Royal Life Saving is Australia's largest provider of water safety education. Our programs are delivered in schools, pools and community centres daily. They are designed to build awareness of dangers in aquatic environments and to arm the community with lifesaving skills used in both prevention and rescue.
Our key education programs include:
Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations.
For over 15 years Keep Watch has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.
Swim and Survive
Swim and Survive is a national swimming and water safety initiative that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.
Swim and Survive ensures the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to swimming technique.
For over 100 years, the Bronze Medallion award has been the benchmark for lifesavers all over the world.
The ‘Bronze’ builds knowledge and skills in rescue, personal survival and emergency care and is awarded in recognition of the ability to perform aquatic rescues in a safe and efficient manner.
The skills developed through achieving the Bronze Medallion will last a lifetime.
The Grey Medallion program is a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults.
It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely.
Home Pool Safety
The home pool environment is often a place of fun and enjoyment. However home pools are a location with a high risk of drowning, particularly for children under five years of age.
This section includes useful information on a number of different topics to improve safety in and around the home swimming pool.
Make it Safe - Portable Pool Safety
Portable swimming pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. Children drown in portable pools every year in Australia. Many more children are hospitalised as a result of a drowning incident in a portable swimming pool. Those most at-risk are children under three years of age and almost two thirds of those who have drowned are males.
Royal Life Saving, in partnership with consumer affairs agencies across Australian launched a portable pool safety campaign urging people to think carefully about their purchase of portable pools.
Find out more about Make it Safe – Portable Pool Safety
The Talk – For Over 55s
In a bid to reduce the number of older people drowning each and every year in Australia, Royal Life Saving developed
'The Talk' is a public awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the drowning risk in older people and communicating some simple drowning prevention tips.
Find out more about “The Talk”.
Respect the River
With support from the Federal Government, Royal Life Saving is working across Australia to promote safe aquatic recreation and prevent drowning in Inland Waterways. Our rivers are beautiful, but more people drown here than anywhere else. It’s simple – Respect the River.
State and Territory Activities
Our State and Territory Member Organisations know how to customise programs to best suit their local needs and environment. It's one way of ensuring all Australian's receive the highest level of water safety education, no matter where they live or where they have come from.
Follow the links at left to see the activities in your State or Territory.
The “Sinkers’ Campaign aims to reduce drowning in people aged 15-29 who drown whilst under the influence of alcohol. Campaign Ambassadors Channel 9 Journalist Erin Molan, Pro Surfer Ellie Jean Coffey, Pro Skateboarder and TV Presenter Corbin Harris and Actor Dan Ewing, set out to inspire Gen Y to let people know alcohol and water do not mix.
NSW Pool Register – Be Pool Safe
From 29 April 2013, NSW pool owners are required to register their backyard swimming pools in an online register to be provided by the NSW State Government. Swimming pool registration is free. If you can’t access the online register after 29 April 2013, your local council will be able to register on your behalf (a fee of up to $10.00 may apply).
- Keep Watch
- Home Pool Safety
- Swim and Survive
State and Territory Activities
- ACT Primary Schools Program
- ACT Ministers Swim and Survive Certificate
- ACT Swim for Life Program
- ACT First Aid @ Home
- NT Water Safety Strategy 2012-2016
- NT Water Safety Week 2016
- NT Sunday Lifesaving Program
- NT Sunday Infant Aquatics
- NT Water Safety Awareness Program
- NT VACSWIM Program
- TAS AQUAVATE Conference
- Respect the River
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Make It Safe - Portable Pool Safety
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Sinkers #DontDrinkAndSink
- Bronze Medallion
- Grey Medallion
- Community Development