In 2015, as many as 271 people died by drowning in Australian waterways. This figure attests to a 1.9% increase in the number of drowning deaths in 2013 - 2014 and a 30% increase in the number of young children who lost their lives to drowning in the same period.
Drowning remains the #1 cause of accidental child death in Australia, with one child drowning occurring each week. 26 of the 35 children who drowned in 2013 - 2014 were between the ages of 0 - 4 years.
But children are not the only victims of drowning. According to research published by Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 80% of all drowning deaths in 2015 were male and another 33% occurred in people over the age of 55. We don’t want anyone to die by drowning, not if we here at Nereids can help it.
We take water safety extremely seriously and are 100% committed to providing swimming coaching and expertise that will prevent the loss of human lives through drowning. Your water safety is of utmost importance to us and every Nereids instructor is a certified Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety with a passion for making swimming a pleasant, safe activity for all, no matter their age or ability.
We are in awe of water and aware of its perils. We are also eager to teach both our swimmers and their parents how to be safety-conscious while in or around water. To acquire essential water safety skills, contact Nereids Aquatic Coaching today and make sure to take a look at the following:
Water safety tips:
- Identify and eliminate water dangers lurking around your home, from fish ponds, wading or swimming pools to toilets and bathtubs. Install and make use of barriers around your pool and add safety covers where needed. Above-ground or inflatable pools should have their ladders removed and the safety cover secured when they are not in use.
- Make it a habit of swimming in designated areas that are lifeguard supervised and try and always swim with a buddy, even if at a public or private pool.
- Never leave children unattended - make sure there is sufficient supervision at all times whenever your children and family are in or near water. If you cannot be there yourself, ensure a responsible adult will be present to supervise.
- Steer clear of distractions when supervising children around water.
- Use reason to guide you to make safe water choices - the water you or your children need to be swimming in should be clear, clean and when temperatures are low, heated.
- Be cautious around natural bodies of water from ocean shorelines to rivers and lakes. Underwater hazards, cold temperatures and even currents and can make falling into these bodies of water perilous.
- Wear a life jacket whenever you go boating.
- Avoid using alcohol - it impairs judgment and coordination and can harm your swimming skills.
- Ensure that everyone in your family can swim well. Enrol in one of our courses and make water a thing to be enjoyed, not feared!
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