From 1 December 2018, the Noosa Aquatic Centre will proudly operate in accordance
with Royal Life Saving Australia’s KEEP WATCH program,
designed to enhance active supervision and the safety of children in public pools.
With lack of direct supervision by a parent or carer believed to be a contributing factor in 70% of all drowning deaths at public pools, the Keep Watch at Public Pools program aims to eliminate all drowning deaths and reduce the number of near drowning incidents.
As this program is close to our hearts here at the NAC, children aged 5 and under will enter the facility free from 1 December, but don’t forget, a paying parent or guardian MUST be in the water within arms’ reach of their children at all times.
WHAT IS ACTIVE SUPERVISION AT PUBLIC POOLS?
Active supervision at public pools consists of four key elements:
Be Prepared: Ensure you have everything you need before getting into the water, such as towels and dry clothes.
Be Close: Always be within arms’ reach of your child.
All of Your Attention: Focus all of your attention on your child and get into the pool and talk and play with them.
All of the Time: You should never leave your child alone in the water, nor should they be left in the care of an older child or with the assumption that your responsibility diminishes due to the presence of lifeguards.
Stay close and keep watch at all times!