Guide to Staying Safe around Australian Waterways

21 December 2017

There's no denying Australians are blessed when it comes to beautiful waterways to make a splash in. Pools, beaches, rivers and lakes… You name it, we've got it!

But are you aware of the dangers that might appear when you least expect it?

Thankfully the team at VACSWIM are here to help. Check out our tips for staying safe this summer below.

The Beach

Going to the beach with our friends and family is a staple Australian summer activity. Whether you're planning to spend your time in the water or soaking up the sun on the sand, knowing what could happen, how to avoid it, and what to do in case of an emergency is vital. Be sure to slop on some SPF 50+ sunscreen to protect yourself from those rays, always swim between the flags, and be aware of your surroundings including rips. Here are our 10 beach safety tips to keep you, and your children, safe this summer.  And for Surf Life Saving SA's beach safety tips, click here.

The Pool

Knowing water safety skills are vital for anyone who spends time by the pool. Unfortunately, there are many things that could go wrong if you are not prepared. For example, did you know that diving and jumping into the pool is a major cause of swimming pool tragedies each year? Luckily, there are many steps you can take in order to keep you and your family safe in the pool this summer, including supervision, keeping a phone nearby (but not in your pocket) and knowing your child's strengths. Here are our pool safety tips for the whole family.

The River

The river's flat, still surface can provide a false sense of security - but it is important to know the dangers of this inland water way, especially because most are not patrolled by lifeguards. There are many things you can do to avoid danger, such as always entering feet first, following any signs in the area, and making sure children are supervised at all times. To learn about what can go wrong, how to avoid these circumstances, and what to do in case of an emergency, view Royal Life Saving SA's " Respect the River" flyer.

Marine Life

Australian marine life is incredible, but we do need to express caution when encountering these animals. With the possibility of jellyfish stings, sting ray attacks and more, it is important to know what to do if you find yourself in these situations. Click here to see what to do in case of a marine animal sting.


We also recommend taking a First Aid Course and knowing CPR. You can arrange to take courses at a number of local places, including Surf Life Saving SA and YMCA. And remember to have 000 on speed dial in case of any emergencies.

We hope your family have a happy and safe summer making a splash!