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Watch Around Water


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 to reduce 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.

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WAW Policies

WAW Policies

1. Children under 10 years:

  • Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian
  • Must be constantly and actively supervised
  • Parents / guardians must position themselves 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:

  • Must be accompanied into the centre and the water by a responsible parent / guardian
  • Must stay within arm’s reach during recreational play activities

3. Children 10 years old and over:

  • Parents must use their knowledge of an individual child’s swimming ability and general development to determine the level of accompaniment required

Recommended Policies

Children under 10 years:

  • Maximum 1 Parent / Guardian to 4 Children

Children under 5 years:

  • Maximum 1 Parent / Guardian to 2 Children
Accredited Facilities

Accredited Facilities

  • Adventure Park Geelong
  • Albury Swim Centre
  • Aqua Energy Leisure Centre
  • Aquahub
  • Aqualink Box Hill
  • Aqualink Nunawading
  • Aquamoves
  • Aquanation
  • Aquapulse
  • Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • AquaZone Warrnambool
  • Ascot Vale Leisure Centre
  • Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
  • Avenel Swimming Pool
  • Avoca Outdoor Pool
  • Bacchus Marsh Swimming Pool
  • Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool
  • Ballan Swimming Pool
  • Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre
  • Balmoral Swimming Pool
  • Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Beaufort Outdoor Pool
  • Beechworth Swimming Pool
  • Belfast Aquatics
  • Belgrave Heated Outdoor Pool
  • Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre
  • Benalla Aquatic Centre
  • Black Hill Swimming Pool
  • Bluewater Leisure Centre
  • Boort Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Boroondara Sports Complex
  • Brennan Park Aquatic Centre
  • Bright Sports Centre Pool
  • Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre
  • Broadford Outdoor Pool
  • Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Brunswick City Baths
  • Buninyong Aquatic Centre
  • Camperdown Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Cardinia Life
  • Carlton Baths Community Centre
  • Carnegie Swim Centre
  • Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Casey Recreation and Aquatic Centre
  • Casterton Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Castlemaine Outdoor Pool
  • Chiltern Swimming Pool
  • Clayton Aquatic and Health Club
  • Clunes Swimming Pool
  • Cobden Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Coburg Leisure Centre
  • Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Colbinabbin Swimming Pool
  • Coleraine Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Colignan Swimming Pool
  • Collingwood Leisure Centre
  • Crib Point Pool
  • Croydon Memorial Pool
  • Cohuna Swimming Pool
  • Dandenong Oasis
  • Daylesford Swimming Pool
  • Diamond Creek Outdoor Pool
  • Doug Ellis Swimming Pool
  • Doveton Pool in the Park
  • Drouin and District War Memorial Pool
  • Dunkeld Swimming Pool
  • Echuca War Memorial
  • Eltham Leisure Centre
  • Emerald Lake Park Wading Pool
  • Eureka Aquatic Centre
  • Euroa Swimming Pool
  • Faith Leech Aquatic Centre
  • Fawkner Leisure Centre
  • Fitzroy Swimming Pool
  • Garfield Outdoor Pool
  • Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre
  • Gisborne Aquatic Centre
  • Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Glenthompson Swimming Pool
  • Golden Square Pool
  • Gumbuya World
  • Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre
  • Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre
  • Hamilton Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Harcourt Outdoor Pool
  • Harold Holt Swim Centre
  • Hawkesdale Outdoor Pool
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Healesville Outdoor Pool
  • Heathcote Swimming Pool
  • Heyfield Memorial Pool
  • Heywood Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Horsham Aquatic Centre
  • Inglewood Swimming Pool
  • Ivanhoe Aquatic
  • Irymple Swimming Pool
  • Jack Hoort Memorial Community Pool
  • Kardinia Aquatic Centre
  • Kardinia International College
  • Kerang Outdoor Pool
  • Kilmore Leisure Centre
  • Kilsyth Centenary Pool
  • Koo Wee Rup Outdoor Pool
  • Korumburra Outdoor Pool
  • Kyabram Outdoor Pool
  • Kyneton Toyota Centre Sports and Aquatic
  • Lakes Entrance Aquadome
  • Knox Leisureworks
  • Kyabram Outdoor Pool
  • Lancefield Memorial Swimming Pool
  • Landsborough Outdoor Pool
  • Lara Swimming Pool
  • Latrobe Leisure Churchill
  • Latrobe Leisure Moe Newborough
  • Latrobe Leisure Morwell
  • La Trobe University Sports Centre
  • Lavington Swim Centre
  • Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Lilydale Outdoor Pool
  • Lismore Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Lockington Swimming Pool
