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ANALYSIS On average, at least eight people drown per year as a result of using non-powered watercraft. It’s the fourth highest number of drowning deaths for an individual activity.

RANK

8 100

4

4 38

FATALITIES

AVERAGE FATALITY RATE PER 100,000 POPULATION

TYPE OF CRAFT

16 4

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

25–44

MEN AGED 8%

Australian residents; surfers, body boarders & kayakers

3% 3% 5%

55–64

MEN AGED 51%

51%

13%

21

17

AVERAGE DEATHS PER YEAR

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0.03

0

Australian Residents; surfers Other Surf ski Canoe Kite surfing Kayak Body Board Surf Board

SURF BOARD 17%

MALE

PARTICIPATION • 1.8 million surfers

• 1 million frequent surfers (at least once per month)

• 0.9 million frequent paddlers (at least once per month) 0.06

WATERCRAFT DROWNING DEATHS TREND

Rate per 100,000 pop. Total drowning deaths

0.06

0.05 0.04 0.04

0.87

0.04 0.03

0.07 0.05

0.02

0.02

0.05 0.04

7

5

8

3

3

5

7

13

14

5

9

11

10

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

0.03

2005-06

0.01

0.02

2004-05

0.01

95%

1

• 1.5 million watercraft users

0.03

44

AVERAGE AGE

51% SURFING

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

55% MEDICAL INJURY (OF KNOWN CASES)

19% RIP CURRENTS

Reference: SLSA National Coastal Safety Report 2017

SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTR ALIA

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COASTAL SAFET Y BRIEF – SURFING SURFING && WATERCR WATERCRAFT AFT

Profile for SLSA

Coastal Safety Brief - Surfing and Watercraft  

Coastal Safety Brief - Surfing and Watercraft