Educate & Participate
Young or old. Swimming and water safety education for all. Learn to swim, teach water safety or take part in lifesaving sport. Get wet and get involved!

We are building a nation of lifesavers that together help create communities free from drowning. 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. Further, foster pool lifesaving sport as vehicle for skills and leadership development.

Over 20 million participants have enjoyed Swim and Survive since inception.
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651,708 + Education and Training Awards issued annually.
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300,000+ participants undertake classroom awards per annum.


Find out more about Royal Life Saving's Swim and Survive learn to swim program and the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework which sets out the national benchmarks for swimming and water safety education in Australia.

It's time to thrive with the new Swim and Survive program
Providing the perfect balance of swimming and water safety - for all Australians, of all ages and abilities.
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The National Swimming and Water Safety Framework

The Framework supports a structured and consistent understanding of swimming and water safety education across Australia

The Framework provides three benchmarks for children at age 6, 12 and 17 years.

It aims to inform Government policy makers and swim schools, but is an important resource for parents to understand the lifelong benefits that learning to swim provides.


Lifesaving was naturally central to the formation of Royal Life Saving over 125 years ago and it remains at the heart of our community education programs today. Learn more about the journey from learn to swim, and building on the extension of skills, knowledge, fitness and judgement.


Lifesaving sport takes swimming to the next level, teaching skills in rescue, accident prevention and emergency care that will save lives and last a lifetime.

Kids Zone
Teaching children all about water safety through fun and games. Have fun with activity sheets, colouring pages, interactive games and lots more!
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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.