While all drownings are preventable, they remain one of the largest causes of accidental death in Australian children.
Almost 50 children aged between one and 15 drown, on average, every year*. That is why water safety is extremely important.
- Be aware of potential threats to safety
- Share their knowledge with others
- Take necessary precautions in and around water
- Respond effectively to any dangers
- Resuscitate confidently in the event of an accident
This can save lives.
You can help reduce drowning deaths.
On average, each year 32 children aged between 0 and four drown*.
Half of these drowning incidents occur in backyard swimming pools. More than 20 children aged between five and 17 drown in a variety of water locations, including everything from public pools, to the beach, rivers, lakes and dams*.
Just by being aware of the safest ways to enjoy the water, you and your family can help to reduce these statistics.
Rivers & inland waterway safety tips
These areas are full of hidden dangers such as submerged objects, crumbling banks, and fast-moving water. Unpatrolled waterways and currents in seemingly tranquil waters are some of the reasons that drownings can occur in rivers and inland waterways.
Learn the signs and keep an eye out. These rivers and inland waterway safety checklists can help you stay safe:
Boat safety tips
In Australia, we are lucky enough to enjoy so many different kinds of watercraft from sailing boats, kayaks and canoes, to jet skis and speedboats. But did you know that they contribute to over 50 drowning deaths every year*?
Learning skills like how to use flotation devices or to accurately read the weather signs, as well as these boat safety tips, facts and checklists are important for anyone on the water.
Holiday water safety tips
In Australia, we love spending holidays near the water, whether it’s camping by a river, playing on the beach or visiting a pool. But unfamiliar, unpatrolled and rapidly changing environments can present serious risks.
These practical and effective holiday water safety tips can help you make your holiday safer:
Safety at home
Children less than one year of age most frequently drown in bathtubs.
Please ensure that children are never left alone in the bath for any reason. Make sure you have everything you need before starting the bath.
After a bath, make sure that the bathtub is completely drained of all water before you leave the bathroom and that the door to the bathroom is firmly closed, after use.
A ‘Child Safe Play Area’ can be used inside or outside the home.
The incidence of drowning in Australian backyard pools is still alarmingly high.
Too many young children are over-confident about water. For children under five years of age, home swimming pools are the most common location in which drowning occurs.
Pools are wonderful places for kids to exercise and play – but it’s extremely important to always be mindful of pool safety.
As a parent or carer, it’s essential that you set an example for your children when it comes to safety. Many public pool rules are made clear through signs and instructions, but there are some others that you might not be aware of.
*National Drowning Report; Royal Life Saving Society – Australia
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