Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Police urge public to be safe on the water this summer

Police urge public to be safe on the water this summer


As summer temperatures are making our beaches, rivers and lakes more inviting, the Police National Dive Squad urge everyone to be safety conscious before taking the plunge.

Focusing on safety ensures a life time of fun in, on or under the water says Senior Sergeant Bruce Adams from the Police National Dive Squad.

"Our message to all water sports enthusiasts this summer is to think about safety before getting in the water. Be prepared and keep an eye on the weather and water conditions. If the conditions are unfavorable, put your gear away and have a break.

“Unfortunately, 81 people lost their lives from drowning during 2013. We all need to take time to consider all activities around water this coming festive season, even if it is just ensuring we are actively watching and supervising those in the water.”

This message extends to those diving this summer. Four people lost their lives from complications while snorkeling, scuba diving or free diving last year.

“It is often a series of events or poor decision making that can lead to drowning. The onus is on the divers themselves to recognise, maintain or manage these issues to ensure a safe experience”, Adams says.

Many factors including limited air supply, exceeding safe ascent rates, ill fitting equipment, and diving without a buddy can have fatal consequences.

“When such factors occur on their own they can often be dealt with by the diver. However when faced with a combination of these, the diver is placed under enormous stress and may begin to panic. Panic reduces the diver's cognitive ability to work through the situation. The situation can begin to escalate beyond control and may not be dealt with successfully.

“Make sure your equipment is appropriate for the activity taking place; you are familiar with how they operate, and wear a life jacket where applicable. Planning can ensure that you won’t get caught out” Adams says.

Since Christmas, the Police National Dive Squad has recovered five bodies from New Zealand waters. A sixth operation is currently underway in Gisborne to recover a missing kayaker who was not wearing his lifejacket.

Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge says all New Zealanders need to make water safety a priority.

"A huge amount of work is being done to drive attitudinal and behavioural change when it comes to water safety. We need everyone to always remember the basics and take the necessary precautions if we're to reduce our drowning toll for good."

Important water safety tips:

• Always wear a lifejacket
• Keep children within sight and reach around water
• Monitor the weather and water
• Know how to use your marine radio and how to call for help if you need it
• Call for help at the first sign of trouble
• Check for hidden objects before jumping or diving
• Avoid alcohol.

Tips for divers:

• Seek formal training
• Ensure you are medically fit
• Get your gear checked regularly (including regulators and buoyancy compensator devices)
• Make sure your gear fits correctly
• Dive with a buddy and stay together
• Take turns following each other and carrying the catch bag
• Check your air supply
• Do not exceed safe ascent rates
• Set up equipment correctly
• Do pre dive equipment checks with your buddy, no matter how experienced you are
• Make sure you are aware of other water users in your area
• Do not exceed your personal diving capabilities.

Further water safety and diving advice can be found at:

www.watersafety.org.nz; www.nzu.org.nz; or www.divenewzealand.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news