Beach & Coastal Safety Guidelines

A Guide to Beach Safety Signs in New Zealand

 

Safety signage is crucial when trying to reduce drowning and injury along New Zealand’s coastline.  It can alert beachgoers to hazards at a particular location, which then allows them to make informed, safer decisions.

 

Using internationally recognised standards for water safety signs and flags, SLSNZ created ‘A Guide to Beach Safety Signs in New Zealand’.  Its sets a standard for the design and content of national beach safety signs and symbols and provides land managers with information to enable them to set up effective and consistent signage systems on their beach.

 

It's important to remember that signage is only required if a need is indicated following a risk assessment by SLSNZ.

 

To download the signage document click here.

A Guide to Public Rescue Equipment for the New Zealand Coast

 

Research shows that 100% of people in New Zealand who drowned during a rescue attempt between 2013-2023, had no flotation device. 

 

SLSNZ, with help from Drowning Prevention Aotearoa, has produced ‘A Guide to Public Rescue Equipment for the New Zealand Coast’ to try to address this challenge.  It sets a standard for the design and associated signage for Public Rescue Equipment (PRE) and provides land managers with sufficient information to enable them to set up effective and consistent PRE systems on their coastline.

 

It's important to remember that PRE is only required if a need is indicated following a risk assessment by SLSNZ.

 

To download the PRE document click here.

The benefits of standardising the design and content of beach and coastal safety information are immeasurable but, one thing is certain, our coastline will become safer as more land managers adopt these standard measures. We strongly urge all land managers to conduct a safety assessment and to read and use these guides to help make New Zealand’s coastline a safer place to visit.

If you require a hazard and risk assessment, please download this information leaflet and contact SLSNZ who will be pleased to help.

To order Public Rescue Equipment please download the order form here.