The Bay of Plenty, which is located in New Zealand, has given rise to numerous drowning incidents. Just last year alone, twelve people drowned there. This is only a percentage of the total number of drownings which took place in the waters of New Zealand. In all, 123 people drowned in New Zealand last year. This figure was up 41 per cent compared to 2010. It was also the highest and worst drowning toll in eight years since 2003.
As we all know, drowning can occurred for various reasons and without any warning. Eight of the drownings in the Bay of Plenty occurred during water activities such as power boating, rowing, free diving, boogie boarding or swimming. As for the remaining four incidents, they happened due to either accidental immersions or motor vehicle accidents.
Compared to a record low in 2010, the increase in 2011 of such magnitude was extremely disappointing according to the WSNZ chief executive. Last year alone, there were 66 drownings due to water activities, 24 occupational drownings and 30 due to other causes such as suicides, homicide and vehicle crashes. Of all these drownings, 80 per cent of them were men. There were also 14 cases of drowning for children under the age of five as well.
There’s always a saying that goes, prevention is better than cure. To prevent drownings from occurring, always remember the safety basics. These includes wearing life jackets, checking the weather forecast, staying within your limits, not swimming alone and avoiding alcohol.
For this year, it hasn’t really started on a good note for New Zealand. Up till today, there are already 15 drowning cases. Out of these 15 cases, a number of the them were swept out to sea. They range from 15 to 44 years old. This goes to show that drowning can happen to anyone. Even if you’re a good swimmer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be able to escape from drowning as it can occur when you least expect it to.
If you want to learn more about advance swimming programs, check out what Happy Fish Swim School has to offer. However, do take note that you should already know the basics of swimming and complete the beginner course at least. The advance swimming programs can provide you with more knowledge and skills in swimming. You could potentially save your own life or someone else’s life with these set of knowledge and skills.