The Lifesaving Society conducts drowning research to support its work in the prevention of water-related injuries and fatalities. The collection and analysis of data provides an information base for the development of programs, safety promotion strategies and drowning prevention strategies. The information also provides an educational tool and information base for the Society’s customers and instructors, governments, other organizations and the general public.
Conducting annual drowning research enables the Society to focus its Water Smart® drowning prevention efforts on people most at risk (like men fishing in small boats) or those who can make a significant difference (such as parents of young children).
2016 National Drowning Reports
2015 National Drowning Report
2014 National Drowning Reports
2013 National Drowning Report
2012 National Drowning Report
2011 National Drowning Report
Archived Drowning Reports
The Lifesaving Society’s National Drowning Report is available in PDF. Also available are the National Boating Fatalities Report and Boating Fatalities Special Report.
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Archived National Drowning Trends Report
In recent years, the Society has been analyzing research data to determine drowning trends on which to base our programs, safety promotions and drowning prevention strategies. The following PDF files provide access to the current National Drowning Trends Reports.