Are you summer safety ready?

Supporting the #AreYouSummerReady campaign by Royal Life Saving NSW

WaterNSW is partnering with Royal Life Saving NSW to help spread the #AreYouSummerReady message to stay safe on inland waterways this summer.

With the summer holiday period fast approaching, WaterNSW is reminding visitors to always put safety first when visiting our dams and recreation areas.

“Summer is always a busy time at our recreation lakes and campgrounds across regional NSW,” Michelle Yeaman,  WaterNSW General Manager Regional Operations North, said.

“We’re proud to support campaigns like Royal Life Saving’s #AreYouSummerReady, to remind visitors to WaterNSW sites to get ready for summer and stay switched on to safety.”

Craig Roberts, General Manager of Drowning Prevention, Royal Life Saving NSW ACT Tasmania, said the #AreYouSummerReady is about checking in with yourself and your family, so you can safely enjoy a water way of life this summer.

“While national drowning rates decreased in 2022-23 from the 10-year average, NSW still suffers almost double the number of drownings than Queensland and Victoria, and triple the rate of Western Australia, with 107 lives lost in 2022-23," Craig said.

“We want people of all ages and from all regions, to be ready and able to enjoy the water safely, and that starts now.”

Put water safety first this summer

WaterNSW operates 20 dams across regional NSW, most of which are also available for water sports.

“The lakes at our inland dams are especially busy over summer,” said Michelle, who is based in Armidale on the NSW Northern Tablelands. Nearby dams such as Chaffey, Copeton and Keepit are popular in summer.

“The lake is there to share, so please be mindful of others. Stick to the correct zone for powered activities, swimming and fishing.

“Whether you’re heading out for a day of fishing, camping with the kids, or meeting friends for a picnic, we want all visitors to our recreation areas to be safe.

“Be on the lookout for hazards like fast flowing water, flood debris or fallen trees.

“If you see a hazard or an incident at any of our sites, please let us know by calling our incident reporting line on 1800 061 069. In an emergency, always call 000 first,” Michelle said.

Check out our tips on staying safe at our sites, and visit our dams pages to check if your preferred site is open. You can also register for our Early Warning Network (EWN), which is our automated notification system to help you stay safe by updating you on dam and water supply activities.

Published date: 18 December 2023

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