The analysis of inland drowning revealed some clear risk factors that indicate where new drowning prevention work needs to be focused.  The chance of drowning is far higher for some types of people, areas and activities, with a ‘High’ rate of death amongst men especially in areas with a lot of rivers, canals and other open water.

Also, the rate of drowning is ‘Very High’ or ‘High’ in some watersports. Inland drowning prevention initiatives should be targeted by area, type of watersport, age and gender, with new initiatives focusing on open water safety which is where most drowning occurs.


You can view a summary of the research here.