The water. We’re surrounded by it. Whatever the season, Kiwis just love having fun in, on and around water. And because what’s important to you is important to us, State is the proud sponsor of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.
This season we are excited to offer all registered swimmers a free State ‘With you in the Water’ beach towel and swim cap and to assist on event day by offering all swimmers a bag transfer and minding service. Dedicated volunteers are essential to the running of a successful event. State is right behind the fantastic team of volunteers at all the events around New Zealand.
We will also be celebrating the high achieving swimmers at the six events and Series Awards commemorative medals and presentation cases for their efforts. We wish everyone a successful and safe season swimming in the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.
Ours is an island nation. Nearly all of us live close to the water. Many of us spend a large part of our life in, on, or beside the water. From a young age our lives are defined by our association with water. As kids we love nothing better than an outing to the local pool or beach. And when we get older we swim lengths, sail boats, dive beneath the water’s surface or paddle across it.
But time spent in and on the water comes with a risk.
- Last summer 1,645 people were rescued from our beaches
- 10% of drowning victims are children aged 0-14 years*
- Drowning is the third highest cause of unintentional injury in New Zealand*
Consider that nationally only one in five 10-year-olds can swim 200m, meaning 80% of 10-year-olds can’t swim well enough to save themselves, it’s not hard to see the risks are too high.
(*Statistics obtained by Water Safety NZ)
At State Insurance we saw a need for help. Help so all our children have the opportunity to learn to swim, keep themselves safe in the water and enjoy the water sports available to them. Help to ensure surf lifesavers continue their vital work on our beaches. And help getting us all out there, adults and children alike, active and enjoying our beautiful beaches and pools. It’s about reaching out to every New Zealander and saying “Come on in. The water’s fine”.
State’s sponsorship of the swim and swim safety sector will help save lives by helping thousands of kiwis learn to swim, enjoy the water and survive; across all communities and all walks of life.
Visit state.co.nz/about-state-insurance/community to find out more about State’s sponsorship programme.
Proudly getting behind the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series and the OceanKids, along with Swimming New Zealand and Surf Life Saving New Zealand.