In only two weeks, between Christmas 2016 and 8 January 2017, 21 people in NSW lost their lives in water accidents.
Those deaths occurred in rivers and lakes, in the surf at the beach, out on a boat, and in backyard swimming pools. And the people who died included very young children, fit young adults and the elderly.
If there is any one link between each of the drownings – beyond holidays, and warm weather – it's a lack of appreciation that where there's water, there's danger.
So, whenever you or your loved ones are in, on or around the water, take precautions and avoid risks.
Get Watching: always supervise children when there's water nearby. Don't get distracted. Children can drown in a small amount of water in less than a minute.
See tips here from Royal Life Saving for:
Get Wearing: if you're on a boat or other watercraft, or out rock fishing, wear a standards approved lifejacket.
Get Wise: learn to swim safely. Learn how to swim, swim at patrolled beaches between the flags, and learn lifesaving skills that will help get others out of danger when something goes wrong.
See tips here from Beach Safe for:
Get with it: swimming or engaging in other activities on the water while intoxicated reduces your capacity to appreciate risk and decreases your ability to get yourself, or others out of trouble.
Information here and on the websites of our water safety partners
Royal Life Saving NSW and
Surf Life Saving NSW can help you have a great day out on the water, and get home safely.
Learning some of this basic information will help you
GET WATER SAFE – NOT SORRY.
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