From a surf at the beach or a dip in the lake, to river sledging, diving or fishing, water sports in New Zealand are extremely popular – but safety always comes first. So make sure you use the Water Safety Code as a guide for essential preparation, use the links below – and have a great time!
Learn to swim and survive and set rules for safe play in the water. Always use safe and correct equipment and know the weather and water conditions before you get in.
|Watch out for yourself and others
Always pay close attention to children you are supervising in or near water. Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.
|Be aware of the dangers
Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags. Do not enter the water after drinking alcohol.
|Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.