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.