International Drowning Researchers' Alliance

"...Promoting safer aquatic environments through evidence based reserach..."


There is not enough scientific evidence to assist professionals and organizations to make the best decisions to reduce drowning by applying effective solutions. The multidisciplinary nature of drowning research demands improved coordination across various agendas and sectors, and according to the WHO “further research can do much to clarify key issues and should be actively supported”, this being one of the ten actions to help prevent drowning worldwide.



The International Drowning Researchers' Alliance (IDRA) was established as global scientific network devoted to all aspects of the use of quantitative and qualitative methods in drowning research to promote safety in and around water environments. IDRA provides a vital link between researchers and those involved in the management and prevention of drowning.



IDRA is a worldwide network of drowning experts working voluntarily to share knowledge, identify what kind of research is being carried out, and establish an international strategic plan for research.


Mission, Vision,
and Values

  • Vision: To promote safer aquatic environments through evidence-based research.
  • Mission: To be a leading international network for educational, charitable and scientific purposes in the field of evidence-based drowning research.
  • Values:

Ambitious: We aim to foster, coordinate and disseminate drowning research worldwide on the topics of prevention, rescue and treatment in the multi-sectorial context of injury prevention, public health, emergency medicine, lifeguarding and rescue, educational and sport sciences, psychology, sociology, policy, economics and engineering.

Collaborative: We seek to promote innovative drowning-related research by serving as a platform for collaboration and diverse efforts fostering the reduction of aquatic incidents in and around water. We collaborate with academic and governmental research centers to promote international exchange of knowledge and best practices in the field.

Creative: We are open to new ideas, embrace change, and actively seek out new evidence- and practical solutions to reducing global drowning.

Integrity: We aspire to the highest standards of honesty, openness, personal, and professional behavior. We will always act in the best interests of the community to reduce the burden of drowning worldwide.

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IDRA is a voluntary organization that replies on donations to help reduce drowning.

All donations will be reinvested in supporting the research activities of IDRA and its members.

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