Keep Watch™ is a public education program of the Society aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children under 5 years of age in all aquatic locations. For more than 25 years Keep Watch has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children 0-4 years of age. Between 2002 and 2019, 507 children under the age of five drowned in Australian waterways. 78% of these deaths were the result of accidental falls into water and over half occurred in home swimming pools.
The Keep Watch program has four key drowning prevention actions that parents and carers of children are encouraged to undertake to prevent children drowning. These should not be used individually but together to maximize child safety – if one line of defence fails, the other prevention measures will be actively working to prevent your child from drowning.