Holiday-makers urged to Make The Right Call this Easter

13 April 2022
As the Easter long weekend approaches, Royal Life Saving WA is urging West Australians to Make The Right Call to keep themselves safe around water.  
Rachel Murray, Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Health Promotion and Research, says the Easter long weekend is a popular time to head out on a boat or fishing trip, but it’s not a time to be complacent with people twice as likely to drown on a public holiday. 
“While we want everyone to enjoy their break, it’s important to take precautions to ensure you come home safely from your holiday.”  
More than one-third of all drowning deaths in Australia occur more than 50km from a person’s home, with visits to unfamiliar swimming, boating, and fishing spots increasing that risk.  Males over the age of 45 are at greatest risk of losing their lives while boating or fishing in WA, with incidents more likely to occur in regional areas.  
“Make the right call by checking the weather forecast and remember that conditions can change quickly, so if bad weather or strong swell threatens your spot then leave immediately. Speak to visitor information centres for advice on the safest swimming, boating and fishing locations and read all available safety signage – it’s been placed there for a reason.” 
Royal Life Saving WA is also encouraging holiday-makers to avoid participating in water activities alone. 
“Regardless of your skill level and confidence, things can go wrong around the water quickly. Having a friend or family member with you could save your life in an emergency.”  
“Our message to both travellers and locals is to remain vigilant around water this holiday weekend. We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful natural environments, but to do so safely. Don’t overestimate your ability or underestimate the dangers.”  
Royal Life Saving WA is urging everyone to follow these 4 tips to enjoy the water safely this long weekend:  
1. KNOW THE CONDITIONS – check local weather and water conditions  
2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS – alcohol and water don’t mix  
3. KNOW THE GEAR – wear a lifejacket and take a mate  
4. KNOW WHAT TO DO – learn First Aid and CPR  
Make the Right Call is delivered in partnership with the Western Australian Department of Health.