Australia has an ageing population, with older people living longer and having healthier lives than those of previous generations. The low impact nature of aquatic activity makes it an ideal form of physical activity and recreation for older people. However, reduced physical ability and pre-existing medical conditions contribute to the drowning risk in this demographic. Reducing drowning among older people is a complex issue and limited progress has been made.
Preventing drowning in older people (65+ years) is a priority because Australians are remaining more active into their later years and are well placed to realise the benefits of fun, fitness and recreation in and around the water but need appropriate water safety education to stay safe.