‘Kids can drown without a sound!’ is our statewide water safety and drowning prevention campaign with a focus on inflatable and portable pools.
Each year, an average of 13 drowning deaths and 84 non-fatal drowning incidents happen to children in NSW1. Children can drown without a sound quickly in just a few centimeters of water.
Portable and inflatable pools have the same drowning risk as permanent pools, in fact 1 in 5 swimming pools children drown in is portable.
If you use a portable or inflatable pool:
To help prevent child drowning:
Brochures and posters are available for download in 17 languages under ‘Downloads’ and ‘Available Translations’ below.
Printed copies of these resources in English, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese for free from the Resources to order page. These resources were developed after focus group testing by the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service.
The final report of the 2012-13 campaign, including further information on the issues with inflatable and portable swimming pools is available under ‘Downloads’ below.
See the inflatable or portable swimming pools fact sheet for additional information.
More tips on water safety and drowning prevention:
1. Royal Life Saving (2017) A 13 year national study of non-fatal drowning in Australia: data challenges, hidden impacts and social costs