Young children are at high risk of drowning. They are naturally curious and attracted to water. However, they are too young to understand the concept of danger, making supervision vital. Children drown quickly and silently, usually without calling out for help.
Supervising a group of children around water, such as at a pool party, is particularly difficult. It may be hard to see all areas of the pool, with pool toys and splashing water impeding vision. Different children have different swimming abilities and you may not be aware of the skill level of each child you are supervising. It is also easy to get distracted by one child, diverting your attention from the other children in the pool area.
If you are holding a pool party, there are some important things to consider. The children at the party will not be familiar with your pool, so explain the rules and layout of the pool to them. A designated child supervisor is needed, possibly more than one if there is a large group present. The supervisor should wear a Keep Watch ‘Designated Child Supervisor’ hat. If the supervisor needs to leave the pool area for any reason, the hat must be passed onto another adult who will then assume responsibility for supervising the children.