Why we can never take our children's safety for granted.
While it is true that we see more water-related fatalities and near-misses during the warmer months, drownings happen throughout the year and this is why we never stop stressing the value of increased vigilance in the supervision of children around water. The following statistics from the International Life Saving Association serve as a reminder to all parents and guardians why we can never take our children's safety for granted:
• 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year, that is more than two persons per minute – from that more than 50 percent are children.
• Four out of every ten drownings happen within two meters of shore or the pool side and one-quarter happen in shallow water one meter deep or less.
• Young children 2 to 4 years of age have a higher risk of drowning than any other age group.
• In this age group drowning is the leading cause of death, followed by accidents in and around the home and road traffic accidents.
• Inadequate supervision, an inability to swim, and lack of barriers separating toddlers from pools and other water are the main causes of drownings of small children.
• Older children drown less frequently but still in large numbers. They generally drown because of their parents' inadequate supervision.
WynActive has in place a ‘Watch Around Water’ policy which applies at AquaPulse and Werribee Outdoor Pool. The policy relates to parental/guardian supervision of children. The basics of this policy are as follows:
Please be aware of these additional important aspects of the "Watch Around Water" policy which applies at WynActive's aquatic sites: