"Swimming statistics ? don?t be one!" Australia Warnings Or Dangers Tip by tiabunna

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  Flags as used at swimming beaches in Australia
by tiabunna

About 250 people are drowned in Australia each year. That makes drowning statistically one of the greatest risks in Australia.

There are some very simple ways to avoid any risk.

* Don?t swim after meals or, particularly, after drinking

* Swim only at patrolled beaches, or in pools. At patrolled beaches, you will see flags such as those in the photo (taken at a museum display on surf lifesaving) ? swim ONLY between the flags. Hopefully they will be further apart than they are in the museum photo! :-)

* Don?t swim if the beach is closed (red flags) and follow any warning instructions.

* Supervise children.

* Don?t go out of your depth and, in the unlikely event you find yourself in trouble with a ?rip? (strong current) do not fight against it, allow it to carry you along the beach while you swim diagonally toward shore. Most of all, if you are in trouble, hold up your arm to signal for help.

The website below gives all the information you?re likely to need on beach safety.

Website: http://www.australianexplorer.com/surf_safety.htm

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  • Updated Feb 10, 2007
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