Australia and the beach are synonymous.
We have some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in the world, along with other natural bodies of water, such as rivers and lakes. Many houses also have a pool.
In 2007, almost 12% of Australian households had a swimming pool in their backyard. That number has surely increased. That is why we need to be so vigilant with water safety, especially for children.
Drowning in Australia: The Facts
Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, 291 people drowned in Australian waterways. There were 97 deaths in inland waterways, 50 at beaches, 46 in the ocean or harbour and 44 in swimming pools. In addition, there were an estimated 685 non-fatal drowning incidents in the same period.
If we drill down further, in the 0-4 age group, there were 29 drowning deaths and 12 in children aged 5-14 years. At least 75 percent of the drowning deaths of children under five resulted from a fall into the water. Swimming pools were the most common locations for drowning.