Your Child, Your Focus

Keep your child safe around water

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children 0-4 years of age. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that drowning is the number one cause of death in one-, two- and three-year-old children (ABS 2019).

Between 1 July 2002/03 and 30 June 2018/19, 496 children aged 0-4 years drowned in Australia. Of these, 202 (41%) children aged one year drowned – within the context of an entire lifespan, from 0 to 100 years, no other age is at greater risk of drowning. Almost all of these deaths were due to a lack of active adult supervision.

Active supervision means focusing all of your attention on your children all of the time, when they are in, on or around the water. Supervision is not an occasional glance while you are busy with other activities, but being in constant visual contact with your child.

Depending on your child’s age, you may even need to be in the water and within arms’ reach at all times. For older children, be ready to enter the water in case of an emergency.

Learn more about our new wristband and supervision requirements ( PDF 436.82KB) at Aqualink.