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National Water Safety Council, Singapore (NWSC)


National Water Safety Council (NWSC)

National Water Safety Council (NWSC) Secretariat
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Website: www.watersafety.sg

Following the recommendations of the Water Safety Taskforce, the National Water Safety Council (NWSC) was appointed by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in 2007 as the national coordinating body to drive and sustain initiatives overseeing water safety matters in Singapore.

Helmed by Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West Community Development Council and Honorary Advisor to the Singapore Life Saving Society, the NWSC is the national coordinating body in driving and sustaining initiatives overseeing water safety.

National Water Safety Council appointed on a two-year term, comprises members from the people, private and public sectors. Prior to the SwimSafer, the NWSC had collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Singapore Sports Council to introduce the Learn-To-Swim Programme for primary school students. NWSC, building upon the foundation laid by the Taskforce, has set itself the following tasks:

  • Promote a water safety culture among all Singaporeans.
  • Initiate and co-ordinate public education efforts on water safety in swimming pools and open waters.
  • Increase children’s participation in water survival and swimming programmes through various platforms.
  • Work with relevant government agencies to promote and encourage designs of aquatic facilities that enhance water safety.
  • Embark on further research on issues related to the prevention of drowning.
  • Establish national water safety standards.

NWSC is currently working with SPRING Singapore and other agencies to develop a Code of Practice for Aquatic Facilities to promote safe water facilities for the public.