Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations
Keep 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. Between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2016, 430 children under the age of five drowned in Australian waterways.
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. Keep Watch is proudly supported by Protector Aluminium.
To date Royal Life Saving has developed three programs targeted at locations with specific aquatic hazards:
- Keep Watch
- Keep Watch Home Pool Safety
- Swim and Survive
State and Territory Activities
- ACT Primary Schools Program
- ACT Ministers Swim and Survive Certificate
- ACT Swim for Life Program
- ACT First Aid @ Home
- NT Water Safety Strategy 2012-2016
- NT Water Safety Week 2016
- NT Sunday Lifesaving Program
- NT Sunday Infant Aquatics
- NT Water Safety Awareness Program
- NT VACSWIM Program
- TAS AQUAVATE Conference
- Respect the River
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Make It Safe - Portable Pool Safety
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Sinkers #DontDrinkAndSink
- Bronze Medallion
- Grey Medallion
- Community Development