Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Water

I can do this! - 5-8 years old

Whether your child is at the beach, near a dam, by a creek or in the backyard pool, direct supervision is crucial for play in or near water.

If you have a swimming pool you need a barrier or fence that separates the pool from the house and the rest of the backyard. These barriers should meet the Australian Standards and further information can be obtained from your local council.

Swimming lessons are a practical and responsible way to address water safety as well as fitness. Teaching your child to swim provides them with a lifelong skill that will bring hours of fun throughout childhood and adulthood. Encourage safe swimming by playing responsibly and by being aware and courteous to others sharing the water environment.

Remember regardless of whether your child can swim or not you must supervise children at all times. Your participation with water play can maintain an important parent role of modeling appropriate behaviour in and around water such as swimming between the flags at the beach.

For more information on water safety visit:

Kidsafe NSW Information Sheet - Backyard Swimming Pools
Royal Life Saving
Australian Water Safety Council
Child Safety on Farms