SWIMMERS have been urged not to overestimate their ability in the water over the warmer months.
Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) National Drowning Report for the 2016-17 year showed 42 people drowned in WA, with three in every four occurring during spring and summer.
RLSSWA chief executive Peter Leaversuch said there were many reasons why more deaths were recorded in this period.
He said people might overestimate their ability in the water, or simply have lost it.
He said it could also be because aquatic environments are prone to change over winter, making them unfamiliar.
“Our message is very simple and built around what life stage people are at,” he said.
“Children need to be watched around water at all times. If they’re a little older get them involved in a swimming program – it’s a skill for life.
“And for adults, don’t mix alcohol and swimming.”
Locally, our city’s north was Perth’s most common zone for drowning deaths over a recent fiveyear period.
Information from the RLSSWA revealed 36 people drowned in WA’s north metropolitan region between 2011-12 and 2015-16.
Twenty-nine of those people were male, while more than half of all incidents in this region occurred in home pools or baths.
In the south metropolitan region, 26 people drowned during the same five-year period, with males again making up the majority of deaths with 17 fatalities.
Seventeen of the deaths in this area occurred at home.
Ten of the 12 deaths in the Peel region were male. ■ ■ ■ ■