Yours – not the lifeguards’ or lifesavers’. Be in no doubt about that! Lifeguards and lifesavers have the patrons of the entire pool or beach to watch over, not your children specifically. Never ask a lifesaver to keep an eye on your kids while you go to the shop, the toilet or anything else. Don’t be distracted. Here are some of Royal Lifesaving’s guidelines for watching over your children:
· Parents and guardians should actively supervise their children at all times and be prepared to enter the water at any time
· For 0–5 year olds and non-swimmers, a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them
· For 6–10 year olds - constant active supervision is a must
· For 11–14 year olds, parents must regularly check on their child by physically going to where they are in or around the water.