​Pool sa​​​fety​​

Drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five. Each year on average 10 children under five drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences.

  • Be Pool Safe - register your pool at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.
  • Fence your pool or spa with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Ensure the fence is secure and in good working order.
  • Actively supervise your child by focusing all of your attention on them when they are in, on or around the water.
  • During parties or gatherings by the pool, nominate a designated child supervisor and rotate the supervision responsibilities regularly.​​

Fact sheets

A range of pool safety fact sheets are available on the Royal Life Saving website:

  • NSW Swimming Pool Register - information on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.
  • Swimming Pool Supervision - supervision and the most effective ways to supervise.
  • Restricting Access - restricting access and the benefits of pool fencing and Child Safe Play Areas.
  • Water Awareness - including the importance of water familiarisation and setting rules around water for young children.
  • Resuscitation - the importance of resuscitation, where to learn and the legal implications​.

More information on the Pool Safety Fact Sheets from Royal Life Saving​.