Weddin Shire Council are introducing, The Under 5 Keep em Alive program as a new safety initiative for all children under 5yrs of age entering both Grenfell and Quandialla Swimming Centres.
The Under 5 Keep em Alive program requires parents or carers to place a red arm band on these high-risk children providing an extra visual tool for supervision for parents, Lifeguard and the general public. The parent or guardians should be actively involved with all water play and the child should always be within arm’s reach.
The local swimming centres already operate under the KEEP Watch @ Public Pools to try and prevent your child from drowning.
Children under 10yrs are not allowed entry unless under the active supervision of a person 18yrs.
Children 0-5 and non-swimmers a parent or guardian is required to be in the water and within arm’s reach at all times.
Children 6-10yrs and weak swimmers require constant active supervision.
Children 11-14 it is recommended that a parent check on them regularly.
Lifeguards are responsible for the overall safety of all patrons within the Centre, but it is the parents and guardians who have the ultimate responsibility to supervise their children.
A lapse in adult supervision was the major risk factor in 100% of toddler drowning deaths last year, so please put down your smart phones, books and have some fun in the sun with your children.
The program will commence on the 3rd November 2018 and run throughout the 2018/19 swimming season.