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Water safety lessons for high schools

This product is proudly Australian Made

ISBN : 978-1-86283-167-X

Published Date : 01 June 2002

Product Code : F 71P 2002

Format : Free PDF for download


Between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015, there were 271 drowning deaths in Australian waterways. In 2016, the number of people drowning in Australia has increased year, but remains the second lowest on average since 2002/03. 

Over half these drownings were related to swimming, surfing or falling into the ocean.

We use the sea for commerce and recreation; sports such as sailing, surfing, swimming or boating irresistibly attract many of us to the water. 

Water safety is an important part of marine studies because we all need to be aware of the dangers associated with water and its environment. We need to learn how to avoid drowning.

Simple skills such as how to tow someone out of danger using an everyday object,  how to operate a powerboat at a safe speed while wearing clothes to suit the situation or more advanced skills how to avoid falling off a yacht at night  are essential.

Teachers Information

A unit such as this should be compulsory in secondary education - even if for ONE lesson only.

Who knows it MAY save a life one day and it has been all worth it.


Wet Paper Publications would like to thank the following for their assistance in the design  and trialling of this module: 

Mick O'Connor and his yar 9 students at Ballina SHS


Our water culture 

Some causes of drowning 

Water safety issues

Regulations in specific sports

Class activity 

Key words 

Revision sheet 

Worksheet 1 Safe surfing 

Worksheet 2  Snorkelling safety considerations 

Worksheet 3 Snorkelling first aid 

Worksheet 4 Boating safety 19

Worksheet 5 Safety equipment 

Worksheet 6  Reducing snorkelling risks

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