Child Safety and PoolsBack
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of 5 years old.
For every young child that drowns in a pool, approximately five are hospitalised due to immersion injuries, some of whom will suffer permanent brain damage.
Improve your pool safety
- Always supervise your children near a pool. This means you must focus Supervision means focusing all of your attention on your children all of the time, when they are in, on, or around water.
- Begin swimming lessons for your children.
- Close the pool gate and always keep your fence maintained.
What is supervision?
Supervision is not an occasional glance while you do something else. You must constantly look at every child who is in, on or around the pool.
If a child is under 5 you should be in the water and within arms' reach at all times. For older children, be ready to enter the water in case of an emergency.
Always have a designated adult supervisor. Responsibility can be rotated if there is a large number of children to supervise. Older children cannot be responsible for supervising younger children.
For more information on active supervision, please visit the Royal Life Saving website.
Extended breath-holding can be dangerous and cause death
The Queensland Government is committed to reducing the incidence of drowning and serious immersion injuries involving young children in swimming pools. The following information is presented as part of that commitment.
What is shallow water hypoxia?
Shallow water hypoxia (SWH) or ‘shallow water blackout' (SWB) can be fatal, even in shallow water. SWH is often associated with repeated breath-holding games. Taking several deep breaths or hyperventilating before an extended period of breath-holding is extremely risky. Despite the dangers of SWH, many people are not aware of this issue or its link to breath-holding games and activities.