New research reveals who is most at risk and what we can all do to stay safe while swimming.
We can learn a lot about avoiding and escaping this natural hazard by asking survivors what being caught in a rip is really like.
People have died taking selfies at cliffs, waterfalls and natural pools. We need to try a different approach to reducing the risk.
When a loved one is struggling in the water, you might want to rush in to save them. But make sure you stop and think or you could become the one in trouble.
Research reveals the reasons why people continue to swim at unpatrolled beaches, despite the warnings.
Beach safety education needs to be better targeted at multi-cultural Australian migrant communities if drownings are to be avoided.
Australia may be leading the way on coastal drowning research, but a study led by UNSW has identified the need for more evidence to support prevention strategies.
A learn to swim program is creating communities and building water safety awareness for international students.
Increased knowledge, education and resources are needed to address the ongoing problem of rip current drownings on Australian beaches, writes Rob Brander.
If we really want to reduce beach drownings, more research needs to be done to determine the most effective ways to educate people about rip currents, writes Rob Brander.