Rob Brander

Life savers in a surf rescue boat attempt a rescue in rough surf

Beach safety education needs to be better targeted at multi-cultural Australian migrant communities if drownings are to be avoided.

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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.

Professor Rob Brander

A new collection of coastal research fieldwork stories reveals the exciting – and sometimes life-threatening – tales behind the science.

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COVID-19 is changing the dynamics of people swimming at beaches around the world, potentially making it more unsafe.

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50% of surveyed NSW coastal users don’t think that sea level rise will impact them, a report into the NSW community’s views on coastal hazards shows.

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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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TV show Bondi Rescue performs a valuable role in teaching the world about the dangers of rip currents and the importance of swimming between the flags, a global survey by UNSW researchers shows.

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Nine out of 10 coastal tourist parks in NSW are located adjacent to hazardous beaches, and about a third of these beaches are unpatrolled, a UNSW study shows.

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A global, online survey has been launched to see whether surfers are the unsung “guardians” of the beach, rescuing people who might otherwise have drowned.

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