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Water Safety

Keep Watch Program

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia’s Keep Watch program aims to reduce the incidence of toddler drowning in the community. As part of the Keep Watch program, the Royal Life Saving Society recently launched a new national pool safety awareness campaign warning that water is only safe while you’re watching.

In Australia, drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children. Toddler’s minimal swimming ability, lower awareness of water dangers, mobility challenges, and dependence on their caregivers increases their risk of drowning. Despite these risks, there are key actions that can be implemented to reduce the risk of toddler drowning. 

To prevent toddler drowning, the Royal Life Saving Society of WA encourages parents and caregivers to:

  • Always keep watch of your child in and around water
  • Supervise children within arm’s reach
  • Prevent your child’s access to water at all times
  • Teach your child to be water confident
  • Learn CPR and call 000 in an emergency.

The Royal Life Saving Society of WA offer a range of services to support parents and caregivers to easily implement prevention activities including: water safety presentations, ‘Heart Beat Club’ CPR courses, information for local infant aquatic programs, and a range of resources

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'Keep Watch' Drowning Prevention Information

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