Don't Swim in Channels


We want children, families and members of our community to stay safe around irrigation channels in the Goulburn-Murray Water district. When the weather is hot many people look for a place to swim, but channels are not the place to cool off.

Swimming in channels is dangerous because they pose a range of hidden risks.

The message is simple – Don’t Swim in Channels. While a channel might look still and calm, there could be:

  • strong undercurrents
  • hidden pipes
  • weeds and debris
  • varying depths
  • regulator gates that can open and close quickly
  • drains
  • submerged trees, sandbars and rocks

Channels also pose a danger to pets. They can get tangled in weeds or tree branches. Never allow your pet to swim in a channel.

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016 helps to provide context around why it is never a good idea to swim in channels.

Where can I swim?

When the weather is hot, we encourage families and community members to swim at a supervised location like your local public swimming pool.

 Check with your local council for pool information and opening hours during summer.

Don't Swim in Channels school competition

Our Don’t Swim in Channels school competition has now wrapped up for 2016.

Congratulations to Lachie Atkins from Stanhope Primary School, Riley Todd from St Augustine’s College in Kyabram and Makayla Heap from Cohuna Consolidated School who impressed us with their creative ideas to name the three characters on our channel safety poster.

We're delighted to introduce Fin, Slider and Flow, who will continue to feature on our channel safety images throughout the summer period.

Each student named above has won a $50 prize for themselves and $250 prize for his or her school.

 Download our posters

Don't Mess With Channels

Channels Suck


Channel Safety character names