Along with local supporting businesses we have launched the JUST ONE campaign in early 2014 to educate the community that one action can save a life. This can simply be:
- CPR course
- first aid course
- take a minute to think… what could happen?
- check your boats safety equipment
- check the safety gate
- enrolment in swimming lessons
- tell someone what you are doing
Every year since 1995 Royal Life Saving has produced a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.
- 271 people drowned in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015
- 26 (10%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 0-4 years
- 62 (23%) drowning deaths occurred in Queensland
- 99 (37%) drowning deaths occurred in inland waterway locations
- 32 (12%) drowning deaths occurred in swimming pools
- 55 (20%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
- 135 (49%) drowning deaths occurred in lakes, Dams, Lagoons, Rivers, Creeks and Streams
In Australia the rivers, creek, stream category was the aquatic location with the highest number of drowning deaths, followed by swimming pools and beaches.
People who can swim well can still drown. Contingencies such as supervision need to be in place. While safety in surf is a message many of us have been taught, pools and inland waterways can be just as dangerous.
To support the needs of our growing community the Downs Little Lifeguards program was introduced in November 2014 by Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre and supported by Royal Life Saving Society to implement an active and fun education program for children on the Downs. Contact us for further details.