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2019 Poolsafe campaign reminds New Zealanders that ‘Lifeguards are not babysitters’
The latest Poolsafe latest programme from Recreation Aotearoa and Water Safety NZ is using Silver Fern Ameliaranne Ekenasio to remind parents and caregivers to keep an eye on their children in public swimming pool environments.
Following three non-fatal drownings over the recent school holidays, the message that constant supervision saves lives is more important than ever.
Being delivered by videos aimed at parents it enforces the message 'Lifeguards are not babysitters'.
Ekenasio, a Water Safety New Zealand ambassador, knows how important it is for parents and guardians to be in the water with their children.
She explains "even if there are plenty of lifeguards at a pool, putting down your cellphone and making sure there are no distractions can mean the difference between life and death. As a caregiver you should support the lifeguard by giving the kids your full attention."
Tracey Prince-Puketapu, Aquatics Programme Manager at Recreation Aotearoa said "the videos are designed to remind parents and guardians that accidents can happen in seconds. We also want to encourage people to hop in the water and have fun with their kids."
Recreation Aotearoa delivers the Poolsafe programme with Water Safety NZ, providing a way of assessing public pools to ensure that their operations and facilities are safe.
Currently, over 150 public pools in New Zealand are members of the scheme.
5th September 2019 - Recreation Aotearoa Aquatics Awards presented to New Zealand’s Top Lifeguards
27th August 2019 - Water Safety New Zealand invests $2 million in drowning prevention
8th June 2019 - Recreation Aotearoa releases aquatic facility design guide
7th September 2018 - German lifeguards warn that child drownings linked to parents’ smartphone ‘fixation’
17th November 2017 - Water Safety New Zealand invests $1.66 million into water safety education
8th September 2017 - Concern over declining swimming skills among New Zealand children
10th August 2017 - NZRA: ‘New Zealand’s aquatics industry and pool lifeguards are not failing’
15th March 2017 - Picton Pool becomes Poolsafe
16th June 2016 - Rotorua Aquatic Centre passes PoolSafe accreditation
18th January 2012 - PoolSafe Achieves Record Numbers
30th August 2011 - ACC PoolSafe Assessors and Advisory Group
29th August 2011 - Lifeguards are not babysitters!: Watch Around Water launches new website
9th August 2011 - Water Safety New Zealand elected to AUSTSWIM
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