New water safety measures make a splash

The City of Greater Geelong has stepped up its water safety measures this summer.

The City has embraced a number of recommendations from Life Saving Victoria, including more training for lifeguards, new uniforms and identification wristbands for young swimmers.

It comes after more than two million people accessed our swim sport and leisure centres in the 2018-19 financial year.

This season there are more than 190 lifeguards working across our six community pools, including Leisurelink, which was proudly awarded a Royal Life Saving Australia national aquatic safety award in 2018.

Visitors might have noticed the new streamlined approach to lifeguard apparel.

Easily recognisable red and yellow uniforms, like those worn by lifesavers at Australian beaches, are being rolled out at our facilities.

Lifeguards are also completing more compulsory testing, including four in-house training sessions and qualification updates each year.

To help with increased supervision efforts, the City has adopted the Watch Around Water program.

The educational initiative, developed by Aquatics & Recreation Victoria and Life Saving Victoria, encourages parents and guardians to keep a closer eye on their children.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children under five years of age and almost half of all injuries recorded at public swimming pools involves children.

The Watch Around Water guidelines requires parents or guardians to remain within arm’s reach of children under five.

Children aged between five and nine must wear a yellow wristband issued from reception staff.

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