Watch Around Water

Did you know in the last year 249 death occurred from drownings? Active Moreland alongside Life Saving Victoria have rolled out the updated policy on Watch Around Water.

What does this mean?

Children Under 5 (0 - 5 years)

Ratio – 1 adult to 2 children (babies in prams include in ratio)

Children aged 0-5 years must be accompanied by a responsible guardian, who is prepared to swim. Children must be constantly supervised and remain within arm’s reach at all time. All children under 5 must wear a PINK wristband* to indicate age.

Children Under 10 (5 – 9 years)

Ratio – 1 adult to 4 children.

Children aged 5-9 years must be accompanied by a responsible guardian, who is prepared to and constantly and actively supervise then in and out of the water. The responsible guardian must actively supervise and have a clear view of the child/ren at all times with no barriers in-between. All children 5-9 years must wear a YELLOW wristband* to indicate age.

*These wristbands will be location at your local Active Moreland reception.

Effective September 1, 2019, groups/families will not be permitted entry where the number of parents/ guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4 (1:2 ratio for children under 5 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.

If a staff member is concerned for the safety of an unsupervised child, they have authority to remove the child from the water.

Who can be a responsible guardian?
A responsible guardian can be someone who is 16 years or over.

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