Observatory for water accidents


2017 - 2020


Annual report: Observatory for water accidents in Greece:

Safe Water Sports has etsablished in cooperation with the State the ''Observatory for accidents'' which allows for the accurate recording of data related to drownings and accidents at sea and internal waters (polls, lakes, rivers etc) in cooperation with the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Hellenic Police respectively. 

The Organization has udnertakes the statistical analysis of data of the Observatory, in order to plan the national policy for supporting prevention activities  amining at the continuous reduction of loss of life.


  • From 2017-2021, each year, on average, 339 people lose their lives at sea while doing leisure activities
  • 7 out of 10 people die at sea because of drowning
  • 82% of people who lose their lives at sea are over 60
  • 70% of people who lose their lives at seas are Greeks
  • 76% of fatal accidents occur at beaches which are "not guarded" by a lifeguard
  • 93% of fatal accidents take place at a beach of the National Beach Register

Internal waters:

  • From 2017-2021, every year 9 people, on average, lose their lives while doing leisure activities
  • 50% of fatal accidents that occur in internal water take place at swimming pools.
  • 54% of people who lose their lives while doing leisure activities range from 18-59

Click here to read in details the Statistical Report regarding drownings and accidents that take place in the aquatic environment for the time period 2017-2020.