Watch Around

Your Child. Your Focus.

Ballarat Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre has been a Watch Around Water accredited facility since July 2014.

The purpose of our WAW program is to educate our patrons about active supervision, and to encourage parents and guardians to take on this responsibility when visiting our Centre.


Children under 5 years
Every child under 5 is required to wear a PINK wristband while swimming.
A parent of guardian over the age of 16 years MUST be within arm’s reach at all times.

Children under 10 years
Every child between 5-9 years years is required to wear a YELLOW wristband while swimming.
Children under 10 years must be clearly and constantly visible to a parent or guardian over the age of 16 years and remain directly accessible.

Failure to comply with our Watch Around Water policy results in immediate removal from the water. 


Families with children aged under 10 years will need to remember the following ratios of children to adults when visiting Ballarat’s swimming pools:

Children under 5 years: 1 adult to 2 children

Children under 10 years: 1 adult to 4 children

Families who do not have enough adults to actively and safely supervise children in and around the water will not be able to enter the swimming facilities.

Watch Around Water Online Training

Online Watch Around Water training is provided by Lifesaving Victoria. To view the online learning portal for parents and guardians accessing our facilities, please click here.