“Australia is known for its luxurious beaches and summer-based culture of surfing, swimming, tanning and relaxing on the sand. Although there are systems put in place to help keep the community safe at beaches, they cater heavily towards English speakers and some tourists are put at risk. In 2018, 249 people drowned in Australia, 25 per cent being people born overseas,” Otis said.
“As Australia’s tourism rates are on the rise, our waters are becoming more and more of a threat to people who can’t understand the language, symbols, colours and signs that are supposed to educate people on how to stay safe at the beach.
“My project takes form as a multilingual beach safety animation, aimed to help reduce this concerning number of deaths at Australian beaches.”