Presentations given at conferences on drowning prevention are included in this section.
Rip Currents (by Peter Myles)
Peter Myles lives in Port Elizabeth (SA) and is International Tourism Consultant, Coastal & Maritime Specialist, Chair of NMB Maritime Cluster, Steering Committee Member of the International Coastal & Marine Tourism Society, and UNWTO Collaborator.
The majority of those who die by drowning are believed to be swimmers and drown close to safety. This presentation given by John Connolly at the Foundation's 2014 Drowning Prevention and Rescue Conference held in Dublin (30/9-2/10/2014) considers different aspects of the key question “Why are swimmers unable to swim a short distance to safety when their lives depend upon them doing so successfully?” It is suggested that drowning is situational and experience in one body of water may not transfer to others but can give swimmers a false sense of safety.
Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving presentation for the Bavo Verheyden Trophy 2014
The presentation of the drowning prevention programme by Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club which has been put forward for the Bavo Verheyden Trophy in 2014. Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club won for the third consecutive time the Bavo Verheyden Trophy for the best drowning prevention initiative during 2014.
Presentation by SCT at the Drowning Prevention and Rescue 2013 Conference
At this conference, organized by the Irish Lifesaving Foundation from 24th till 27th of April 2013 in Dublin, a half day was reserved for presentations on holiday drowning. Our experience is that generally speaking, the phenomenon of holiday drowning is a completely underestimated and under-researched topic. The world of tourism and the world of lifesaving (prevention of drowning) do hardly meet. We have personal experience that the touristic sector is most of the time indifferent to the problem of drowning of tourists. They do not want to go into the risks of drowning. Touristic sector focuses on the economic advantages, and fears that naming risks gives a negative impression of the destination. Mostly my presentations are a call for enforced and combined power of the world of lifesaving and the world of tourism to reduce the number of coastal drownings.