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 2002 and 2015, 403 children under the age of five drowned in Australian waterways. 78% of these deaths were the result of falls into water and over half occurred in home swimming pools.
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:
To date Royal Life Saving has developed three programs targeted at locations with specific aquatic hazards:
- Keep Watch
- Home Pool Safety
- Make It Safe - Portable Pool Safety
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Sinkers #DontDrinkAndSink
- Swim and Survive
- State and Territory Activities
- Bronze Medallion
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Grey Medallion
- Respect the River