Keep eyes on children at pool
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.