Dam Safety

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During the 2022-23 financial year, 29% of drowning deaths in children aged 5-14 occurred in lakes and dams in Australia.

The flat, still surface of a dam can give a false sense of security, and it can be all too tempting for a child to think it looks like a safe place to play.

How do I keep children safe around dams?

Dams are not patrolled by lifeguards, and should someone get into trouble, there may be no one there to assist. It is vital that whenever children are playing on farms adults are always within arm's reach to ensure they don't wander off to play in areas where there could be dangers.


During the 2022-23 financial year, more than 10% of drowning deaths in children under five occurred in lakes and dams in Australia.

How can I play safely in a dam?

Dams can be a great play place on a farm if they are used safely.  When swimming in a dam always enter the water slowly, feet first and never dive in as the water can also be shallower or deeper than first thought due to steep drop-offs in dams. Submerged objects, even in seemingly tranquil water, can also prove to be very dangerous. Be aware that the water could be cold and can cause hypothermia.

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For further information on keeping safe around dams and other water bodies on the farm head to our Farm Water Safety page.

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