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About Lakes and Dams


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This course covers the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants and children in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority

Drowning in Lakes, Dams and Lagoons

Although many drownings occur around water at the home, research shows that a high number of child drownings also occur at inland water ways. A 10 year analysis of drownings at lakes, dams and lagoons between 2008 and 2018 showed that a total of 255 drowning deaths occurred across Australia. Ten percent of these drownings (26) in lakes, dams and lagoons were children aged 0-4 years with majority of drownings occurring in dams.

About the Waddles Program

The Waddles program aims to deliver education to parents and children around the different risks around varied water ways.

Waddles- Lakes and Dams focuses on teaching young children about the dangers around lakes and dams in a fun and engaging way and hopes to equip them with the skills to recognise dangerous situations and what they should do to stay safe. Young Children are inherently attracted to water, but do not necessarily understand the consequences should they fall in. Even young children who may possess basic aquatic skills are not water safe or

‘drown-proof’. As they may panic or forget their skills in an emergency or unfamiliar environment.

The Story

This story follows a family of ducks on a camping trip at their local lake. Each duckling encounters a different element of danger at a lake or dam.The repeated message throughout stresses two points – that these environments are dangerous to them, and they should be accompanied by an adult when near water.

This is reinforced by the tagline ‘Take care near lakes and dams. Have an adult close at hand.’

To assist children in developing practical skills to stay safe in all aquatic environments, Royal Life Saving NSW encourages parents and carers to involve their children in water

familiarization and learn to swim classes from a young age, and to participate safely in all aquatic pursuits and environments.

Activity Sheets

A variety of activity sheets are accessible on the website, they are available for download and include the following:

  • Dot to dots

  • Colouring in

  • Mazes

  • Find the missing object

Syllabus Links


At the completion of the Preschool Water Safety Program, teachers can award participating children with a certificate to recognise each student as a ‘Water Smart Kid’.

This certificate is available for download on the website under Delivery Resources. Centre’s are encouraged to present a certificate to each child who has watched the animation or attended a reading of the book, attempted some of the activities and has engaged with any additional water safety education delivered by your centre.

Royal Life Saving would also like to recognise each participating centre for your involvement in the program and, more importantly, your contribution towards child drowning prevention.

A centre certificate is available for download on the website under Delivery Resources. We encourage you to print and display this certificate at the completion of the program to promote your centre as being ‘Water Smart’.

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