Watch Around Water

Water safety

Monash Sport is a Watch Around Water facility. Watch Around Water is a joint initiative program between Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) and Life Saving Victoria (LSV) to assist in the education of parents/guardians about the appropriate supervision of children around aquatic environments.

The prevention of children drowning is a key focus of Watch Around Water, and child supervision is the key. Unfortunately, drowning can occur in any depth of water, can take only moments, and is usually silent. It is also the leading cause of unintentional death in children under 5 years. The role of the pool lifeguard is to supervise the entire aquatic facility and therefore it is important that parents/guardians are supporting the lifeguard to provide direct and constant supervision to the children in their care.

Whilst the following Watch Around Water policies are practiced at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool, Monash Sport strongly advises that these practices should be implemented by parents/guardians whenever children are around any body of water, i.e. bath, pond, swimming pool, beach, river, lake or dam.

Please observe and follow the Watch Around Water policies below:

Children under 5 years

  • Children under 5 years must be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian.
  • Adequate supervision requires the parent/guardian to accompany the child in the water and remain within arm's reach of the child at all times.
  • Children under 5 years may be asked to wear a wrist band identifying them as under 5 years.
  • All children under 5 years must have a parent/guardian poolside during their Learn to Swim lesson. If the child under 5 is in the water before or after the lesson, the parent/guardian must also be in the water and within arm’s reach.

Children under 10 years

  • Children under 10 years will not be admitted without an appropriate parent/guardian. The parent guardian must be 16 years and over and adhere to all conditions of entry.
  • Children under 10 years must be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian.
  • The parent/guardian must position himself or herself to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child.
  • All children under 10 years must be actively supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, before, during and after their Learn to Swim lesson.

Children over 10 years

  • For children 10 years and older, parents must use their knowledge of the child's swimming ability to determine the level of accompaniment required.
  • Parent /guardians are not required to be present in the centre.

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