Warmun families learn to Watch Around Water

18 February 2021

An Aboriginal child wearing a poncho towel and holding up their colouring pageRoyal Life Saving WA works with the state’s aquatic industry to help educate parents attending public swimming pools about the importance of closely supervising their children. There is often a misconception by parents that their role in keeping their children safe is diminished at an aquatic centre because lifeguards are on duty.An Aboriginal child showing off their colouring in

The Watch Around Water program aims to remind parents that a lifeguard’s role is to keep an eye on everyone at the centre, and respond should there be an emergency, but that parents are still directly responsible for the supervision of their own children. The message has been promoted for over a decade now and there has been a significant shift in patron behaviour.

Recently Royal Life Saving WA’s Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool at Warmun actively promoted the Watch Around Water program, conducting a painting competition with the local children and offering prizes for the best Watch Around Water artwork! The children loved getting involved and the Andy the Watch Pup poncho towels that were handed out as prizes were a real hit!

It’s fantastic to see our remote pools working hard to share this important life saving message within their communities! You can learn more about Watch Around Water at the link below.

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