Water safety


Drowning is the leading cause of death in Queensland for children aged 1–4 years. Teach children to swim and always supervise them when they're in the pool. New pool safety laws have been introduced to help save lives.


The beach can be a hazardous place. Be aware of the dangers at Queensland beaches and take steps to stay safe.

Swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers and dams

Swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers and dams is fun, but there are hidden dangers, which can cause serious injuries.

Dangerous marine life

Queensland is home to some of the world's most unique, but most dangerous marine life. Learn how to minimise your risk.


Drinking alcohol before swimming increases the risk of drowning or injury. Alcohol impairs your senses and encourages risk-taking behaviour—you should never swim after drinking.


The blood alcohol limit for people operating boats is the same as for people driving cars—0.05. The effects of alcohol are increased while boating due to the sun, wind, waves and constant motion.

Learn more about boating safety, including maritime safety laws.