What is Drowning?
Despite drowning being a global public health issue, until recently there was not a globally recognized definition of drowning. In 2005, experts in clinical medicine, injury epidemiology, prevention and rescue from all over the world participated in an exercise to determine the universal definition of drowning. After much debate, the consensus was that the new definition should include both cases of fatal and nonfatal drowning. The following definition was determined:
Starfish Aquatics, along with NDPA member Dr. Justin Sempsrott, wrote a position statement to clarify the definition of drowning and misconceptions associated with drowning incidents. Stop Drowning Now agrees with the statement and invites you to read and share the position.