Safeswim – learn more

The Safeswim team understands that beach users want to learn more about the Safeswim programme.
This page has been created to answer your most frequently asked questions.

A series of short videos

12 February 2021
Safeswim’s water quality programme

Professor Gillian Lewis from the School of Biological Sciences at Auckland University gives us an overview of the Safeswim water quality programme, explains how the Safeswim water quality samples and models work together and describes what it means when Safeswim issues a ‘red’ alert at a beach.

Videos and Articles

16 March 2021
How the Safeswim models work

Principal Coastal Scientist Ben Tuckey from DHI explains how the Safeswim models work, what the Safeswim models allow, how they are built and improved with sampling data, and how we know their predictions are accurate.

16 March 2021
How contaminants move in the ocean

Principal Coastal Scientist Ben Tuckey from DHI uses two animations to show how environmental conditions affect the movement of contaminant plumes in the ocean, demonstrating why a beach might be a ‘red alert’ or ‘green alert’ under different circumstances.

16 March 2021
Stormwater and the ‘first flush’

Strategy Manager Andrew Chin from Healthy Waters, Auckland Council explains how stormwater moves through urban environments and what influence it has on water quality at Auckland’s beaches.

16 March 2021
Avoiding stormwater outlets

Strategy Manager Andrew Chin from Healthy Waters, Auckland Council explains why Auckland Council recommends against swimming in the water that flows out of pipes onto Auckland’s beaches.

16 March 2021
What to do if caught in a rip

The team at Surf Life Saving Northern Region explain what to do if you are caught in a rip.

15 March 2021
Water Quality Targeted Rate

Find out more about how Auckland Council is investing the water quality target rate to achieve cleaner harbours, beaches and streams.

15 March 2021
Safe Networks Programme

Find out how Safe Networks (a joint initiative between Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters department and Watercare) conducts monitoring and investigations.

15 March 2021
Working to reduce overflows

Find out what Watercare are doing to reduce wet-weather waste water overflows