On July 25, people across the world will mark the second World Drowning Prevention Day
In April 2021, the United Nations adopted the historic first Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention, recognising the scale of the problem and calling for coordinated action to prevent drowning.
Drowning is an issue that affects every nation of the world. Globally, an estimated 235,600 people lost their lives to drowning in 2019.
In Australia hundreds of families lose loved ones to drowning every year.
Eighty percent of those who drown are male.
Drowning is inequitable
Drowning has been the cause of over 2.5 million preventable deaths in the last decade. It is a significant international issue that to date has been largely unrecognised relative to its impact.
More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells, domestic water storage vessels and swimming pools in low- and middle-income countries, with children and adolescents in rural areas disproportionately affected.
Drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people aged 1-24 years in every region of the world.
On World Drowning Prevention Day we are asking all the community to do one thing to prevent drowning
- Enrol in swimming lessons
- Supervise children
- Check pool fence and gate
- Avoid alcohol and drugs around water
- Wear a lifejacket
- Know the conditions
- Become a pool lifeguard
- Learn CPR
- Become a swim teacher
Every small step we take can help save lives.
We are asking Aquatic Facilities across Australia to help promote World Drowning Prevention Day
We will be adding a range of online marketing resources from 1 July for industry to promote across their own communication channels and to display at their facility. This content includes: Website, Social Media and Video Content.
Be sure to tag #DrowningPrevention, including for World #DrowningPrevention Day and @RoyalLifeSaving in social media posts.