The night temperatures in Canberra are falling, the trees have started to lose their leaves, ANZAC Day is not that far away. This can only mean one thing... Winter.
While Canberra has very cold winters, there are still many people who go out onto Lake Burley Griffin for sailing, rowing, paddling and even cold water swimming. However, the effects of cold water can be very dangerous and exposed persons can develop hypothermia quickly. Those going out on the Lake should know the risks and take precautions.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe this winter:
The NCA is a member of the ACT Safe Waters Committee. Working with the NCA and the ACT Water Police, Royal Life Saving ACT, encourages the safe use of the Lake:
"The flat, still surface of an inland waterway can give a false sense of security. The weather, even for seemingly tranquil waterways such as Lake Burley Griffin, can quickly impact conditions resulting in sudden changes to temperature, turbidity and clarity. Royal Life Saving Australia recommends familiarising yourself with the area prior to use, wearing a lifejacket whilst using personal and recreational watercraft, and participating in aquatic activities in groups or with others whenever possible. " (Cherry Bailey, CEO Royal Life Saving ACT)
More people drown in inland waterways than any other water body in Australia. Respect the River is a campaign by Royal Life Saving targeting these preventable deaths. Visit https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/programs/respect-the-river to learn more about how to stay safe while recreating on or near inland waterways.
The cold water in Lake Burley Griffin is more dangerous than blue green algae and bacteria combined. The risks are real - hypothermia occurs quickly and can kill.
We love that you enjoy using the Lake all year round, but please stay safe.
We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.
We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.