Organizers of the third International Water Safety Symposium reported healthy attendance for this year’s event, which took place June 19-23 in Incheon, South Korea.

“The symposium, by any and all measures, was enormously successful with over 200 participants representing 20 countries,” said Peter Dae Yong Kang, executive director of Lifesaving Society Korea.

The symposium, which highlights public education and training strategies to prevent drowning, kicked off with a welcome address by Sarah Myoungok Choi, president of Lifesaving Korea. The keynote was delivered by Adam Weir, the newly appointed director of Surf Lifesaving Australia. More than 40 professional papers, focused mostly on new drowning prevention research and its implementation in public education programs, were presented at the conference.

Next year’s event will take place mid-May in Bangkok.