PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM DROWNING
Keep Watch Water is a fun and enjoyable environment for children and a water park can be fun for all the family. Time spent in the water assists in a child’s physical and intellectual development. The ability to safely enjoy water continues to benefit us all at all stages of our lives.
Positive experiences begin from birth – bath time is the ideal introduction to water and the aquatic environment. Parents and carers can encourage children to feel comfortable with water by playing and making bath time and other water-based activities fun.
Royal Life Saving – Australia is targeting risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools. Lack of direct supervision of the parent or carer, while the child was in the water, has been the main factor in 70% of the drowning deaths at public pools.
As a result, Royal Life Saving – Australia developed the Keep Watch @ Public Pools program and Big Splash Waterpark fully subscribes to and supports this important public education program.
WHAT IS KEEP WATCH @ PUBLIC POOLS?
Keep Watch @ Public Pools is a public education program aimed to eliminate all drowning deaths and reduce the number of near-drowning incidences that occur in aquatic leisure centres, public swimming centres and pools.
Keep Watch @ Public Pools is targeted at parents and carers of children to help them understand the dangers of leaving your children unattended at the pool.
As a parent you have a responsibility to look after your own children – lifeguards do a great job of keeping our pools safe but they are not babysitters.
Big Splash Waterpark fully subscribes and supports this important public education program.
The Keep Watch @ Public Pools program includes a range of strategies to help prevent drowning deaths and incidents from occurring at centres. These include a public education program that has a range of key supervision messages within the facility such as pool signage, safety messages on pool announcement systems and information cards for lifeguards to use to help educate parents.
Big Splash Waterpark actively participates in this program and has strict policies for parental supervision which are supported by the Royal Life Saving Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations.
LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT BABYSITTERS!
You are responsible for your child at ALL TIMES
- Children 14 years and under are not allowed entry unless under the active supervision of a person 16 years or older.
- Parents or guardians should actively supervise their children at all times. As such, they should be dressed ready for action, including unexpected entry to a pool.
- 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, touching them
- For 6-10-year-olds a parent should be close enough to make eye contact with the child and be constantly watching them.
- For 11-14-year-olds a parent must regularly check on their child by physically going to the point where they are in or around the water.
Visit the Royal Life Saving – Australia website for further details click here