Drown­ings prompt ac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety of WA and UWA are urg­ing the com­mu­nity to stay safe around water this sum­mer af­ter a re­cent spate of drown­ings in WA.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and the univer­sity have col­lab­o­rated to pro­vide bronze medal­lion train­ing cour­ses in the Swan River to re­duce the rate of drown­ing.

Five peo­ple have al­ready drowned in WA in the past two months, com­pared with seven peo­ple in 2016.

Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety of WA in­land wa­ter­ways co-or­di­na­tor Sam Bell said na­tion­ally there had also been a greater num­ber of drown­ings in re­cent months com­pared with pre­vi­ous years.

“Royal Life Sav­ing is urg­ing West Aus­tralians to stay safe when swim­ming or en­joy­ing our rivers, lakes, pools or beaches,” she said.

“There are many haz­ards that un­der­lie our in­land wa­ter­ways. These haz­ards may in­clude the pres­ence of sub­merged ob­jects, boat pro­pel­lers, crum­bling river banks or changes in water depth or cur­rents.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will hold two sev­en­week cour­ses for UWA stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity be­tween Jan­uary and March, teach­ing sur­vival swim­ming skills, CPR tech­nique and aquatic res­cues.

Ms Bell also en­cour­aged peo­ple to take note of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cam­paign Re­spect the River, which pro­motes four main mes­sages – wear a life jacket, avoid al­co­hol around water, never swim alone and learn how to save a life.

“These skills are ap­pli­ca­ble to real life sit­u­a­tions and thus Royal Life Sav­ing be­lieves that ob­tain­ing your bronze medal­lion is es­sen­tial in pre­par­ing to keep your­self and oth­ers safe in all wa­ter­ways, all year round,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sport.uwa.edu.au.

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