Royal Life Saving is the peak water safety body in Australia with the aim to prevent drowning deaths and incidents.

The media plays an important role in helping Royal Life Saving educate the community on staying safe whenever they are in, on or around water. Drowning deaths occur all year round in a variety of water sources including swimming pools, bathtubs, dams, lakes, rivers, beaches and fish ponds so information on water safety is always relevant no matter what the season or location.

Media Contacts

Royal Life Saving is always happy to assist members of the media in any way we can and we welcome media enquiries. Please contact Media Key anytime on 0409 420 112 or 03 9769 6488.

Royal Life Saving are available to comment on a range of drowning and non-fatal drowning incidents, as well as swimming and water safety issues.

State and Territory Contacts

Each State and Territory member organisation has a representative who is available for local comment (as per the contact details listed below). Please note you may need to contact Ross Woodward to liaise with Branch contacts after hours.

Australia Capital Territory
Cherry Bailey, Executive Director - Telephone 02 6260 5800 / Email

New South Wales
Telephone 02 9634 3700

Northern Territory
Floss Roberts, Executive Director - Telephone 08 8981 5036 / Email

Paul Barry, Executive Director - Telephone 07 3823 2823 / Email

South Australia
Telephone 08 8234 9244

Telephone 03 6243 7558

Telephone 03 9676 6970 / Email:

Western Australia
Samantha Vigus, Manager Marketing Communications, Telephone 08 9383 8200 / Mobile 0434 626 144 / Email

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Drowning Reports

Detailed information and statistics on drowning incidents in Australia.

Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.

Royal Life Saving has produced a National Drowning Report every year since 1995.

Fact Sheets

For journalist's needing background information quickly, we have a range of fact sheets available on different water safety topics.

Each fact sheet is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions, a checklist to help prevent drowning in the topic area and real life examples of the issues discussed.

Media Releases

View the latest news items and media releases from Royal Life Saving.

Community Service Announcements

View Royal Life Saving’s important community service announcements aimed at generating greater awareness for water safety and drowning prevention.


For 25 years Keep Watch has been advising Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children 0-4 years of age. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that drowning is the number one cause of death in one-, two- and three-year-old children (ABS 2019).


Royal Life Saving’s Make the Right Call campaign encourages all Australians – especially males – to stay safe when enjoying the country’s beautiful inland waterways.

Our research has shown that drowning continues to affect more men than women – in fact, men are four times more likely to drown than women, a statistic that has not changed for many years. In addition, we’ve found that, over the past 10 years, inland waterways have claimed more lives than any other location, accounting for 40% of all drowning deaths in Australia.