It has been a tragic start to the South Australian summer with an increase in the number of rescues and drownings. Two major drowning incidents occurred over the Christmas and New Year period, and another one in recent weeks, at popular Adelaide beaches. This is timely reminder for all concerned to:

  1. Learn water safety
  2. Learn to swim
  3. Keep Watch Around Water (WAW)

Our pool and beach volunteer life guards do an amazing job. It is vital that parents and carers do everything they can to help them.

  • Always keep young children within sight when they are near or in water.
  • Keep younger children aged under 5 years within arm’s reach.
  • Stay off your phones around water and ensure everyone is safe this summer.


Our objective is for the Watch Around Water (WAW) program to become the minimum best standard for all commercially operated aquatic facilities in SA. With members on board, we work together the Australian Water Safety Council Strategic Plan 2016-2919 “Towards a Nation Free of Drowning”.

As a WAW member, you automatically receive resources for awareness, for staff and patrons, as a reminder and introduction to the WAW policies now in place. You will receive resources in various forms to help promote the importance of water safety.

For more information, contact our Aquatics Officer, Dianne Smith -