POOL safety experts are calling on party organisers to nominate a “responsible pool person” to watch over swimmers this summer.
Border business Poolwerx owners Rob and Michelle Hudson said 12 per cent of drowning deaths this summer had occurred in pools and nominating a designated adult to supervise swimmers was imperative.
“It’s not good enough to just expect that someone will be keeping an eye on swimmers; you need to have formally nominated a responsible adult,” Mr Hudson said.
Water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence said research into private pool drownings in children under 5 showed that there was no supervision in 64 per cent of cases.
“Poolwerx has created the concept of a responsible pool person for parties to ensure safety is a priority and that someone is dedicated to supervision and not distracted at a party,” he said.
Pool owners can visit Poolwerx stores to get a free “responsible pool person” hat for their nominated swimming supervisor.