Inflatable and portable pools campaign

‘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:

  • They should only be used if you will empty and store them away after each use
  • They are not toys and children under the age of five should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times
  • Fines apply if you do not have a four sided fence around any pool that can be filled with more 30cm of water or more (the size of an average ruler)
  • Faulty fences and gates are a major reason why toddlers drown in backyard pools. They should be regularly maintained. Contact your local council or accredited pool inspector for more information on pool barriers
  • If it can be filled with 30cm of water, you need to have an approved CPR chart in the pool area.

To help prevent child drowning:

  • Supervise children within arm’s reach with no distractions
  • Have a compliant pool barrier that is used correctly and is maintained 
  • Teach children water familiarisation and swimming skills
  • Learn CPR. Remember that any attempt at CPR is better than none at all. Free online CPR Training is available to teach parents and carers the basic skills needed to perform CPR on a child.

Campaign resources

Brochures and posters are available for download in 17 languages under ‘Downloads’ and ‘Available Translations’ tabs 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.

                                                                                                         Image of parent supervising child in an inflatable pool. Kids Health

 References

1. Royal Life Saving (2017) A 13 year national study of non-fatal drowning in Australia: data challenges, hidden impacts and social costs

    Bangla (Bangla)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Bangla)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Bangla)

    Chinese, Simplified (简体中文)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Simplified Chinese) 儿童可无声无息地溺死!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Simplified Chinese) 儿童可无声无息地溺死!

    Chinese, Traditional (繁體中文)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Traditional Chinese) Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Traditional Chinese) 兒童可無聲無息地溺死

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Traditional Chinese) Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Traditional Chinese) 兒童可無聲無息地溺死

    Dari (دری)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Dari) اطفال بدون صدا میتوانند غرق شوند

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Dari) اطفال بدون صدا میتوانند غرق شوند

    Farsi/Persian (فارسی)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Persian) کودکان ممکن است بدون ایجاد هیچ سر و صدایی غرق شوند

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Persian) کودکان ممکن است بدون ایجاد هیچ سر و صدایی غرق شوند

    Hindi (हिन्दी)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Hindi) बच्चों की बिना किस ी आवाज़ के भी डूब कर मतृ ्यु हो सकती है!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Hindi) बच्चों की बिना किस ी आवाज़ के भी डूब कर मतृ ्यु हो सकती है!

    Korean (한국어)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Korean) 아이들은 아무런 소리 없이 익사할 수 있습니다!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Korean) 아이들은 아무런 소리 없이 익사할 수 있습니다!

    Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Punjabi)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Punjabi)

    Sinhala (සිංහල)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Sinhalese)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Sinhalese)

    Spanish (Español)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Spanish) ¡Los niños pueden ahogarse sin hacer ruido!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Spanish) ¡Los niños pueden ahogarse sin hacer ruido!

    Tagalog (Tagalog)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Tagalog) Ang mga bata ay maaaring malunod nang walang ingay!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Tagalog) Ang mga bata ay maaaring malunod nang walang ingay!

    Tamil (தமிழ்)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Tamil)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Tamil)

    Turkish (Türkçe)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Turkish) Çocuklar sessiz sedasız boğulabilir!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Turkish) Çocuklar sessiz sedasız boğulabilir!

    Urdu (اردو)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Urdu) بچے بالکل خاموشی سے ڈوب سکتے ہیں

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Urdu) بچے بالکل خاموشی سے ڈوب سکتے ہیں

    Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Vietnamese) Trẻ em có thể chết đuối mà không phát ra âm thanh!

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A2 poster (Vietnamese) Trẻ em có thể chết đuối mà không phát ra âm thanh!

    Burmese (Burmese)

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound - A5 brochure (Burmese)