WIRAC boss Don Warrener.
WIRAC boss Don Warrener.

Pool is not a child-minding service

SHOCKED Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC) staff are pleading with parents to act responsibly, after finding unsupervised children as young as six in the complex.

Manager Don Warrener has issued a strong reminder that children under the age of 11 are not permitted to enter Warwick WIRAC without the active supervision of a person 16 years or older.

"It seems to happen every summer and our message to parents is your unsupervised children will not be given access and will be sent home," Mr Warrener said.

"A mother dropped off her six, eight and 11-year-olds at the pool on Saturday, at 8.15am, before we even opened and left them there.

"We tried to ring her without success so we called the police to take them home.

"Yesterday four children came in for a swim and two were only six and eight years old, so we had them wait until their mother came in to supervise them.

"In the interests of safety, you must be 11 years old to swim by yourself. Children are not allowed entry unless they are under the supervision of a person 16 years or older.

"There will be no exceptions and parents will be called to collect under-age children from the pool."

As a member of the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's Keep Watch at Public Pools program, Mr Warrener said WIRAC was keen to promote the importance of adult supervision in preventing children from drowning.

"Lack of direct supervision of a parent or carer while a child is in water has been the main factor in 70% of drowning deaths at public pools," he said.

"As a parent you have a responsibility to look after your children.

"Lifeguards do a great job of keeping our pools safe but they are not babysitters."

WIRAC rules...

0 to 5 years old non-swimmers: A parent or guardian must be within arms' reach of the child.

6 to 10 year olds: Constant active supervision is required.

0 to 10 Year olds: May be supervised by a person over the age of 16 years.

Parents or guardians should actively supervise their children at all times. Therefore, they should be dressed and ready for action, including an unexpected entry to a pool.


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