Being a swimmer most of his life, Ian loves the water and has a strong fondness for it. Ian emphasises that swimming is an amazing life skill to have, and it is not only great recreation, but it has great mental and physical benefits. Ian says, “I want people to enjoy what I enjoy and feel confident [about being in the water], but I also want to make them aware of the risks and the dangers.”
The main takeout Ian wants all New Zealanders to know is that prevention is key. “If we can prevent tragedy before it begins, that is the greatest thing. But if we get ourselves in a situation – over and above our limits, don’t panic. Take your time. Take some breaths. Fill your lungs with air. Float on your back. Assess the situation, and then do what you think is right,” says Ian.
Ian has six crucial tips for staying safe around the water this summer.