Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Surf Life Saving Australia smart phone app translates into saving lives

September 29, 2013

Surf Life Saving Australia's recent release of a smartphone app which provides real time beach and water safety messages in 72 languages looks set to save lives this summer.

The Beachsafe app lets users obtain beach safety information and conditions for more than 12,000 Australian beaches and, in Queensland, will support the Queensland Government's 'On the Same Wave' initiative, a partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Welcoming the launch of the app last week, Queensland's Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes stated "we are home to a culturally diverse community, with people from more than 220 different countries who speak more than 220 languages living in Queensland.

"Unfortunately, drowning victims in Australia include an over-representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds who are considered a high-risk group by surf authorities.

"Last financial year, six of the eight recorded drownings were of an international background, and all were male.

"The year before, there were five recorded preventable surf/beach related drownings in Queensland, and again all male.

"Understanding beach and surf conditions and following safe surfing techniques are pre-requisites to enjoying our great beach environment incident-free.

"The surf can be an unforgiving environment, and sometimes there are no second chances."

Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said with more than 20 million visitors travelling to Queensland each year, the app would provide an important service in keeping tourists safe, adding "Queensland is famous for its beach culture and a lifestyle based around the water which attracts tourists to our state each year. Being aware of potential dangers is key to avoiding them, and enjoying the beach safely.

"The app is directed at people from non-English speaking backgrounds, but it also includes an English version to provide useful information for anyone planning a perfect day at the beach.

"This revamped app will allow users to access vital information about beaches close to them and make informed decisions about where they swim."

The Beachsafe app is available for free for IOS and Android and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.


https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/beachsafe/id397699623?mt=8

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

INTELLIGENZ

Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology

 
 

EventPro

At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…

read more

Events / Hospitality / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business