Royal Life Saving is Australia's largest provider of water safety education. Our programs are delivered in schools, pools and community centres daily. They are designed to build awareness of dangers in aquatic environments and to arm the community with lifesaving skills used in both prevention and rescue.
Our key education programs include:
Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations.
For over 20 years Keep Watch has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.
Home Pool Safety
The home pool environment is often a place of fun and enjoyment. However home pools are a location with a high risk of drowning, particularly for children under five years of age.
This section includes useful information on a number of different topics to improve safety in and around the home swimming pool.
Swim and Survive
Swim and Survive is a national swimming and water safety initiative that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.
Swim and Survive ensures the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to swimming technique.
Swim My Way
Developed by UNCLE TOBYS in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia, SWIM MY WAY, is supporting a variety of swimming programs for Australians of all ages. It’s designed to promote access and inclusion to get more Aussies active, having fun and growing their confidence in the water.
For over 100 years, the Bronze Medallion award has been the benchmark for lifesavers all over the world.
The ‘Bronze’ builds knowledge and skills in rescue, personal survival and emergency care and is awarded in recognition of the ability to perform aquatic rescues in a safe and efficient manner.
The skills developed through achieving the Bronze Medallion will last a lifetime.
The Grey Medallion program is a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults.
It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely.
Make it Safe - Portable Pool Safety
Portable swimming pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. Children drown in portable pools every year in Australia. Many more children are hospitalised as a result of a drowning incident in a portable swimming pool. Those most at-risk are children under three years of age and almost two thirds of those who have drowned are males.
Royal Life Saving, in partnership with consumer affairs agencies across Australian launched a portable pool safety campaign urging people to think carefully about their purchase of portable pools.
Find out more about Make it Safe – Portable Pool Safety
The Talk – For Over 55s
In a bid to reduce the number of older people drowning each and every year in Australia, Royal Life Saving developed ‘The Talk’.
'The Talk' is a public awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the drowning risk in older people and communicating some simple drowning prevention tips.
Find out more about “The Talk”.
Respect the River
With support from the Federal Government, Royal Life Saving is working across Australia to promote safe aquatic recreation and prevent drowning in Inland Waterways. Our rivers are beautiful, but more people drown here than anywhere else. It’s simple – Respect the River.
Don't Let Your Mates Drink and Drown
With support from the Federal Government, Royal Life Saving is urging men to look out for their mates by avoiding alcohol around water, and to stand up to risk taking behaviour that can lead to tragic accidents & drownings.
State and Territory Activities
Our State and Territory Member Organisations know how to customise programs to best suit their local needs and environment. It's one way of ensuring all Australian's receive the highest level of water safety education, no matter where they live or where they have come from.
Follow the links at left to see the activities in your State or Territory.
By working within communities, Royal Life Saving is able to provide a range of activities and programs, while creating training, leadership and employment opportunities for local people.
More specifically Royal Life Saving works with Indigenous; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse; Regional and Remote; and those with Disabilities.
Increasingly our skills and expertise are being utilised to assist the international communities in most need. Drowning rates in the Asia-Pacific region are frighteningly high and largely unnoticed.
- Keep Watch
- Keep Watch Home Pool Safety
- Keep Watch Community Help Grants
State and Territory Activities
- ACT Jobs Board
- ACT Schools Program
- ACT Ministers Swim and Survive Certificate
- ACT Junior Lifeguard Club
- ACT Swim for Life Program
- ACT Ngadyung Program
- ACT First Aid @ Home
- NT Water Safety Strategy 2017-2021
- NT Water Safety Week 2018
- NT Sunday Lifesaving Program
- NT Infant Aquatics Program
- NT Water Safety Awareness Program
- NT VACSWIM and Swim and Survive Bootcamp Program
- National Swimming and Water Safety Framework
- Swim and Survive
- SWIM MY WAY
- Respect the River
- Don't Let Your Mates Drink and Drown
- The Talk - For Over 55s
- Make It Safe
- Changed Swimming Pool Laws - Be Pool Safe
- Bronze Medallion
- Grey Medallion
- Community Development