Donnybrook Recreation Centre joined Royal Life Saving Society WA and public swimming pools throughout Western Australia this week to relaunch ‘Watch Around Water’. Watch Around Water Week is being held throughout the state – 14th – 22nd December 2017.
Watch Around Water encourages community members visiting public swimming pools with young children, to put down their phones and focus on safety.
The campaign highlights the dangers of being distracted when supervising children around water. “The Watch Around Water campaign promotes safe supervision at public swimming pools and over the last couple of years has resulted in there being a significant shift in patron behaviour”, explained Lauren Nimmo, Senior Manager Health Promotion and Research at the Royal Life Saving Society WA.
Children remain at the highest risk of drowning and injury. Last year almost half of the injuries recorded at public swimming pool facilities in Western Australia involved children under 14 years of age.
“We’re delighted to support Donnybrook Recreation Centre in promoting Watch Around Water, stated Lauren Nimmo. “More education is needed to ensure that parents are aware of their supervision responsibilities while visiting facilities like Donnybrook Recreation Centre with young children. Even though lifeguards are on duty, parents still have a crucial role to play in keeping children safe.”
Chief Executive Officer, Ben Rose said “we’re proud to relaunch the Watch Around Water program at Donnybrook Recreation Centre.”
“Parents need to be mindful of the potential for unnecessary distraction while supervising children, especially around the water. Smart phones with streaming technology, pose a real and growing danger as a source of distraction. It is our hope that this campaign will alert caregivers to the risk for injury, and the potential consequences of a monetary lapse in supervision.”
The most common factor contributing to childhood drowning is a lapse in adult supervision. Lauren Nimmo says, “it doesn’t take long for tragedy to occur. It only takes seconds for a child to drown, and any distraction, even if only for a moment to check your mobile phone places them at risk.”
As part of the Watch Around Water relaunch, Donnybrook Recreation Centre will be running a colouring-in competition for children visiting the pool. Judging will take place at the end of January 2018 with a prize pack up for grabs.
In addition, parents who are actively supervising their children at the pool will be rewarded by the Centre staff with a raffle ticket to enter the draw to win an IPad 32GB WIFI (valued at $468). Raffle will be drawn on Friday 19th January 2018 (one overall winner for WA).
The Watch Around Water campaign will be running at public swimming pools throughout Western Australia this summer.