Keep Watch Background
Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations
For over 15 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 ten financial years (2002–03 to 2011–12) 339 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 and is currently supported by program partner PoolWerx.
To date Royal Life Saving has developed three programs targeted at locations with specific aquatic hazards:
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