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Be Pool Safe


Be Pool Safe

A collaboration between Royal Life Saving NSW and the NSW State Government

Royal Life Saving in collaboration with the NSW Government is striving to reduce backyard swimming pool and spa deaths and injuries.

In the last 10 years:

  • 60 children have drowned in backyard swimming pools
  • 70 children have neurological damage as a result of immersion
  • 1000 children have been admitted to hospital as a result of immersion.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in very young children in NSW. With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is a serious issue that affects the whole community. The most effective home pool safety measure is proper adult supervision at all times, but a well-maintained child-resistant pool barrier is also key to preventing small children’s unsupervised access to backyard swimming pools and spa pools.

In NSW, the owners of properties with a swimming pool and/or a spa pool are required to register their pools and spas on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Local councils are responsible for promoting backyard swimming pool safety in their local communities. They do this through locally appropriate swimming pool inspection programs and community engagement.

Royal Life Saving Society through its ‘Be Pool Safe’ campaign has developed a range of resources and public awareness materials to assist in raising awareness amongst backyard swimming pool owners and the broader community.

Together we can bring about change and reduce the number of lives lost in backyard swimming pools. Be Pool Safe.