They teach us that drowning victims can be spotted and heard in the water because they are waving their hands and screaming. This is misleading as this is not true. Read about the difference between distress and drowning in this article: http://www.excelsiorfire.org/images/pdf-new/Water_safety.pdf
With thanks to Matthias Therry, IKWV and RedFed for the footage.
On 18/4/2011 Bavo Verheyden (21) drowned in the Indian Ocean off the Eastern Coast of South Africa. The family seizes his death to warn others of the dangers of the sea and the ocean.
But the most important message of this video is: only visit lifeguarded beaches and always stay between the red & yellow flags!
To learn more about rip currents worldwide, follow this link: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/.
Surf Life Saving Australia partnered with Virgin Australia to launch the 2012-13 surf safety campaign, 'Swim between the flags'. The central message of the campaign is 'if we can't see you, we can't save you', an imperative pillar to educate all Australians and international tourists about the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags.
This movie is aimed at the general public, and in particular at parents of toddlers and young children, to anchor the message that small children should always be accompanied when they are near water and that the supervisor should be within arm's reach.
Dit project was een initiatief van de Vrije Basisschool SInt-Pieter en 't Zandschooltje van Blankenberge en werd mede mogelijk gemaakt met de steun van de Blankenbergse Strandreddingsdienst. Met dit project worden leerlingen van het zesde leerjaar kennis en vaardigheden voor de zee meegegeven. Ze leren over de gevaren van de zee en ook het aanleren van reanimatietechnieken komt aan bod. Belangrijk is dat de jongeren zich realiseren dat de zee geen zwembad is, en dat ze de bewaakte zones opzoeken wanneer ze in zee willen gaan.
This documentary has been made in October 2012 by cameraman and director Matthias Therry where he follows the family on their trip to Port St Johns (South Africa) where Bavo Verheyden (21) drowned on 18/4/2011 in the ocean at Ntafufu beach. At that occasion the family also spoke with representatives of the local touristic sector and lifeguards of Port St Johns.