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Families

Toddler Drowning Prevention

Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations

Keep Watch Action SuperviseKeep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations. For nearly 20 years Keep Watch has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children 0–4 years of age and in the last eleven financial years (2002–03 to 2012–13) 359 children under the age of five drowned in Australia.

The Keep Watch program has four key drowning prevention Actions. These should not be used individually but together to maximise child safety – if one line of defence fails, the other prevention measures will be actively working to prevent your child from drowning.

The four key Actions are:

Keep Watch has widespread community and industry support.

To date Royal Life Saving has developed three programs targeted at locations with specific aquatic hazards:

Click here to download a print friendly version of the Keep Watch Information Brochure

If you are a community health worker or are interested in educating others on the Keep Watch program please click here to download a print friendly version of the Keep Watch Information Manual