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Cold Water

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Safety Factsheet #


Cold water is a contributing factor in fatal and non fatal drowning and is identified as a priority issue in Royal Life Savings Drowning Prevention Strategies.

Swimming or falling into cold water (<15°C) can result in cold water shock and increases the risk of drowning. It can impact people of all ages and fitness, including even the most capable swimmers.

Swimming, recreating or falling into cold water without appropriate safety equipment and precautions can cause cold water shock and hypothermia.

Accidental falls into water is a leading cause of drowning, accounting for an average of 52 drowning deaths each year. Slippery banks, poor weather conditions and alcohol are all factors which can contribute to falls into water. Small changes in core body temperature can have profound effect on how we perform simple tasks.

Cold Water Safety

"Check the Conditions Before Going In"

When Swimming, Boating, Fishing or Paddling watercraft it is really important that individuals check the 'five w's before entering the water:

Warnings - Check the Burea of Metorology weather warnings, marine warnings before you go to your aquatic location and once on site make sure you check again and read the safety signs for prohibitions and warnings



Water Tempreture

Water Movement

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