The crisis of drownings and near misses continues in Queensland with the successful resuscitation of a 6 year old boy at the Bluewater Lagoon in Mackay.  Once again Lifeguards have beeen called into action to rescue and resuscitate the child when he was seperated from his mother at the facility.  One issue that arises from this article is that mother had four young children with her at the facility and became distracted when feeding a younger sibiling of the child that got into distress. How many young children can one person effectively supervise in this environment?

Pool Lifeguards must have the ability and confidence to intervene in these situations and ensure that parents of young children are aware of the policy's in place surronding the supervison of children in the aquatic environment.  The Keep Watch message referred to in the article relates to the home pool environment not public aquatic facilities. 

http://cat1.poolsafety.com.au/default.asp?documentid=919

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