• Constant supervision is key to keeping a child safe around water. You will not be aware that a child is in trouble unless you are watching them.
• Appropriate adult supervision means being active and within arm’s reach of your child, not an occasional glance. This applies equally in the bathroom at home, at the poolside or anywhere else where water is present.
• Pool swimming sessions should always have a designated, responsible adult assigned to closely supervising children while in the water.
• Installing a barrier (gate or door) to prevent direct and unintentional access to sources of water in your home, by children, is essential.
• Barriers must be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly and still serving their purpose as your child grows in height and dexterity.
• Always close doors to bathrooms and drain paddling pools, baths and buckets immediately after use.
• Arrange for your child to learn to swim as early as possible.
• Set clear rules for your family when near water and enforce them!
• When they are old enough tell them about the dangers of water and the facts about drowning
• The first few minutes following an accident in water are critical. Learn to perform CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and keep your training up to date. Keep CPR instructions with your first aid kit and by the pool, if you have one.
Inexperienced, weak or non-swimmers should wear a lifejacket or a personal flotation aid when in or near water. Remember, life jackets are NOT a substitute for adult supervision.