Keep eyes on chil­dren at pool

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL -

MUN­DAR­ING Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw wants par­ents to keep their eyes on their child and not their phone when aquatic cen­tres open for the sum­mer sea­son.

“Bil­go­man and Mt He­lena Aquatic Cen­tres are ex­tremely pop­u­lar with peo­ple across all age groups,” Cr Daw said.

“But aquatic cen­tre staff have seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of par­ents and guardians who are glued to their smart­phones and not pay­ing at­ten­tion to chil­dren in the wa­ter,” he said.

Some aquatic cen­tres in WA of­fer free Wi-Fi in ac­cor­dance with safety strate­gies rec­om­mended by Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA.

How­ever, the Shire of Mun­dar­ing has avoided im­ple­ment­ing the ser­vice.

“We be­lieve a pool is no place for a phone. We ask all adults to put their phones away and con­cen­trate on the chil­dren in their care, es­pe­cially those un­der five years. For this age group par­ents must be in the wa­ter with them and en­sure chil­dren are within arm’s reach at all times,” Cr Daw said.

“The Shire is proud Bil­go­man and Mt He­lena aquatic cen­tres of­fer fam­i­lies and chil­dren a great day out.

“Our cen­tres have life guards but ul­ti­mately chil­dren un­der your care are solely your re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Bil­go­man Aquatic Cen­tre re­cently re-opened and Mt He­lena Aquatic Cen­tre will open on De­cem­ber 11.

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