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 @ 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.
The Keep Watch @ Public Pools policy and the ages within it represent minimum standards only. Royal Life Saving encourages pools to adopt a higher standard wherever possible.
The recommendation for parents to physically check up on 11–14 year olds is intended to educate parents that this group is still at risk despite having a high degree of independence and parental supervision is an effective means of increasing their safety. Facilities should assist in the education of parents by drawing parents’ attention to the 11–14 recommendation. Facilities should also develop strategies for parental supervision of this age group as part of their policies and entry requirements.
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.
The Keep Watch Program targets parents and carers of children to help them understand their responsibilities and the dangers of leaving their children unattended at the pool.
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