Aquatic Supervision Policy
Watch Around Water @ Bluewater & Apollo Bay
At both Bluewater Leisure and Apollo Bay Leisure Centre, we are passionate and proud to promote active supervision of children when they are near or in water. As part of our efforts to promote active supervision we have introduced the Life Saving Victoria's Watch Around Water Aquatic Supervision policy at Bluewater Leisure and Apollo Bay Leisure Centre.
The Watch Around Water campaign is about educating the public to provide active supervision, and encourages parents / guardians to take on the responsibility of this role while visiting aquatic facilities.
Our sole aim is to have zero fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents and associated injuries in our aquatic facilities.
To achieve this we cannot rely only on our Pool Lifeguards. We kindly ask that parents/guardians abide by our Watch Around Water guidelines.
Mandatory and Enforced Policies at Bluewater
Children under 5 years old
Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised during recreational play within arms reach.
Parent / guardian must be in the water with their child.
All children under 5 years will be given a yellow wristband upon entry. This will assist lifeguards to identify children that should be within arms reach from their parent / guardian.
Children under 10 years old
Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised.
The parent / guardian must be positioned to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child / children. Parents must be prepared to get into the water if needed.
Children over 10 years old
For children 10 years and older, parents must use their knowledge of the child’s swimming ability and general development to determine the level of accompaniment required.
20 Seconds is all it takes to drown – Bluewater Leisure management urges all patrons to Play It Safe By The Water