Royal Life Saving and their “Sinkers” Ambassadors are urging people to take the pledge and think twice before mixing alcohol and swimming. #DontDrinkAndSink
Channel 9 Journalist
'We are told early on to combine drinking alcohol with water - have a glass of wine then a glass of water to limit your alcoholic intake... but when that combination with water involves a beach, a pool, a river or a lake it can be deadly... as a journalist I've seen first hand how devastating the consequences can be with just under one third of all drowning deaths involving alcohol... it is absolutely terrifying.
Royal Life Saving’s campaign is crucially important for a nation that loves water... and a good time... awareness is the key here and I didn't have to be asked twice to get involved!'
Ellie Jean Coffey
“Having grown up at the beach as a professional surfer I have seen first hand how important it is to respect the water. As a country, we love the outdoors, love to have a BBQ and have a drink. What Sinkers is all about is to recognise that when you have been drinking you are not at your best and so swimming can put you at risk. Water and alcohol do not mix and having younger siblings myself I want them to understand why this is so important."
Professional Skateboarder and TV Presenter
"Water sports and life by the water is such a huge part of growing up in Australia - it certainly was for me, and I think sometimes young people take for granted how dangerous the surf can be when you're unaware. Mixing alcohol with any activity increases the risk especially when there is water involved it can be seriously disastrous.
There is no reason why you can't have fun and stay smart by the water. The Sinkers campaign is a warning with an important message but doing it in a fun way so I want to encourage everyone to share the videos with their social networks and get involved."
"Too many adolescents are making the wrong decisions and mixing alcohol & swimming. Sadly this often results in serious injury and death. I have a 16 year old brother so this campaign is very close to my heart with a staggering 77% of annually drownings being male. I truly believe the SINKERS campaign is a great fresh approach to educating our youth with a little Aussie humour. I applaud Royal Life Saving and the amazing team involved for conceiving such a bold concept that I know will not only reach young Aussies but also make them think before mixing the deadly cocktail of alcohol and swimming".
- Keep Watch
- Keep Watch Home Pool Safety
- Swim and Survive
- State and Territory Activities
- Respect the River
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Make It Safe - Portable Pool Safety
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Sinkers #DontDrinkAndSink
- Bronze Medallion
- Grey Medallion
- Community Development