Drowning risk changes throughout a person’s lifespan. As teenagers reach adulthood, legal drinking age and gain greater independence, their risk of drowning also increases.
Males are known to be at higher risk of drowning than females, particularly during adolescence and early adulthood as risk-taking behaviour becomes more apparent.
The low impact nature of aquatic activity makes it an ideal form of physical activity and recreation for older people. However, reduced physical ability and pre-existing medical conditions contribute to the drowning risk in this age group.