This website is part of the Royal Life Saving Society’s Keep Watch campaign.

The Keep Watch campaign has been running for over 20 years and aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2016, 430 children drowned in Australian waterways.

These deaths can often be prevented by proper supervision. Simple, everyday distractions can take your attention away for a matter of seconds, but that’s all it takes for a child to drown.

All the items on the site relate to common distractions that have cost a child’s life.

So our key message is simple – Always Keep Watch.

Children under 5 need all of your attention, all of the time.

The Keep Watch program teaches four key actions:

  • 1. Supervise
  • 2. Restrict Access
  • 3. Water Awareness
  • 4. Resuscitate

To learn more about this and more water safety information visit