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This report highlights research and analysis of fatal and non-fatal drowning across Australia between 1st July 2020 and 30th June 2021.
This past year has been difficult for so many. The ongoing fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has left a mark on families, workplaces, and communities. Lockdowns and restrictions have changed our routines and impacted our lifestyles. These changes will contribute to drowning risk over the coming months and potentially, years. Swim school closures and falling learn to swim enrolments may have generational impacts on swimming and lifesaving skills. Restrictions are forcing more Australians to recreate in unfamiliar waterways, often without lifeguard services.