Blue Mountains City Council is a partner of the Keep Watch @ Public Pools program.

Please Listen to the pool lifeguard – 3 loud whistle blasts indicates that there is an emergency and everyone must get out of the pool.

Royal Life Saving is targeting risk areas for toddler drowning deaths such as public pools.

Lack of direct supervision of the parent or carer while the child was in the water has been the main factor in 70% of the drowning deaths at public pools. As a parent you have the responsibility to look after your own children - lifeguards do a great job of keeping our pools safe, but they are not babysitters.

In accordance with Royal Lifesaving Society Guidelines, any child under the age of 10 years will not be permitted entry to the pool without the continuous supervision of a responsible person over the age of 16 years.

What is good supervision?

There are three key elements of active supervision:

Be Prepared: Ensure you have everything you need before getting into the water, such as towels and dry clothes.

Be Close: Always be within arms' reach of your child.

All of Your Attention: Focus all of your attention on your child and get into the pool and talk and play with them.

All of the Time: You should never leave your child alone in the water, nor should they be left in the care of an older child or with the assumption that your responsibility diminishes due to the presence of lifeguards.

Keep Watch @ Public Pools policy

Parents or guardians should actively supervise their children at all times. As such, they should be dressed ready for action, including unexpected entry to a pool.

  • For 0-5 year olds a parent or guardian is in the water at all times (within arms reach) of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them, touching them.
  • For 6-10 year olds a parent should be close enough to make eye contact with the child and be constantly watching them.
  • For 11-14 year olds a parent must regularly check on their child by physically going to the point where they are in or around the water.
  • 15 years - allowed entry with no parent, but must be able to swim. (As per our Terms and Conditions)

Get more information at Royal Life Saving Australia