Staying Safe When Fishing or Swimming

A successful initiative for local residents supported by Hornsby Shire Council saw over 140 people attend the Staying Safe when Fishing or Swimming workshop held at Bobbin Head.

Representatives from Surf Life Saving NSW, Department of Primary Industries, Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Police (Ku-Ring Gai) provided valuable life safety skills and education tips.

The workshop was an informative way to educate members of the community about responsible fishing, with a strong emphasis on safety tips like wearing a lifejacket. Surf Life Saving NSW provided practical demonstrations in CPR and beach safety.

Surf Life Saving NSW Education Manager, Louise Fuller, said these workshops are timely after the tragic death of a rockfisher on the NSW South Coast and the rescue of another on the same day.

"Rock-fishing and swimming continue to be high-risk in NSW with over half of all drowning deaths last year related to these activities.

"Workshops such as these educate communities on how to take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones when participating in coastal activities, reminding them to check weather and ocean conditions, swim between the red and yellow flags and always fish or swim with a friend," said Ms Fuller.

Thu 23 Oct 2014