Keep Watch at Public Pools
Royal Life Saving is targeting high-risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools.
With lack of direct supervision by a parent or carer believed to be a contributing factor in 70% of all drowning deaths at public pools, the Keep Watch at Public Pools program aims to eliminate all drowning deaths and reduce the number of near drowning incidents at these facilities.
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.
Keep Watch at Public Pool Policy
0-5 YEAR OLDS & NON-SWIMMERS:
Parents must stay within arms' reach
6-10 YEARS OLDS & WEAK SWIMMERS:
Parents must be close, be prepared & maintain constant visual contact
11-14 YEAR OLDS:
Parents should maintain visual contact
What is active supervision at Public Pools?
Active supervision at public pools consists of four key elements:
Be Prepared: Ensure you have everything you need before getting into the water, such as towels and dry clothes.
Be Close: Always be within arms' reach of your child.
All of Your Attention: Focus all of your attention on your child and get into the pool and talk and play with them.
All of the Time: You should never leave your child alone in the water, nor should they be left in the care of an older child or with the assumption that your responsibility diminishes due to the presence of lifeguards.
Keep Watch at Public Pools Resources
There are a wide range of resources available to swimming pools and aquatic facilities that sign up as Keep Watch at Public Pools partners including:
- Information Brochures
- Lifeguard Information Cards
- A range of signage including Entry Signs and Lap Signs
- And more...
Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation
The Keep Watch at Public Pools program ensures that participating pools exceed the recommendations outlined in the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation and therefore promotes a higher standard of supervision in the aquatics industry.
The safety guidelines and risk management systems for all aquatic environments are essential for developing a water safe community.
The increased demands on facility managers, duty supervisors and lifeguards to improve safety standards and keep abreast of industry best practice can be difficult and time consuming. Yet implementation of risk management and occupational health and safety measures are essential to maintaining an efficient and safe aquatic operation.
To assist aquatic facilities achieve this, Royal Life Saving has introduced a range of Aquatic Risk Management Services:
- Expert Witness Reports
- Customised Lifeguard Training Systems
- Management Consultancy