Water Safety New Zealand and Plunket encourage all parents and caregivers to introduce their children to water in a positive, caring manner. Sharing bath time and visiting your local pool are positive steps to developing water confidence and safety skills in your child.
Pools, bathtubs, beaches and rivers are fun but can be very dangerous for young children who don't understand the dangers of water.
Your child needs constant supervision whenever they're around water. Never turn away or leave them unattended.
Drowning is the second highest cause of accidental death among children in New Zealand. Most infant drowning incidents are a result of inadequate supervision.
Constant supervision and education of youngsters should begin as early as possible.