Many children drown each year, even though they know how to swim. Practising these water safety tips around the pool, beach and farms can help prevent deaths
Building water confidence
Each year too many children around the state die from drowning. Children should never be left unsupervised while playing in and around water, even if they know how to swim. This is especially true for children under the age of 5.
"Water awareness" is a term that covers a range of strategies that will help ensure your child stays safe. This includes water familiarisation, checking for and removing water hazards, setting rules around water and discussing water safety with your child. A water hazard could include a fish pond, kiddies pool or even a bucket left full of water.
Many public swimming pools and aquatic centres offer water familiarisation classes and water survival techniques. It's a good idea for all children to learn these techniques.
At home you can use bath time to develop water awareness by letting your baby or child feel, experience and play with water.