Check water depth - never dive in head first. Always enter the water slowly.
Many people drown in NSW's rivers, lakes and dams or are injured after diving into shallow water. If you are unfamiliar with the waterway, ask for advice from someone who is familiar with the area and waterway.
30% of toddler drownings occur in lakes, rivers and dams. You can restrict your child's access to these dangers by creating a "Child Safe Area" in and around your home. Remember dams are dangerous.
The best way to reduce the risk of drowning on a farm is to isolate children from water sources. The most effective method of achieving this is through parental supervision/childcare and the creation of safe play areas that isolate the child from hazards. Non-open bodies of water such as tanks, troughs, sewerage and irrigation channels should be covered and isolated, open bodies of water such as dams may be fenced off. Older children should be enrolled in swimming lessons and have rules set that do not allow them to go near water hazards.
All pools on the farm should be fenced according to the pool fencing standards. More on Pool safety