Under Fives

Pre-schooler drownings typically occur when a child is allowed out of sight and reach of a caregiver; in the bath, paddling pool, or bucket – or larger bodies of water such as in a beach, lake or river. 

No children under-five should be drowning in this country.

Keep under fives within arm’s reach at all times. 

It only takes sixty seconds and around five centimetres of water for a child to drown.

Safety Tips:

  • Always empty and store paddling pools and water containers after use and ensure you have a safely fenced play area

  • Identify water hazards in and around your home and ensure your children can’t reach them

  • If you're in a group of people, ensure you have an active supervision roster so you know who is watching the children at all times

  • Make sure older children don’t have to take responsibility for younger children

  • Teach your children water safety behaviour from as soon as they are old enough to understand, things like: ‘Never go near the water unless you’re with a grown up’

To learn more about how to keep your children safe while in or around the water take a look at the links below. 

Teaching your child water confidence

Teaching your child water familiarisation