Water Safety

Keeping your child safe around water is probably one of the most challenging areas of parenting.  Especially because an awareness and management has to start from such a young age.  From the moment your baby has their first bath water safety becomes important. In this section of the site we have concentrated on the two main areas of water safety Pool Safety and Beach Safety but will add to this section tips for other areas of water safety in due course.

Water Safety

Resources

Pool Safety

Pool safety is so vitally important and whilst improvements have been made in physical pool safety, education and prevention and dramatic improvements in those trained in CPR and resuscitation,  very sadly drowning’s continue to plague our summers destroying families and taking young lives before their time.

We encourage you to be proactive in preventing this tragedy occurring in your family by researching and doing all you can now.

Pool Safety

We’ve gather some sites and and will continue to be supplemented and added to as we continue on our quest to ensure the safety of children.

beach Safety

Before you hit the beach this summer, brush up on some safety rules to make sure your family day at the beach is a safe one.

Staying safe at the beach

Australians love the beach, grow up with the beach in their veins and yet sometimes we take it for granted assuming that beach knowledge is common sense and that kids will automatically know it too. But the conversation about beach safety needs to happen before you get to the beach and needs to continue happening not just through the summer season but also in different conditions and different locations.

As children grow and develop, so does their strength, confidence and knowledge and both the child and the parents need to be aware of their changing abilities.  Most drownings in 2011 occurred outside the flags or outside the times where a Lifeguard was on duty.

  • Find the flags and learn what the flags mean. No flag no swim, it’s that simple.
  • Introduce your children to the lifesavers, ask about the surf conditions and let your children know they are adults that can be trusted.
  • Never allow your child to swim alone and actively supervise your children.
  • Slip slop slap at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun, and avoid the beach during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Find a spot to meet if you get separated and lost from your children.
  • Fill in holes they dig and don’t dig into embankments.
  • Respect  that everyone wants to enjoy the beach so be mindful of others in the water
Surf Life Saving Australia
This is an excellent website developed by Surf Life Saving Australia and provides lots of information on all things relating to staying safe at the Beach. From Rips to keeping and eye on the children as well as detailed explanations on all the types of flags and what they mean.
Pool Safely
This is a US government site but it has a nice kids corner where children can follow Splish and Splash through some games while learning valuable pool safety lessons. To go directly to the Kids’ Corner section click here.
Royal Life Saving Society Australia
This website from the Royal Life Saving Society, provides safety checklists, fact sheets as well as research and reports.
Kids Alive Do the Five
There are dozens of resources here for parents that work towards preventing drownings.
MomLovesBest
This website from the US has some great parenting tips including a comprehensive section on water safety, the signs of drowning and even how to prepare your children to stay safe around water.