Lifeguards are not babysitters!
Your safety is very important to us and while there are lifeguards on hand, we ask you to follow these steps to help ensure your safety in and around our aquatic areas.
Swirl is a Keep Watch facility. This program was developed by Royal Lifesaving Australia to educate parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on, or around the water in a variety of locations. Royal Life Saving continues to extend this approach by targeting specific locations such as public pools.
Keep Watch @ Public PoolsRoyal Life Saving is targeting risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools. Lack of direct supervision by parent or carer while the child was in the water has been the main factor in 70% of drowning deaths at public pools.
This program aims to eliminate all drowning deaths and reduce the number of near drowning incidents that occur in aquatic leisure centres and public swimming pools.
The program is targeted at parents and carers of children to help them understand the dangers of leaving their children unattended at the pool. As a parent you have a responsibility to look after your own children.
What is Keep Watch?
Keep Watch is aimed at preventing children under 5 years from drowning by having parents and carers undertake four simple actions:
Ensure that when your child is in, on, or around the water they are within arms' reach and have your undivided attention at all times. This includes being prepared by having towels and dry clothes available before going swimming and parents being ready and willing to enter the water with the child.
Ensure that where possible there is a barrier between your child and the water.
When arriving at an aquatic location, like a public pool, ensure you have rules in place for your children such as no going near the water without an adult.
Be prepared to respond in an emergency. Enrol in a resuscitation course and update your skills annually. If required, any response is better than nothing. Just push and blow, as soon as possible call '000'.
What is 'Active Supervision' @ Public Pools?
Active Supervision @ 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 and older child or the lifeguard at a public pool. If you need to go to the change room, kiosk or lockers, take your child with you
Keep Watch @ Public Pools Policy
- Children (under 10 years) are not allowed entry unless under active supervision of a person 16 years or older
- Parents and guardians should actively supervise their children at all times. As such, they should be dressed ready for action, including unexpected pool entry
- For 0-5 year olds and non-swimmers a parent or guardian is in the water at all times within arms' reach of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them. Children will be issued a yellow band at reception before entering the pool.
- For 6-10 year olds and weak swimmers constant active supervision is required. be prepared to get wet and enter the water with this age group. Please make it known to reception if you or your child is a weak swimmer and we will issue an orange wrist band to help lifeguards identify you in the water.
- For 11-14 year olds it is recommended that a parent check up on their child by physically going to the point where they are in or around the water.
For more information on the Keep Watch @ Public Pools program visit the keep watch website.