Let’s make this summer safe and fun in the water. Whether you’re outside by the pool or at the beach or river, it’s critical you take care around water, especially with children. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian young children and 20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown.
AT THE RIVER OR INLAND WATERS
Inland waters might look calm but they can have strong undercurrents and are loaded with submerged hazards like tree branches and rocks. Before entering the water, check the depth; enter the water slowly, feet first and never dive in. Avoid swimming near boat ramps or in boating areas and never swim alone.
AT THE BEACH
Beach-goers should always swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Never swim alone and if you get into trouble – stay afloat and wave your arm for attention. Always read and obey the signs at the river and the beach.
All children in a pool or spa should be under constant adult supervision and toddlers and young children should be within arm’s reach. Before installing a pool or spa (including a temporary one) be sure you have a building permit. Pools and spas (including inflatable and temporary pools) deeper than 30cm require a child safety barrier with a self-closing and latching gate.
Remember: pool barriers and fencing are no substitute for adult supervision. To find out more about pool barriers, visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE IN THE WATER
Learn life-saving skills, such as CPR and first-aid. These courses will provide you with knowledge and skills in water safety, personal survival and basic rescue. Enrol your children in swimming lessons to ensure they have the skills and confidence for personal survival and water safety.
For more information on Swim Sport and Leisure’s swimming programs, visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/ssl