Drowning is still one of the main causes of death in children under the age of five. If children are not supervised properly in or around water, they can drown quickly in just a few centimetres of water.
Drowning is very quick and silent. Most parents and carers think they will hear if a child is drowning, but this isn’t true. A young child's head is heavy compared to the rest of their body, so they can’t lift themselves once they're under water.
Children can drown in swimming pools, baths, spas, dams, rivers, creeks, garden ponds, water features, buckets or any source of water.
Children who survive drowning can suffer long-term brain damage, developmental delays and other health problems.