Swim and Survive
Royal Life Saving's Swim and Survive program ensures children all over Australia get the very best swimming and water safety education backed by over 125 years of experience in swimming and lifesaving, based on evidence-based research.

At this stage of the learn to swim journey the Swim and Survive program focuses on water familiarisation, enjoyment and development of elementary skills required prior to independent participation.


  • Ages from 6 months to 3 years
  • In-water parent or carer participation
  • Learn through play, games and fundamental movement skills

What will my child learn?

  • Getting into and out of the water safely
  • Floating on their front and back
  • Orientating their body using rotation skills
  • Moving through the water using kicking and arm actions
  • Gliding in a forward direction
  • Breathing preparation skills
  • Submerging under water
  • Safety rules for participating in lessons
  • Social skills for interacting with peers and the teacher

Safety and inclusivity for all children

We encourage everyone to get involved. No matter their ability, everyone can participate and learn. Children will learn at their own pace and teachers will guide you along the way.

Parent and carer involvement

Parents and carers are an integral part of children’s aquatic education and, at these early ages, in-water parent and carer participation is necessary not only for safety but to provide support and guidance through activities to get maximum value from lessons.

Parent and carer involvement is a massive factor for children’s enjoyment and engagement in the learning process as well as their skill progression and achievement. The best way to do this is to be actively involved and get wet!

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