Be Pool Safe


The new Be Pool Safe campaign highlights that pool owners need to make sure their pools are safe. Royal Life Saving NSW CEO David Macallister with the Minister for local government Don Page are pictured with Braith and Seth Hedley who nearly drowned in a backyard pool and were fortunately saved by CPR. They are helping to educate others.

Tragically 67 children from birth to age four have drowned in backyard pools across New South Wales and the impact on people is clearly horrific.

A new Royal Life Saving campaign is all about awareness and getting all pool owners to realise that they need to check their pool for any safety issues – and register their pool with the new pool register which was launched in April. This is all about saving lives.

Royal Life Saving is asking all backyard pool owners in NSW to ‘Be Pool Safe’ and to sign the register.

Be Pool Safe is a collaboration between Royal Life Saving NSW and the NSW government. It’s all about taking steps to get information into the hands of pool owners and identifying where they are. 152 councils across NSW are getting information and back up support.

We are giving you the chance to win some prizes – we have a prize pack worth $150 which includes a great Royal Life Saving first-aid kit, a community lifesaver in a box, a special Keep Watch bucket hat and other items. The prize pack includes a DVD all about CPR and why it’s a critical skill.

Minister for Local Government, the Honourable Don Page, says we can all do more to reduce tragic drownings. He highlights that pools are there for fun and enjoyment but can obviously be dangerous to children.

Royal Life Saving’s David Macallister says in the past decade there have been 67 horrific drownings in backyard pools in the 0 to 4-year-old age group.

Minister Don Page reminds people that pools can be a potential death trap for kids.

To enter our competition simply email your pool safety tip to: [email protected]

To get special fact sheets just go to

It takes just a few minutes to register your pool. Just go to

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