Play it Safe By the Water
The Play it Safe by the Water campaign (PISBTW) commenced in 1998. The campaign is supported by the Victorian Government and has linked a number of aquatic-related industries with a common objective of reducing the number of drownings in Victoria and increasing the awareness among the Victoria community about water safety.
The main feature of campaign is Water Safety Week, focusing around a media campaign to complement awareness and education activities, which encourage lifesaving clubs and aquatic facilities to get involved and promote the importance of water safety prior to the peak summer season.
Ahmed Kelly - Water Safety Message
WATER SAFETY WEBSITE
The information on the site will help you learn how to be safe at the beach, at the river, by the pool and while boating and fishing.
www.watersafety.vic.gov.au is brought to you by the Victorian Government's ‘Play it Safe by the Water’ campaign, which is actively working towards increasing community awareness of water safety. It contains water safety information to assist you be safe at the beach, at the river, by the pool and while boating and fishing.
Swimming Victoria encourages all members to be safe around water, swim with a friend and look out for children and toddlers around water.
LIFE SAVING VICTORIA RESOURCES
Life Saving Victoria offer a range of resources for Schools, including:
- Education from Anywhere Portal: register HERE to access free engaging lesson plans and resources.
- Sink or Swim Meet a Lifeguard: have a Lifesaver come to your school to educate participants to make safe aquatic related decisions while enjoying inland, pool and coastal environments.
- Beach program and Open Water Learning Experience: give your students experience beyond the classroom and familiarise your students with their local aquatic environment. Students will be engaged in the practical activities and learn lifesaving techniques at a venue of your choice.
- Swim and Survive: Ready for swimming lessons? Locate your nearest facility by clicking HERE.
THE FACTS ABOUT RIP CURRENTS
Everyone should be aware of Rip Currents before entering the beach. Be aware and stay safe.
Rip currents are strong currents of water flowing away from shore through the surf zone. They are a strong force and on any give day, there are about 17,000 rips at beaches around Australia.
Water Safety Guide - Click Here
RESPECT THE RIVER CAMPAIGN
Did you know that the Yarra River is the top third drowning black spot in Australia behind The Murray and Brisbane Rivers? 31 people have drowned in the Yarra River since 2000, mostly in the CBD. Alcohol is a contributing factor to 80% of these cases and many were males in their 20s and tourists. As part of the Respect The River Campaign in association with Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Life Saving Victoria has produced six short videos outlining the hidden dangers of the Yarra River.