​Belinda Hedley

Belinda Hedley doesn’t want this to happen to any other parents.

Actively supervise your children around water.

This is a photo of belinda with her husband and children sitting by the pool holding a cross
Above: Belinda Hedley and her family 

It’s easy to get distracted while watching children or to assume an older child is up to the task of supervising younger children. The best way to increase safety in and around water is to ensure there is an adult actively supervising children. 

Belinda Hedley has shared her story about the day that changed her life in the hope that other families don’t have the same experience.
“Our boys were playing in the backyard. In a split second they’d gotten through a faulty pool gate and were found floating face down. We were so lucky we were able to resuscitate them both, but our message to all parents is to never be complacent.” 

Always actively supervise your kids in and around water. 

This summer Be Water Safe, Not Sorry.  

Actively supervise children

Many drownings happen in the few seconds that parents are distracted. 

Active supervision means you or an appropriate adult are continually watching your child and keeping them safe around water.

Supervision should be constant, not the occasional glance whilst you read a book or relax.

Take your child with you whenever you leave the ocean, swimming pool or bathtub:

  • Is your child being supervised?
  • Have you emptied the bathtub?
  • Is the lid on the nappy bucket?
  • Can your child gain access to the pool or spa?
  • Have you checked for other water dangers such as open drains, garden ponds, creeks or dams?
  • At parties or gatherings by the pool nominate a designated child supervisor and rotate the supervision responsibilities regularly.

Pool safety

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:

  • Register your pool with the NSW Government.
  • Fence your pool or spa with a self-closing and self-locking 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.
Find more information on pool safety

Learn to swim

Beng familiar with water and the ability to swim are key to water safety. Check out where your closest swimming lessons are.
Find a swim school closest to your location and more information on swimming safety.