National Aquatic Workforce Framework
Strengthening safety, capability & credentialling
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Welcome to Royal Life Saving
We’re here to help all Australians enjoy the water safely through drowning prevention leadership, education and action. We want to bring a love of swimming and water safety education to more people in the community, especially those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.
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Keeping you safe
Australians love the water which is why it is so important that we all stay safe when we’re in, on, or around it. We want you and your family to love and enjoy the water but to do so safely.
Skills for Life

Whether as a responsible member of the community or for a lifesaving career Royal Life Saving has you covered with training opportunities both online and face to face.

Summer Drowning Report 2023/24
The Royal Life Saving Summer Drowning Toll recorded 99 drowning deaths across Australia between 1 December 2023 and 29 February 2024. Tragically this is a 10% increase on the 90 drowning deaths recorded last summer and 5% increase on the 5-year average of 94 drowning deaths.
Find out more about the Summer Drowning Report

Prepare for the unexpected.

Kids will be kids. And we love them all. Cute, funny, quiet, wild, angelic, studious, all of them with their own unique personalities, all of them unpredictable. One day the side kick and the curious one the next, with everything in between. Which is why we love them even more!

But they have one thing in common: Kids can’t help themselves around water, you need to. Keep Watch.

Life is better when we swim
We Swim is inspiring parents across Australia to take action to ensure their children enjoy all the benefits of swimming.
Learn more about We Swim


Every year, Royal Life Saving produces the National Drowning Report, examining the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways. We are ever mindful that these stories in this report are of real people whose lives have been lost or impacted by drowning. We seek to advocate and collaborate to reduce the impact of drowning on the community.

Give your child the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water
Join our pool of over 450,000 Swim and Survive kids to develop the next generation of safer, confident and competent swimmers.
Find out more about Swim and Survive
Safer Aquatic Locations
We are championing safety in all aquatic environments through risk management, industry development and training initiatives. Managing the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation with over 500 subscribers.
Aquatic Risk and Guidelines


The Australian Government provides significant support and funding for Royal Life Saving's drowning prevention initiatives and activities, including swimming and water safety education programs, community awareness campaigns and industry support.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Royal Life Saving Society Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; Elders past and present.