While Queensland is a friendly and safe place to travel, it does pose some real risks for tourists who are away from their home environment (e.g. tourists who are not strong swimmers or who are not fluent in English).

Engaging with your visitors directly – talking to them clearly about safety risks – reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries, ensuring that they have a memorable and safe holiday experience.

Water Safety Handbook

We partner with Surf Life Saving Queensland each year to update the Water Safety Handbook – 8th edition (November 2018).

The Water Safety Handbook is a set of best practice guidelines for tourism operators to assist in keeping Queensland's visitors safe in all aquatic environments and therefore, has been updated as part of the ongoing priority that tourism industry stakeholders have towards achieving the aim of 'zero water deaths' held by the Queensland Visitor Safety Working Group.

It is intended that tourism operators refer to these guidelines to develop their own operations manuals and to utilise the checklists to conduct regular safety audits. The resource also includes links to download the Beach Safety App which has direct access to up to date information on Queensland’s beaches, translated to a variety of languages.

Other Water Safety Resources

A number of additional safety tips have been developed to help keep visitors safe while holidaying in Queensland’s beautiful recreational spaces: