Everyone can play a vital role in helping to ensure children are safer in and around water.
To coincide with the start of summer, AUSTSWIM is launching a new Water Watcher campaign.
The campaign encourages people to “take the pledge” to ensure there is always supervision of children in and around water.
The Water Watcher pledge:
I am a water watcher
I will be there, be aware and avoid distractions
I will appoint a replacement watcher if needed to ensure constant supervision
According to the Australian Water Safety Strategy launched earlier this year, an average of 30 children aged 0-4 years drown every year, with 78% of deaths occurring after a fall into water.
Raising awareness of the importance of adult supervision around water is one of the key objectives of the strategy to help reduce the incidence of drowning by 50% by 2020.
Our kids are not waterproof but if an adult is keeping watch on them their safety is greatly improved.
AUSTSWIM Teachers and Recognised Swim centres as always on alert and it's time to "pay it forward".
Download the materials below and Spread the Water Watcher Word this summer.
WATER SAFETY AND SWIMMING IS A SKILL FOR LIFE
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