The SEAL Pool Safety Program was initiated in January 2021 in response to child drowning statistics, which showed pool drownings as being a leading cause of death for children under the age of five in Queensland.
SEAL is designed to encourage active adult and child participation in programs such as learning to swim, supervision, CPR and pool fence compliance, in order to educate the community to the benefits of water safety and help save lives.
A child or toddler can drown within 20 seconds, in as little as 50mm of water. A child drowning is silent.
SEAL comprises four key water safety actions – supervise around the pool; enclose the pool with a fence; actively check the pool gate and fence; and learn CPR and how to swim.
Supervision means continually watching your child. Be familiar with your child’s swimming ability and always keep within arm’s reach of them when in or around the water.
Ensure you have everything you need before swimming.
Put away distractions and be prepared to get in the water in an emergency.
The Queensland Building Act 1975 defines a Regulated Pool as: -
231B What is a regulated pool
(1) A regulated pool—
(2) The barriers for the pool include any of the following—
If your private pool or spa meet any of the following criteria, you are required by law to gain building approval and to enclose it with a fence:
All regulated swimming pools and spas in Queensland must be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
Regularly check your pool gate and fence are safe.
YouTube: SEAL Pool Compliance
Top things to check for to ensure your pool/spa is safe all year:
You can also download the Summer is Coming checklist to make sure your pool/spa area is ready ahead of the warmer months.
Swimming is an important life skill which builds water confidence and is the first step when it comes to teaching your child water awareness. A child that experiences an immersion and survives may suffer from long term medical issues. The earlier your child is introduced to water, the more likely they will develop water safety and swimming skills which are vital lifesaving skills.
Swimming lessons, as well as water safety skills, are available to children to help build assurance and encourage them to be confident in the water.
It is also a requirement that you prominently display a CPR sign near your pool/spa. For up to date information about CPR signage requirements, see Swimming Pools, Spas and Safety Barriers.
A child is four times more likely to survive a near drowning if parents/guardians or bystanders know CPR and it is performed immediately.
Ipswich City Council offers free learn to swim programs throughout the year for adults aged 18+ years and children aged 6 months to 5 years, along with free CPR Awareness sessions for adults and children.
A child is four times more likely to survive a near drowning if parents/guardians or bystanders know CPR and it is performed immediately. See the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Fact Sheet (PDF, 75.6 KB) for a few steps that need to be followed.
Dangers pertaining to electrical work in and around a pool or spa can be found in the Equipotential Bonding Around a Swimming Pool Fact Sheet (PDF, 115.0 KB).
For more information, please contact our friendly Pool Safety Team by phoning (07) 3810 6120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.