There are as many messages about water safety as there are organizations and individuals working on the issue - which makes it pretty confusing to the general public. The irony is that all the messages are pretty much the same. I think we need to make them uniformly consistent - globally.
Below are the Open Water Drowning Prevention Key Messages developed by an International Task Force and presented at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vietnam last May. I strongly suggest that all of us working in the drowning prevention field adopt these messages, verbatim, in our communication efforts.
Care of Self
Care of Others
I will make one observation. Safety signs and warning flags - there is no consistent global format or system. We can’t change that overnight, but we need to start working towards a predictable and consistent system in terms of what flags mean, where signs are posted, what is included in the warnings. If we make the public guess every time they read a sign, they won’t read the sign. Sounds like we need another International Task Force to address the signage/warning flag issue - and then agreement that we will all work to move our countries to the new system.
Who’s on board with adopting the Key Tasks and moving to more consistency? Let me know so we can add your name to the list.