Notice: School Carnival season is a very busy time of year at our Leisure Centres. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, schools have exclusive use of the Olympic pool during carnival time. To see dates and times for carnivals, - find out more

Keep Watch @ Public Pools

Royal Life saving is targeting risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools. Lack of direct supervision of the parent or carer while the child was in the water has been the main factor in 70% of the drowning deaths at public pools. As a parent you have the responsibility to look after your own children - lifeguards do a great job of keeping our pools safe but they are not babysitters.

What is good supervision?

There are three key elements of active supervision:

  1. Proximity
    Always be within arms reach of your child particularly when they are 0-5 years of age and non swimmers.
  2. Attention
    Always keep your attention on your child particularly if they are under 10 years of age - this in not an occasional glance while reading the newspaper.
  3. Continuity
    No matter how old your child is you should check on them on a regular basis. The younger the child the more often you should check and if they are under 5 years of age you should never leave their presence.

Keep watch @ public pools policy

  • Children under 10 years are not allowed entry unless under active supervision of a person 16 years or older.
  • Parents or guardians should actively supervise their children at all times. As such, they should be dressed ready for action, including unexpected entry to a pool.
  • For 0-5 year olds a parent or guardian is in the water at all times (within arms reach) of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them, touching them.
  • For 6-10 year olds a parent should be close enough to make eye contact with the child and be constantly watching them.
  • For 11-14 year olds a parent must regularly check on their child by physically going to the point where they are in or around the water.
  • 15 years - allowed entry with no parent, but must be able to swim. (As per our Terms and Conditions)

Information provided by Royal life Saving Australia.