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!
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