Keep Watch @ The Farm
Don’t drown on the land
On average, two children under the age of five, drown in farm dams every year. In addition, for every one of those drowning deaths, there are approximately three hospitalisations.
Farms also contain many other drowning hazards. While dams are the most common location for toddler drowning deaths, troughs, irrigation channels, water tanks, swimming pools, and even rivers and lakes, pose an equally significant risk to children.
But while it is not always feasible to fence off large water bodies, there are some simple measures that can make the farm environment as safe as possible.
Royal Life Saving’s Keep Watch @ The Farm program strongly advocates for supervision to be a priority at all farm locations and for supervision to be supported by water awareness, resuscitation skills and Child Safe Play Areas.
Easy access to water and a lack of direct adult supervision by parents or carers have been the main factors in the farm drowning deaths of children.
Find out more about Child Safe Play Areas
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State and Territory Activities
- ACT Jobs Board
- ACT Schools Program
- ACT Ministers Swim and Survive Certificate
- ACT Junior Lifeguard Club
- ACT Swim for Life Program
- ACT Ngadyung Program
- ACT First Aid @ Home
- NT Water Safety Strategy 2017-2021
- NT Stay Out of Pipes and Drains
- NT Sunday Lifesaving Program
- NT Infant Aquatics Program
- NT Water Safety Awareness Program
- NT VACSWIM and Swim and Survive Bootcamp Program
- National Swimming and Water Safety Framework
- Swim and Survive
- SWIM MY WAY
- Respect the River
- Don't Let Your Mates Drink and Drown
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Make It Safe
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Bronze Medallion
- Grey Medallion
- Swim Ready
- Community Development