Why we can never take our children's safety for granted.
While it is true that we see more water-related fatalities and near-misses during the warmer months, drownings happen throughout the year and this is why we never stop stressing the value of increased vigilance in the supervision of children around water. The following statistics from the International Life Saving Association serve as a reminder to all parents and guardians why we can never take our children's safety for granted:
• 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year, that is more than two persons per minute – from that more than 50 percent are children.
• Four out of every ten drownings happen within two meters of shore or the pool side and one-quarter happen in shallow water one meter deep or less.
• Young children 2 to 4 years of age have a higher risk of drowning than any other age group.
• In this age group drowning is the leading cause of death, followed by accidents in and around the home and road traffic accidents.
• Inadequate supervision, an inability to swim, and lack of barriers separating toddlers from pools and other water are the main causes of drownings of small children.
• Older children drown less frequently but still in large numbers. They generally drown because of their parents' inadequate supervision.
AquaPulse has in place a ‘watch around water’ policy. The policy relates to parental/guardian supervision of children.
Children under 10 years must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible adult over the age of 16 years and actively supervised at all times while in the centre
Children under five years of age must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible adult over the age of 16 yrs and be supervised within arm’s reach at all times while in the centre
All unsupervised children will be removed from the water.
Children ages 5 to 9 will be issued with a wrist band which must be worn at all times. If children are unsupervised they will be removed from the water.
If a child under the age of 5 is in the water, a responsible adult must be in the water within arm’s reach. Any child not within arms reach will be removed from the water.
Children 5-9 years entering through the Members entrance will need to visit the services desk to be issued with a wrist band.