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Water Smart – Summer Safety

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Be Water Smart

Be Water Smart is a great set of videos created by The Royal Life Saving Association to start class discussions around water safety. Children have to respond to certain situations that they think may be dangerous by clapping as they spot them happening. Teachers can stop the videos at these points and have a class discussion about whether what has happened is safe or not: What did the children in the video do wrong? What should they have done and how could the situation be improved? After starting the video again the answer from the experts will be explained to the children, reinforcing the be safety message.

Be Water Smart at the Pool, shows a number of scenarios around the local pool, demonstrating unsafe behaviour and then rewinds to show what should have happened. Scenarios include: pool rules, family day at the pool and listen to the lifeguard.

Be Water Smart at Home, shows a number of scenarios around the home, demonstrating unsafe behaviour and then rewinds to show what should have happened. Scenarios include: Bath Time, Backyard Pools, Paddling Pools, Liquid-filled containers and home pool maintenance.

Be Water Smart at the Beach, shows a number of scenarios around the Beach, demonstrating unsafe behaviour and then rewinds to show what should have happened. Scenarios include: swim between the flags, checking the conditions, being sun smart and swim with a buddy.

Be Water Smart at Rivers and Lakes, shows a number of scenarios around inland water environments, demonstrating unsafe behaviour and then rewinds to show what should have happened. Scenarios include: family picnic, safe entry into the water, boating and rescue.

All four videos are excellent resources; they could be used for class assembly times, or instead of a story at the end of the day. They could be viewed in as little as about twenty minutes each but could be a timely reminder of how to keep safe during the holiday.

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