drownings

A surfer waits for a wave at sunset or sunrise

UNSW scientists will be assessing the role surfers play in rescuing swimmers in distress as well as their broader contribution to society in a world-first, global survey.

Aerial view of beachgoers at an Australian beach

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. 

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UNSW scientists are encouraging people who have been rescued from the water by a bystander, or who have helped save the life of someone else in trouble, to take part in a citizen lifesaver survey.

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Dr Rob Brander discusses how to spot and avoid rips at beaches.