Keeping pre-schoolers safe around water

A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket Auckland, and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland by offering half price swimming lessons for preschoolers at eight Council owned and operated pools.

In 2017, seven children under the age of five drowned in New Zealand, that’s two more than in 2016. Of those seven fatalities, five occurred in home pools. In that same year, a further 26 children were hospitalised as a result of near fatal drowning incidents.

YMCA Auckland and Plunket Auckland have, since 2017,  collaborated to deliver water safety sessions to 17,500 pre-schoolers via the four Auckland Council pools run by YMCA Auckland:

  • Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre
  • Onehunga War Memorial Pool
  • Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre
  • Glen Innes Pool and Leisure Centre.

A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket Auckland and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland by adding another four Auckland Council owned and operated pools to the list:

  • Tepid Baths
  • West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre
  • Albany Stadium Pool
  • Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre.

Auckland pre-schoolers aged three months to five years will have access to half price swimming and water safety lessons at all eight sites from 29th April 2019. Another five council pools will be brought into the fold over the next three years. The staff at participating pools receive training and education to ensure our water safety product is consistent across all eight sites.

Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Community Committee, says “Being safe around water – whether it’s a pool, at the beach or river – is essential to living an active life in Auckland. This partnership will equip our young people with the knowledge and skills to be safe and survive in and around water.”

This article was written with information supplied by YMCA


  1. Micht 22/05/2019 at 9:44 pm

    I believe this is imperative… i personally dont know how to swim and i feel disadvantaged… i want my kids to be comfortable with the water and know what to do… planning on getting my 2 into classes this year…and possibly myself too

  2. Shorrty4life1 20/05/2019 at 1:03 pm

    What an awesome idea. Sad to see the stats for drowning and bear drowning in 2016 and 2017 in Auckland only. My children have been doing swimming lessons since first school years and they thoroughly enjoy it. I believe it’s so important!!

  3. Mands1980 15/05/2019 at 8:05 pm

    This is a great idea they should do this everywhere. Children at this age are so prone to drownings as they are very curious about water too. But once they hit school age they should be doing more as well. I know our school only does 5 30 min lessons for the year if they don’t go swimming any other time it is not enough to get confident.

  4. Bevik1971 14/05/2019 at 1:00 pm

    Great 🙂 My daughter who is now 6 was quite fearful of the water – since going swimming with her school she has improved no end! We took her swimming in the weekend and she really impressed me with how much more confident in the water she is now! Very important for kids to have lessons and time in the water 🙂

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