Watch Around Water

Watch Around Water is an education and awareness raising campaign run throughout public aquatic facilities in Western Australia. The campaign was developed to address growing industry concern regarding the supervision of children whilst visiting aquatic facilities. Watch around Water takes a comprehensive approach to promoting and encouraging adequate supervision of children by parents and appropriate centre policies and practices.

The aims of the Watch Around Water campaign are to:

  • Provide state-wide supervision standards and practices
  • Increase lifeguard skills
  • Raise awareness of and provide knowledge to parents of what constitutes appropriate levels of supervision of children
  • Increase the proportion of parents who effectively supervise their children while in the water
  • Reduce incidents of drowning, near drowning and associated injury

Watch Around Water is a joint initiative between Royal Life Saving Australia’s Western Australian branch (RLSSWA) and the Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics (LIWA).

  • Children under 5 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 16 years of age and supervised at arm’s reach at all times.
  • Children under 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 16 years and supervised at all time

Swimming instructors and Coach's do not count as a responsible adult, Parents or Guardians must remain within the centre for the duration of the under 12's Visit