Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NT Drowning highlights need for Watch Around Water

NT Drowning highlights need for Watch Around Water
May 23, 2011

The recent drowning of a four-year-old boy at a Northern Territory waterpark has led Western Australia's LIWA Aquatics to highlight the importance of its 'Watch around Water' campaign.

In a statement on its website LIWA (the Leisure Institute of Western Australia) Aquatics says that the drowning "once again raises questions as to why there was not a discrete parental supervision program in place at the facility."

The LIWA Aquatics statement adds "the facility has following guidelines in place on their fact sheet: Lifeguards are on duty when Water Park is open. However, children under 10 must be actively supervised by an adult over 16 years. If you are an adult with children under your care, please make sure your kids are safe. Keep a careful watch on them as they play. Be there when they need you.

"Unfortunately without the promotion of and the enforcement by Lifeguards there is no requirement for parents to be in the water with children under the age of five.

"In this case the Watch Around Water requirement of 'hands on' supervision in the water could have saved the young boy's life. It may have averted a tragedy for the family and for all the staff at the Water Playground who were involved in trying to resuscitate the child. They will now live with the images of the young boy for the rest of their lives. Our hearts go out to all those involved.

"As we move into winter there is still the need to be just as vigilant on the pool deck and ensure lifeguards, parents and guardians are discharging their responsibilities and Watching Around Water."

Watch Around Water is a program owned by LIWA Aquatics, backed by Royal Life Saving Society Australia (WA), and coordinated in South Australia by Aquatic Recreation SA and in Victoria by Aquatics and Recreation Victoria.

In recent years, with Watch Around Water competing the Royal Life Saving Society Australia national office's 'Keep Watch at Public Pools' program, LIWA Aquatics has followed drownings in public aquatic facilities outside of Western Australia by highlighting the value of its Watch Around Water program.

For more information go to www.watcharoundwater.com.au

11th January 2011 - FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE REMOTE NT SWIMMING POOLS 

11th November 2009 - DROWNING SPARKS CALL FOR NATIONAL WATER SAFETY PROGRAM


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GOPLAY COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUNDS

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of  treadmills,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business