NSW Ambulance Service is urging Australians to learn first aid to combat a rise in medical emergencies involving water.
Paramedics used social media to ask the public to learn first aid after more than a dozen people required CPR in twenty-four hours.
The resuscitations were often performed by trained citizens before paramedics arrived on scene.
The latest reminder of the importance of CPR comes as a 33-year-old man was pulled from the surf at Kirra beach yesterday and later died.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the man's death.
A spokesperson for the ambulance service was adamant everyone should take a course in proper first aid.
"Learn first aid," they said.
"That's the message we would like to extend to the community today following a spike in water related incidents around our beaches and swimming pools."
Those interested in learning first aid should contact St John's on 1800 ST JOHN to book their training session.
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