Are You Summer Ready? Here are four tips to staying safe this summer – before you head out to the water. The leading organisation for drowning prevention, Royal Life S aving (RLS) NSW has issued a simple, Summer-Ready Checklist of tips for a safer summer.
Craig Roberts, RLS NSW ACT TAS General Manager of Drowning Prevention said, “Preparation can help us avoid another tragic summer. Our Summer-Ready Checklist is a simple reminder of what to do before heading to the beach, coast, pool, or inland waterway.”
“In the lead-up to summer, checklists with advice for pool owners, families, regional communities and over-65s will be appearing at councils and community organisations around the state and online.
No matter where you go to enjoy the water, now is the time to:
• Learn to swim
• Get active, and check in with your health
• Learn CPR
• Check around your home and pool
To find out how, visit www.drowningprevention.org.au/are-you-summer-ready
The latest National Drowning Report found 57% of drowning fatalities last year occurred in people over 45 years old. The second highest cause of drowning fatalities was slips and falls.
“These tragedies are powerful reminders that even if you don’t intend to swim, learning or brushing up on swimming and lifesaving skills at any age can keep you and your family safe,” said Mr Roberts.
While national drowning rates decreased in 22-23 from the 10-year average, NSW still suffers almost double the number of drownings than QLD and VIC, and triple the rate of WA, with 107 lives lost in 22-23.
“We want people of all ages and from all regions, to be ready and able to enjoy the water safely, and that starts now. Check in with your family, friends, sporting and school groups to get your community Summer-Ready,” Mr Roberts concluded.