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With temperatures set to soar across the region this summer, Council’s leisure and aquatic centres will be enforcing safety policies, which require active supervision of children up to 14-years-old.
The edict is part of the Royal Life Saving Society’s Keep Watch @ Public Pools
program, which revealed that a lack of direct parental supervision was a contributing
factor in 70 per cent of all drowning deaths at public pools.
Administrator Richard Colley said each of the council’s leisure and aquatic centres
endorsed the Keep Watch @ Public Pools Program, which includes guidelines to
prevent drowning deaths at swimming pools.
“The program targets parents and carers of children to help them understand their
responsibilities and the dangers of leaving their children unattended at the pool,” he
“The guidelines state that parents or guardians should actively supervise their children at
all times and be dressed ready for sudden pool entry.
“Lifeguards do a great job keeping our pools safe, but they are not babysitters.”
Children under the age of five will be issued with a wristband upon entry to the pools, to
identify them as high risk and in need of direct parental supervision.
While they must be supervised by their parents and carers, children under 10 must be
accompanied into the centres by a responsible adult over the age of 18 years and
supervised within line of sight.
Keep Watch @ Public Pools Policy:
For 0-5 year olds and non-swimmers, a parent or guardian must be in the water
at all times (within arm’s reach) of the child. It is best if you are engaging with
your child i.e. playing with them & talking to them.
For 6-10 year olds, a parent should be close enough to make eye contact with
For 11-14 year olds, a parent must regularly check on their child by physically
going to the point where they are in or around the water.
2/03/2017 4:07 PM