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Watch Around Water

Introduction

Watch Around Water (WAW) is a campaign educating the public about active supervision, and encouraging parents / guardians to take on the responsibility of this role while visiting aquatic facilities.

The campaign aim is toreduce the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents and associated injuries in public aquatic facilities in Victoria within the 0-14 year age group.

Campaign Components

Structured policies
Water safety principles
Increased communication
Multicultural awareness
Staff up-skilling
Active application
Facility specific
Evaluated formally

Mandatory Policies

1. Children under 10 years old:

  • must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian
  • must be constantly and actively supervised

The parent / guardian must be positioned to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child / children.

2. Children under 5 years old:

  • must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian
  • must be constantly and actively supervised during recreational play within arms reach

3. Children over 10 years old:

  • For children 10 years and older, parents must use their knowledge of the child’s swimming ability and general development to determine the level of accompaniment required.

20 Seconds is all it takes to drown – Play It Safe By The Water

Member Resource Area
Accredited Facilities
Register for WAW
Evaluation Reports
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch Around Water Advisory Committee (WAWAC)

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