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River Safety

While we want people to enjoy the water, it’s important to understand that it can be dangerous. There are a range of perils, from ice cold water to snags from tree branches to strong currents.

Royal Life Saving Australia

Royal Life Saving Australia exists to help all Australians enjoy the water safely through drowning prevention leadership, education and action.

"Few people appreciate just how dangerous our inland waterways can be, particularly those who lack swimming skills and knowledge of local water conditions” - Justin Scarr, CEO Royal Life Saving Australia

Respect the River

Currents, undertows or submerged objects, even in seemingly tranquil waterways can prove to be very dangerous.
Royal Life Saving Australia developed the Respect the River campaign with Federal Government support to educate communities about inland waterway safety.

There are several ways to prepare for spending time in and around inland waterways, including:

  • Check conditions before entering the water
  • Enter the water slowly, feet first
  • Take care around crumbling riverbeds and slippery dam edges
  • Avoid underwater obstacles such as rocks, branches, rubbish
  • Take care when walking on unstable or slippery riverbeds
  • Avoid crossing flooded waterways
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs around water
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating or using watercraft
  • Always swim with a mate

Playing it safe in the water

When escaping the summer heat in Albury, it is vital to remember to:

  • Always supervise children around water
  • Avoid alcohol around water
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating and fishing
  • Avoid going alone
  • Know the conditions

Helpful Links:

Inland Waterways

Multicultural Communities

Respect the River