Poor swimming skills of adults contribute to summer drowning
As country faces increase in drowning deaths since the start of summer with 43 people drowning – a 23% increase from same period last year – Royal Life Saving Society – Des Australian research has found that one in four Australians admit to being weak swimmers, or not knowing how to swim at all.
The period from Christmas to New Year (at 3e January) claimed the lives of at least 20 people, twice as many as in the same period last year, 13 (65%) of these incidents occurred on inland waterways including rivers, lakes and dams.
By mid-summer, the safety message was more important than ever, said Justin Scarr, Managing Director of Royal Life Saving, âfew people realize how dangerous our inland waterways can be, especially those who lack swimming skills and knowledge of local water conditions.
“The calm appearance can often hide steep drops, currents and debris, and create a false sense of beach safety.”
Scarr noted that poor swimming skills are considered a major factor in drowning during the summer – and the lack of skills is not limited to children, citing research from Royal Life Saving which shows that one in four adults is poor swimmers or cannot swim. all.
The figure is much higher among foreign-born adults, where 35% classified themselves as weak or non-swimmers.
This is concerning given that Royal Life also estimates that 40% of children leave elementary school without being able to swim 50 meters or float for two minutes – basic water safety criteria.
Scarr said that âwe may be in danger of losing our label of ‘nation of swimmers’.
“The results of our research are astounding and unfortunately we can see it in the increase in drowning incidents over the summer.”
Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said the Australian government is working harder than ever to ensure people of all ages understand the dangers and have the swimming skills to protect themselves and others, citing investments to ensure equipment is upgraded and life-saving volunteers can access life-saving skills-building programs.
With support from the federal government, Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving are working with the Australian Water Safety Council, state and territory organizations and local communities to prevent drowning across the country and increase safety awareness. aquatic.
Additionally, swimming instructors are encouraged to return to the pool to build skills and save lives as part of the latest investment in AUSTSWIM programs announced last month.
The program will focus on re-engaging with swim teachers who have left the industry and help them get back into the water.
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January 2, 2022 – Life Saving Victoria calls for caution after four drowning since New Years Eve
December 1, 2021 – Victorian drowning report reveals tragedies behind highest number of drownings in 20 years
November 20, 2021 – Widely reported near-drowning at Adventure World shows need for supervision of children in aquatic environments
November 11, 2021 – Tragedy of drowning toddler leaves more than 500 young Australians
December 10, 2021 – AUSTSWIM secures federal government funding for the “Create Jobs, Save Lives” project
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November 1, 2021 – ASSA launches Countdown to Summer Series swimming safety campaign
October 7, 2021 – Lotterywest Funding Supports Royal Life Saving WA to Provide Water Safety Education to Communities at Risk
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May 13, 2021 – Study highlights risk of coastal drowning among visitors and recent overseas arrivals to South Australia
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December 30, 2021 – Water safety authorities urge Victorians to play it safe by the water’s edge during New Year’s Eve celebrations
July 20, 2021 – AUSTSWIM launches a winter special for swimming instructor and water safety lessons
April 9, 2021 – Australian Water Safety Council seeks local government support to help reduce drowning
January 3, 2022 – NRMA Parks and Resorts collaborates with Royal Life Saving Society Australia to ensure safe drinking water
December 15, 2021 – Sydney’s Inner West Council partners with Royal Life Saving in the industry’s first water safety initiative
November 15, 2021 – Royal Life Saving Highlights ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Job Vacancies for Lifeguards and Swimming Teachers
November 12, 2021 – New Royal Life Saving study shows the social impact of the aquatic industry
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March 19, 2018 – Australia’s First Multicultural Uniform Guide Opens the Sport to CaLD Participants
March 10, 2021 – Blacktown City Council partners with Royal Life Saving NSW to offer new swim instructor course
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