Summer Water Safety Tips

With 30-40 degree days looming on the horizon, taking a dip in the pool or a trip to the beach can be a great way to cool off. Summer, activities in and around the water can be great fun, but sometimes can be dangerous. It can take less than a minute and only a few centimetres of water to drown. Accidents can happen anywhere – at a friend’s place, at the beach and even in your own backyard. In the last year alone 271 people drowned in Australian waterways. Even if you are a competent swimmer, you can sometimes find yourself in trouble around water, so make sure you are aware of your surroundings and follow the different rules around different bodies of water. Stay safe this summer!

It is important to always Watch Around Water, where the following superivion pactices should always be adhered to:

  • Children under 10 years of age need to be actively supervised at all times 
  • Children under 5 years of age need to be within arm’s reach in and around the water.

Please take note of the other tips around water to ensure your safety this summer:

Swimming Pools

  • Always swim with an adult or a friend, including in your home pool
  • Always check the depth of the pool & swim in a depth that is safe for you.
  • Always look before you jump or dive into a pool. If the water is too shallow, you may hurt your neck!
  • Always shut the pool gate.
  • At a public pool, obey the lifeguard, the rules & your parent or guardian
  • Walk around the pool at all times
  • Take swimming lessons to develop your skills and learn safety techniques around water


  • Always swim with an adult or friend
  • Check with a lifeguard or the signage to gain an understanding of the conditions
  • Always swim between the red & yellow flags at a patrolled beach.
  • Obey the lifeguard directions
  • Never turn your back on the waves
  • Always remember that swimming in open water is very different to pools
  • If you get stuck in a rip, don’t panic! Raise your hand and wait for lifeguard help.
  • Wear protective footwear on the shore
  • Never jump headfirst into the water if you don't know the depth below - always go feet first

Lakes and Ponds

  • Always swim with an adult or friend
  • Be careful with murky water – you may not be able to see the depth or what is underwater
  • If you get into trouble, stay calm
  • On a boat, always wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
  • Test the water temperature before entering the water

Other safety tips 

  • Always wear sunscreen if swimming outside, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Always remember to drink water and stay hydrated
  • Never swim in the dark
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol
  • Make sure you have fun!
For more information and tips, click the following links.

Learn to Swim School - Key Dates

30 Nov – 20 Dec                         Re-enrolment period Term 1, 2016
30 Nov – 6 Dec                           Water Safety Week
20 Dec                                         Final Day for Term 4, 2015
23 Dec – 3 Jan                            University Closedown Period
11 Jan – 15 Jan                           Holiday Intensive Swimming    Program – Week 1
18 Jan – 22 Jan                           Holiday Intensive Swimming    Program – Week 2
29 Jan                                          First Day for Term 1, 2016
22 Feb – 28 Feb                          PB week (Levels 7-9)
7 Mar – 13 Mar                            Water Safety Week
11 Mar – 24 Mar                          Re-enrolment Period Term 2, 2016
24 Mar                                          Final Day for Term 2, 2016
4 Apr – 8 Apr                              Holiday Intensive Swimming Program
11 Apr                                          First Day for Term 2, 2016

Viva Italia - Leading by Example

Throughout and following the 10,000 steps challenge we've been advocating the numerous benefits of walking.

Walking helps manage weight, increase mood and reduces your risk for a multitude of diseases and our staff are definitely walking their talk.

The recent 10,000 steps challenge offered the perfect opportunity for our staff to lead by example, with our Caulfield team "Viva Italia", winning the Caulfield campus 10,000 steps challenge.

Team consisted of Debbie Paras - leading the charge at 659,939 steps alone, along with team captain Stephen Ludekens, and other team members Celeste Astorino, Olga Peneva-Prakash, Jeremy O'Halloran, Tim Wallace, Liana Vlajankov and Lina May.

The team completed the challenge in only 15 days, 10 days before the finish date. Overall the team completed 3,887,874 steps, 1,647,874 over the total number of steps required to complete the challenge.

Upstairs Training Area - Works Notice

During the upcoming University close down period, the Fitness Centre at Clayton will be undergoing flooring works within the upstairs training area.

These works form part of our commitment to the ongoing improvement of our facilities and in providing a quality training environment.  

In order to ensure enough time is allocated to complete these works, the upstairs training area will be unavailable for use on Tuesday 22 December.

The downstairs training area will be available for use as normal. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and ask all members to please adjust your training accordingly.
Please see a Health and Fitness Instructor if you need any assistance being shown alternative training options.

Swim On! Carnival

We loved hosting our bi-annual Swim On! Carnival on Sunday 22 November. The event hosted 73 participants, with four Adult Learn to Swim participants (3 from our Water Wise program), keen to take part in the numerous activities on offer, catering to all age groups and stages in swimming programs.

As well as the competitive stroke competitions, and novelty activities, participants got to take some snaps in our Photo Booth, snack on a sausage sizzle or win one of our door prizes.

Our balloon artist Patrizio was a crowd favourite, with participants lining up to get one of his creations.

We'd also like to offer a huge thanks to the 17 Aquatic staff who generously volunteered their time to help out on the day.

We're looking forward to seeing you all again
next time!