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Watch Around Water

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WATCH AROUND WATER

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children under five years of age.  From 2013/2014 to 2014/2015, there was a 30% increase in the national drowning rate for the 0-4 age group.  According to the National Drowning Report 2015 (Royal Life Saving Society of Australia), in all of the 26 cases of fatal drowning, supervision was intermittent or lacking altogether. 

Watch Around Water is an education and public awareness raising program to address the growing concern regarding supervision of young children at public swimming pools. It aims to define minimum supervision requirements for children to ensure PARC is a safe venue for the whole community to enjoy.

PARC is a Watch Around Water endorsed Aquatic Centre. It is important to note that our competent lifeguards are an important safety feature, however they are not intended to, and cannot be expected to replace the close supervision of parents/guardians.

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The following policies for supervision are implemented at PARC:

  • Children under 5 years old must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times. The responsible person must be in the water within arms’ reach of the child when the child is swimming.
  • Children under 5 years old will be required to wear a yellow wrist-band by PARC staff to help identify their age while swimming.
  • Children under 5 years will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who is prepared to enter the water in line with the required policies, when needed.
  • Children under 10 years old must be actively supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 18. The responsible adult must position himself or herself to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child.
  • Children under 10 years old will be required to wear a green wrist-band by PARC staff to help identify their age while swimming.
  • Children aged 10-13 years old should be accompanied into the centre by a responsible adult who shall remain accessible in the centre and who regularly checks on their child.
  • Children under 13 years old will not be admitted without an appropriate parent/guardian.
  • Groups will not be admitted where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4. 
  • Groups will not be admitted where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 13 years exceeds the ratio of 1:10. 
  • Unsupervised children will be removed from the water and placed in a safe area until collected by the parent/guardian.
  • An unsupervised child of poor swimming ability regardless of age will be removed from the water by a staff member if the staff member is concerned for the safety of that child.
  • When children are under the supervision of a teacher in a structured PARC Swim lesson, a parent/guardian must still maintain constant visual supervision.

Should you breach any of these conditions, PARC reserves the right to remove you from PARC and any future entry may be refused.

For any further questions about the Watch Around Water program, please see the following website: http://www.watcharoundwater.org.au/faq/