Males continue to be over-represented in drowning statistics. This trend is especially apparent during adolescence and early adulthood, a time of increasing independence. Drowning is often attributed to higher exposure due to increased participation rates, inflated confidence levels that may not reflect abilities, the influence of peer pressure and an increased likelihood to engage in risk-taking behaviours.
Preventing drowning in young males (15-29 years) is a priority in the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030.
The drowning rate for 19-year-old-males is nine times higher than 12-year-old males. There are seven times as many male drowning deaths as females in this age group.