Water and Snow Safety

Water and Snow Safety           
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission 
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) (November 2015), and Swim Australia (November 2015)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated:  6 July 2017
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Because of Australia’s climate and population distribution, most people access coastal beaches or inland bodies of water for aquatic recreational or sporting activities. Swimming pools, both public and private, also provide opportunities for aquatic activities. Swimming is a popular leisure, fitness participation, and competitive activity. Therefore, aquatic safety is a national priority.

The Australian government also recognises the seasonal requirements for snow safety and has invested in programs and provides grants to organisations enabling snow (alpine) safety.

Together, aquatic and snow safety strategies are part of the Australia Government’s National Recreation Safety Program.

Key Messages 


Because of Australia's climate, population distribution and cultural affinity for aquatic sport and recreation, governments uniquely place water safety as a public priority.


Snow safety is a seasonal component of the National Recreational Safety Program.

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