  • Macarthur Swimming Pool
  • Maffra Memorial Pool
  • Maldon Outdoor Pool
  • Mansfield Swimming Pool
  • Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre
  • Marong Swimming Pool
  • Melbourne City Baths
  • Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Melton Waves Leisure Centre
  • Merbein Swimming Pool
  • Merrigum Swimming Pool
  • Mildura Waves Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Mill Park Leisure Centre
  • Mitiamo Swimming Pool
  • Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Monbulk Aquatic Centre
  • Mooroopna War Memorial Pool
  • Mortlake Swimming Pool
  • Mount Beauty Pool
  • Murchison Swimming Pool
  • Murrayville Swimming Pool
  • Myrtleford Swimming Pool
  • Nagambie Swimming Pool
  • Nathalia Outdoor Pool
  • Neerim South Outdoor Pool
  • Newstead Outdoor Pool
  • Noble Park Aquatic Centre
  • North Melbourne Recreation Centre
  • Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre
  • Numurkah Aquatic and Fitness Centre
  • Numurkah Outdoor Pool
  • Oak Park Aquatic Centre
  • Oakleigh Recreation Centre
  • Olinda Pool
  • Olympic Leisure
  • Orbost Outdoor Pool
  • Ouyen Swimming Pool
  • Pakenham Outdoor Pool
  • Pascoe Vale Outdoor Pool
  • Pelican Park Recreation Centre
  • Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre
  • Penshurst Swimming Pool
  • Peter Krenz Leisure Centre
  • Pines Forest Aquatic Centre
  • Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre
  • Prahran Aquatic Centre
  • Pyramid Hill Swimming Pool
  • Queens Park Outdoor Pool
  • Rawson Indoor Pool
  • Red Cliffs Swimming Pool
  • Reservoir Leisure Centre
  • Richmond Recreation Centre
  • Robinvale Leisure Centre
  • Rochester Outdoor Pool
  • Rosedale Swimming Pool
  • Rushworth Swimming Pool
  • Rutherglen Swimming Pool
  • Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool
  • Skipton Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • SPLASH Aqua Park and Leisure Centre
  • Splashdown Leisure Centre Whittington
  • St Albans Leisure Centre
  • St Arnaud Swimming Pool
  • Stanhope Swimming Pool
  • Stawell Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Stratford Swimming Pool
  • Strathmerton Swimming Pool
  • Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Sunshine Leisure Centre
  • Swan Hill Leisure Centre
  • Swan Hill Outdoor Pool
  • Tallarook Outdoor Pool
  • Tangambalanga Swimming Pool
  • Tatura Swimming Pool
  • Terang Outdoor Pool
  • The Yarra Centre
  • Thomastown Recreation and  Aquatic Centre
  • Thorpdale Outdoor Pool
  • Timboon Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Tongala Swimming Pool
  • Trafalgar Swimming Pool
  • Trentham Swimming Pool
  • Underbool Swimming Pool
  • Violet Town Swimming Pool
  • Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Warracknabeal Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Warragul Leisure Centre
  • WaterMarc Banyule
  • Waterworld Norlane
  • Waves Leisure Centre
  • Wedderburn Swimming Pool
  • Werribee Outdoor Pool
  • White Hills Swimming Pool
  • Whittlesea Swim Centre
  • Windy Hill Fitness Centre
  • Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre
  • Wodonga WAVES
  • Woodend Swimming Pool
  • Yackandandah Swimming Pool
  • Yarram Swimming Pool
  • Yarrawonga Swimming Pool
  • Yawa Aquatic Centre
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Watch Around Water is a communications campaign. To support the program ‘FAQ’ documents have been developed and are continually updated to ensure a clear and consistent message is sent and that challenges associated with the program can be appropriately managed.

Two different FAQ documents are available for:

Ask a question by emailing waw@lsv.com.au

Aquatic Industry Safety Forums:

LinkedIn – Victorian Aquatic Industry Forum

Evaluation Reports

Evaluation Reports

Being an accredited facility means that you are part of a State-wide initiative. The program and industry has the peak body support of both LSV and ARV, including the link to the highly recognisable Play It Safe by the Water campaign (PISBTW).

Evaluation 2013/15:

The 2013/15 (two yearly) evaluation saw LSV trainers and assessors visit over 90% of accredited WAW facilities The objectives of the visits was to review the systems and processes being implemented at a facility level to support the program as well as a review of the communication / marketing materials being used.
WAW Evaluation 2013-14.pdf

Evaluation 2012/13:

The 2012/13 evaluation project was aimed at establishing whether or not there had been any change in the awareness / perception of what constitutes appropriate active parental supervision. It was based on surveys and communications with facility staff and management regarding the program implementation.

Evaluation 2009/10:

The 2009/10 evaluation project was aimed at establishing the perspectives of parents and facility staff regarding what constituted appropriate levels of supervision and how this could be improved through the program. It was intended to establish whether the proposed program content was appropriate.