Water Safety

Water safety starts at home!

Most child drownings occur at home, most commonly in the backyard swimming pool without adult supervision.

Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to prevent a tragic accident at home:

  • If you have a child in the pool or bath, don't get distracted by phone calls, a visitor at the door, or attending to other children
  • Designate a supervisor at pool parties so that an adult is always watching
  • Ensure your pool fence meets safety standards and the pool gate is securely closed
  • Take the plug out of the bath and ensure it's drained after having a bath
  • Don't leave containers around that can fill with water, including buckets and eskies
  • Learn how to perform CPR, including how to perform CPR on a child
  • Know the rules for kiddie pools, spas and pools

Check your pool gate

This simple checklist is a great place to start, but also remember to check your backyard for furniture, toys or other items that can be used by children to gain access to an unsupervised pool;

  • Gate should open outwards, away from the pool
  • Latch release knob at least 1500mm above ground level
  • Gate must be self-closing and self-latching
  • Gate hinges should be rust-free and bind-free
  • Gate carries reliable, tension adjustable hinges
  • Latch cannot be key locked in the "open" position
  • Latch cannot be disengaged using implements
  • Gate latch cannot be disengaged by jolting or shaking
  • Gate will shut securely from any open angle or force
  • Gate complies with Australian Standards for pools

Learn to Swim

It's essential for all Australians to know the skills to be safe in and around water.

Children as young as 4 months old can start developing lifesaving water safety skills.
It's never too late for adults either, especially if you have children - it's important to be able to support your child and have fun in the water together. 

More information on our learn to swim program here

More resources

Kids Alive Royal Life Saving WaterSafety AustSwim