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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.

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:

  • 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

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

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