National Water Safety Day


1 December is National Water Safety Day.
Australians love the water and National Water Safety Day highlights the critical importance of water safety.

National Water Safety Day

In 2020, with the support of our co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, Jason Falinski MP and the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, the Australian Government dedicated 1 December as National Water Safety Day, in order to raise awareness of water safety, which impacts every community across the country.

The first day of summer is now observed annually as an occasion to encourage Australians to make water safety a priority. It is an important date on the Surf Life Saving calendar as summer is the busiest time of the year for surf lifesavers and beach goers.

Each year on 1 December, join us in highlighting the critical importance of water safety, and promote key safety messages and information to help reduce drowning deaths and injuries across the country.

NATIONAL WATER SAFETY DAY 2021


With the start of Summer marking National Water Safety Day, Australia’s political leaders and peak water safety authorities Surf Life Saving Australia, and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, are urging Australians to make water safety awareness a priority this Summer.

In a strong show of bipartisan support, the Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Leader of the Opposition of Australia the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, have thrown their support behind National Water Safety Day as Australians are expected to flock to the coastline, pools, rivers and lakes over summer.

To read more information on the 2021 National Water Safety Day, click here.

NATIONAL WATER SAFETY DAY 2021

Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Scott Morrison MP

Leader of the Opposition the Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Sport, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services

Parliamentary Friend of Surf Life Saving Matt Thistlethwaite MP

SUPPORT FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDS OF SURF LIFE SAVING


The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving (PFSLS) are committed to continuing to work with Australia’s peak water safety organisations to help Australians keep themselves and each other safe and prevent drowning deaths this Summer and into the future.

PFSLS Co-Chair, Matt Thistlethwaite, said: “Summer should be a time of fun not sadness.  As Australians flock to our beaches and water ways over the Summer please always remember to swim between the red and yellow flags, obey lifesavers instructions and never swim alone. Let’s celebrate this Summer and enjoy our great outdoors by staying safe around the water.”

PFSLS Co-Chair, Jason Falinski said: “We all deserve some fun at the beach, in the rivers or pools with family and friends this Summer following prolonged lockdowns across the country. But please exercise swim safety. Too many Australians every year die from drownings. Don’t put your life or the life of others in danger this Summer.”

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AUSTRALIAN SPORTS STARS GET BEHIND NATIONAL WATER SAFETY DAY


Australian medalists from the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have joined forces with leading Ironmen & Ironwomen in support of Surf Life Saving’s awareness campaign for National Water Safety Day.  

Olympic gold medalist Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen and Paralympic silver medalist Maddie McTernan have teamed up with Surf Life Saving’s own Ironwomen/Ironmen stars Georgia Miller and Matt Bevilacqua, in a bid to make water safety a priority this summer. 

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WATER SAFETY INFORMATION


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Surf Life Saving Australia is constantly researching the latest water safety figures and trends, and publishes an annual analysis of all coastal drowning deaths in Australia. 

Click on one of our latest reports below to read more information, and click here for a complete archive of our coastal safety reports.

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Visit Beachsafe.org.au for more coastal safety information, and to find your closest patrolled beach

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