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 Swim and Survive aims to build strong foundation skills required to develop more complex gross motor skills. Focusing on foundation skills makes progression faster down the track.


  • Ages from 3 years to 5 years
  • Independent participation
  • Learn and develop fundamental movement skills
  • Transition level for less confident

What will my child learn?

  • Entering and exiting the water safely
  • Floating, recovering and orientating the body independently
  • Gliding, kicking and propulsion skills
  • Breathing skills
  • Foundation swimming strokes
  • Submerging under water
  • Elementary survival skills
  • Safety rules for participating in lessons
  • Identifying dangers, people who can help and ways to get help

Safety and inclusivity for all children

No matter the ability everyone can participate and learn at their own pace. The aim is to build confidence, become mobile and above all have fun! Small size classes help to keep everyone involved and safe.

Cheer from the sidelines

Preschool age children who have been participating regularly in swimming lessons or who have progressed from infant and toddler lessons, can now participate independently with the teacher.

Preschool age children love showing off their skills throughout lessons so even though parents and carers are not in the water, they have an important role to play in acknowledging small achievements and providing encouragement and emotional support.

Not quite ready for independent participation?

Rest assured for those children that have little or no experience and are nervous, we have a transition level with parent and carer involvement until they are ready to move to the independent stage.

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