In 2012-13 there were 48 coastal drowning deaths in NSW, 50% of these occurred at a beach and 22.9% of these coastal drowning deaths resulted from individuals participating in swimming or wading.
Water safety and rescue skills are key components of the Surf Education program offered at your club for nippers and are one strategy that contributes to children’s development of drowning prevention skills. All children need to acquire these essential skills.
During November, Age Managers of under 8 to under 13 years age groups will be distributing information about the Nipper research and asking you to sign a form giving your approval for your child to complete a Surf Swimming questionnaire. The questionnaire will take about ten minutes to complete and is anonymous. Only your child’s age group and gender will be recorded. The research findings will be made available to all participating clubs in the Mid North Coast Branch and will contribute to the improvement of open water safety, aquatic competence and drowning prevention.
For further information contact Amanda Higgerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a Club Committee member.