Bulletin #038 - NSW toughen parental supervision laws     

NSW Laws toughened for pools

By Linda Silmalis


CHILDREN under 10 will be banned from entering public pools unaccompanied as part of a campaign to stop drownings.


Adults will also be required to keep within arm's reach of all youngsters under five when in the water under the NSW Royal Life Saving standards.


The rules, to be launched as part of a new Statewide pool safety campaign, follows the separate drowning deaths of two children in public pools last year - the first to have occurred in more than five years.


One drowned at a centre with six pools and spas under the supervision of "two 17-year-old lifeguards'', according to the latest NSW Child Death Review Team report.


About 40 people were swimming in the pools at the time of the incident.


Lifeguards were alerted to both incidents by other pool patrons, the report said.


In the case of the boy, the adult guardian had failed to supervise him despite the fact he could not swim.


The report highlighted the dangers for children when adults relied solely on lifeguards for the supervision of their children in water.


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