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.
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
Children under 10 years:
- maximum 1 Parent / Guardian to 4 Children
Children under 5 years:
- maximum 1 Parent / Guardian to 2 Children