Keep Watch 6 - 10 Years

Constant active adult supervision is required

Life Stages 6-10 YearsEvery year 7 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years drown in Australia. Almost three quarters of children who drown in this age group are boys. Inland waterways such as rivers and lakes are the location where the highest number of drowning deaths occur.

As children increasingly engage with their peers, they still require a high level of supervision from parents and carers. Children can overestimate their own ability and underestimate risks to their safety. Ages 6 to 10 are perfect for further developing swimming and water safety skills with qualified instructors and practicing those skills outside of lessons.

Actions to prevent your 6-10 year old from drowning include:

  • Constant active supervision is required
  • Be prepared to get wet and enter the water
  • Continue learn to swim lessons with qualified instructors
  • Children to gain supervised experience in different aquatic environments
  • Adults to model safe behaviours around water for children
  • Learn CPR. Enrol in a course or update your skills

Click here to download the information brochure for drowning prevention strategies for 6-10 year olds