Beaches, pools and water

How well can your children swim? Even if they are strong swimmers, are they aware of blue bottles, rips and other risks at the beach? While pools and beaches across Sydney have lifeguards on there are also very strict rules about how and where swimming is allowed. Pools might not allow diving or jumping in certain areas, beaches will have flags to identify where swimming is safest. If your child is going a house with a pool, make sure you feel comfortable with the depth, that the family observe laws concerning safety and hygiene and that adults are present when children are swimming. Provide your child with floatation devices which meet safety standards, protect from the sun as well as making sure your child does not get too cold and know where help and first aid can be found.

Featured  safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Emergency contact list

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Emergency and advice

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.