Our vision is a nation free from drowning. Royal Life Saving leads efforts to reduce drowning and increase swimming, water safety and lifesaving skills across the Australian community.

You can be a lifesaver by fundraising to provide swimming and water safety lessons to children. Your efforts will give Australian's of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the chance to learn essential swimming and water safety skills – skills that could one day save their life or the lives of others.

How to get started:

1. Choose your lifesaving fundraiser. You could have a bake sale, do something active like a swimming, running or cycling event, celebrate your birthday, or fundraise in memory of a loved one.

2. Set up an online fundraising page. Register and personalise your own page on Everyday Hero or MyCause. You can add your own photos and a description about your fundraising event and why you're fundraising for Royal Life Saving!

3. Share your fundraising page and ask for support. Share the link to your fundraising page with friends, family and colleagues and ask for them to make a donation.

Contact us on 02 8217 3111 or email us for fundraising support and resources.

Triathlete helps disadvantaged kids learn to swim

Triathlete Paula Cruden

When Maroubra triathlete Paula Cruden took to the start line at the Elite Energy Ultimate Triathlon, she had some special motivation – her efforts gave many disadvantaged Aussie children the chance to learn to swim.

“We have such a big water culture in Australia and it’s so important that all kids learn how to swim. But there are many children who just aren’t getting the same opportunities that I got,” Paula said.

“I became very interested in Australia’s water culture and the different courses available when I did my Bronze Medallion,” Paula said. “I did a lot of research and when I read the statistics on drowning and saw there was a current lack of swimming and water safety awareness I decided I wanted to do something about it. That’s when I found out about Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive Fund.”

The Swim and Survive Fund is an initiative of Royal Life Saving to provide swimming lessons to Australian children who, either through circumstance or cultural background, don’t get the opportunity to learn how to swim.

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia’s CEO, Justin Scarr, knows that the importance of swimming and water safety in this country can’t be underestimated. “Learning to swim is a vital safety skill that all Australian children should learn. We don’t want kids missing out because their parents can’t afford the lessons,” he said. “That’s why we are very pleased when people like Paula also recognise this and step up to do something about it.”

Paula has been a triathlete for five years but the 2km ocean swim, 120km bike and 20km run is easily the most gruelling event she has entered – and there are no prizes for guessing which discipline is her favourite. “Definitely the swim,” she said. “I’ve grown up on the coast and always been in the water. I just love swimming.”

Paula raised just under $2000 for the Swim and Survive Fund. “I’ve done a bit of fundraising before, but I’ve never put in this much effort or had this much interest in anything like this. I’d like to continue with it after the triathlon. Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive Fund will be my charity of choice for sure.”