Water Safety

We Are Thoughtless When it Come to Water Safety and Boats

We Are Thoughtless When it Come to Water Safety and Boats The tragic drowning of a father and daughter at Lake Tarawera early in December would have touched the hearts of most New Zealand  families as we approach the holiday season. The contrasting emotions of an ideal  family scene- a father and daughter enjoying a kayaking experience together- and then the horrific outcome of the ven […]

Drowning is a Silent Death

Drowning is a Silent Death I always thought I would know if someone was drowning- I’d hear the yells and see the splashes and waves for help. So imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that is not so. Drowning is a silent death - the person physiologically unable to call for help and the yelling, splashing and waving rarely occurring. Drowning is a silent death. Does this exp […]

School Holidays- a Time for Parents to Take the Teaching Helm

School  Holidays- a Time for Parents to Take the Teaching Helm The word ‘holidays’ instantly conjures up visions of carefree hours relaxing beside a pool, or at a beach, with a chilled wine and a long awaited novel  within arm’s reach. How misleading the word ‘holidays’ is for parents when prefaced by the word  ‘school’. Faced with 6-7 weeks devoid of the the child care that  schools p […]

NEAR DROWNING THAT COULD OF HAPPENED TO ANYONE - 4

Dealing With Asthma Jennifer always struggled with her asthma. Since the age of 6 she had been using her medication as an essential tool for physical activity. Her father, Ken, while speaking to a doctor about breathing exercises, was told that swimming is the best activity for Jennifer to undertake. After trying 2 different preventative medications and numerous different suppressants, […]

NEAR DROWNING THAT COULD OF HAPPENED TO ANYONE - 3

Paddling Pool Accident Victoria had three brothers and a sister, all of whom were at least 5 years older than her. She was spoilt; her parents had recently retired and had all the time in the world to spend on Victoria. For Christmas Victoria's mum Grace bought a blow-up paddling pool for the family, and the gift was an instant hit with everyone including the older children. Victoria b […]

NEAR DROWNING THAT COULD OF HAPPENED TO ANYONE - 2

Rescue at Cheltenham Beach Matt was a sensible child, always hesitant when confronted with potentially dangerous situations, even at the age of five. He was really aware of his surroundings and often needed a helping hand when participating in new activities. Swimming was one of Matt’s favourite things to do and they were lucky as a close family friend had a pool in the backyard of the […]

NEAR DROWNING THAT COULD OF HAPPENED TO ANYONE

NEAR DROWNING THAT COULD OF HAPPENED TO ANYONE Every month we bring you real life stories from local families we have spoken with about near drowning situations. These will and can happen to anyone.  This month we talked to Mandy about lessons learned with daughter, Sarah. From an early age Sarah, like many young children, was naturally inquisitive about water. She loved a bath ov […]

Water Safety Resource

Water Safety New Zealand Resource Pippa and Paul playing safely in the water download the pippapaul book here    

Healthy Lifestyle

Water Safety with Dean Kent Healthy Lifestyle Everyone’s abilities change over time – especially if you haven't been active for a while. If you have just had a cold or the flu, you should probably start take it easy. Build up slowly. There's plenty of time Some medical conditions, illnesses or disabilities can make water more hazardous, but it doesn’t mean the water s […]

Under 5's Again

Under 5's Again Never underestimate any body of water. It is a life threatening hazard for young children in and around the home and in the wider community. This is supported by statistics which show preschool children are amoung one of the highest drowning rates of all New Zealanders. "ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN NEAR WATER – ALWAYS!" and "Do not leave the task to […]