Royal Life Saving Society - Australia
Being in, on or around the water is an enjoyable part of living in Australia. Between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2014, 266 people drowned in Australian waterways.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in children under 5 years of age and more than 50 children between the ages of 1 and 15 drown every year. Drowning is preventable.
Tragically, these statistics are only part of a much larger picture. The National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) states that for every drowning death there are three hospitalisations due to near drowning. For every five children admitted to hospital following immersion, one child will be left with severe or persisting neurological impairment.
Sadly, there is no single reason why so many Australians drown, and as such, there is no simple solution. Royal Life Saving’s approach toward drowning prevention reflects the complexity of issues that result in drowning deaths including active adult supervision, restricting children’s access to water, water safety education and lifesaving skills.
Royal Life Saving is Australia’s leading water safety educator – a non-for-profit, volunteer, community-based organisation with a Branch in every State and Territory of Australia. Royal Life Saving is committed to providing innovative and reliable evidence-based information, and a range of quality programs, products and services.
For over 120 years, Royal Life Saving has worked to harness the strengths of local communities to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into everyday community lifesavers. This is achieved through education, training and skills development, health promotion, aquatic risk management, sport and participation, advocacy and awareness, research, community development and international partnerships.
Lifesavers are everywhere in the community. They can be teachers, students, mums, dads, firemen, plumbers or accountants. They patrol the houses, streets, workplaces and parks of the communities in which they live. They don't always wear a uniform but they can and do save lives. Everyone can be a lifesaver, this includes you.
Help Royal Life Saving prevent loss of life and injury in the community and reduce the number of drowning deaths by 50% by 2020. It is important, because life is precious.
To find out more about Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, visit www.royallifesaving.com.au.