Zealand.

All three also encourage swimmers talk to surf lifeguards, pool lifeguards or police to know the things to be aware of any particular location as each place is unique.

“Surf lifeguards are more than happy to provide advice or information on any of beaches, so we really encourage having a chat to them especially because the conditions change regularly. They can even help you spot where a rip current might be which can be an interesting experience,” added Mr Mundy.

SLSNZ is made up of over 5,000 volunteer surf lifeguards, who last year carried out 1,062 life-threatening rescues and an additional 2,375 assists to safety, over 230,000 patrolling hours to ensure Kiwis got home safe from a day the beach.

Ends

To see the safety video, click here or visit the Auckland District Police or SLSNZ Facebook pages.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.

British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably collapsed, and another German election will have been fought by the newly chosen leader of Merkel’s party... More>>

 

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved. More>>

ALSO:

Misuse Of Drugs Act: Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Passes

“Ultimately, this legislation will greatly increase availability of quality medicinal cannabis products, and will allow for their domestic manufacture. It will help people ease their suffering by making a wider range of quality medicinal cannabis products available over time." More>>

ALSO:

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels