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One in four drowning deaths involve people born outside Australia or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
CALD Water Safety Photography Exhibition 2019 was created as a direct response of drowning statistics.
The aim of the exhibition is to use photos on social media and other communication channels to educate CALD communities about the importance of water safety.
The campaign is also a way for the broader community to understand how they can help CALD communities to connect, share knowledge and gather skills to protect themselves when enjoying our rivers, pools, beaches and waterways.
South East Sydney Water Safety Directory to find out more about services and groups to help you stay safe in the water.
This project has been brought to you in partnership with
Wollongong City Council,
Canterbury Bankstown Council,
Randwick City Council,
Royal Life Saving Australia,
Surf Life Saving and South East Sydney (SES) Multicultural Water Safety Committee.
Note: click on each of the images below to view a larger version.
Rock fishing is one of the most dangerous sports in Australia. The majority of rock fishing-related deaths in Australia occur in NSW.
Always wear a
personal flotation device (PFD), and wear gear that stops you from slipping into the water such as shoes with non-slip soles or cleats. Rock plates or cleats are essential on wet, weedy rocks. Also, wear head protection. Evidence suggests that many people who have drowned received some sort of head injury. Wear lightweight gear that reduces problems if you do go into the surf such as shorts and a spray jacket. Jumpers may be difficult to take off and will weigh you down when wet.
SafeFishing has a range of brochures, videos and translated information on:
The primary role of the
Lifeguards is to provide a safe swimming environment for the community at beaches.
All we ask is that you:
"Don’t let your mates drink and drown"
Alcohol can significantly increase the risk of drowning. Alcohol affects everyone differently; therefore there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone. Even small amounts of alcohol can effect behaviour and ability, increasing the risk of drowning.
66% of all men who had alcohol in their system when they drowned recorded a blood alcohol level greater than 0.05. If it’s not safe to consume that level of alcohol and drive a car, it’s just as dangerous to be fishing, boating or swimming drunk.
Here are some of the effects of alcohol and how it can heighten the risk of drowning: