World Drowning Prevention Day 2021
We can all take action to end drowning

On July 25, people across the world marked the first 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.


To mark World Drowning Prevention Day, WHO and partners hosted a global commemoration to highlight celebrations around the world, explore priority actions in the field and generate momentum for drowning prevention to save lives. This virtual event, was entitled “Global, national and local reflections on World Drowning Prevention Day 2021.

The Webinar included: Explored priority actions post adoption of the UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention, a panel on generated momentum for regional, national, and local action for drowning prevention, and reflections on the commemorations for World Drowning Prevention Day 2021.

On World Drowning Prevention Day we asked all Australians to join us in taking action to end drowning

  • Give your child the skills to enjoy the water safely.
  • Keep Watch to keep your child safe around water.
  • Check your pool fence and make sure the latch closes.
  • Make the right call and avoid alcohol and drugs around water.
  • Wear a lifejacket when you are fishing or boating.
  • Check the weather forecast and water conditions before boating.
  • Challenge yourself to do your Bronze Medallion.
  • Start a career as a pool lifeguard or swimming & water safety teacher.
  • Enroll in a First Aid course and learn CPR skills.
  • Avoid driving through flood waters.

Every small step we individually take can help save lives.

We are asking Aquatic Facilities across Australia to help promote World Drowning Prevention Day

We have a range of online marketing resources available to 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 #enddrowning and @RoyalLifeSaving in social media posts.