Swim and Survive

A comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving

Swim and Survive is a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

The initiative ensures that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to a process of developing strong and effective swimming technique. Swim and Survive is delivered in pools schools and other aquatic locations across the country by qualified swimming and water safety instructors.

Since its inception over 30 years ago, over 15 million Australian children have participated in the Swim and Survive program.

Wonder, Courage and Active are the Swim and Survive initiative programs. They reflect the hopes and aspirations of children and families as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water.

Each program is structured into skill strands that ensure a balanced, comprehensive instructional approach to a child's aquatic education. Each of the 3 programs has a set of Award levels to guide the Instructor and participant through the stages of aquatic education. The 3 programs with their Award Levels provide a comprehensive structured resource of Swimming and Water Safety.

A lifetime of fun and safety in the water

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Wonder, Courage and Active are the Swim and Survive initiative programs. They reflect the hopes and aspirations of children and families as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water.

Each program is structured into skill strands that ensure a balanced, comprehensive instructional approach to a child's aquatic education. Each of the 3 programs has a set of Award levels to guide the Instructor and participant through the stages of aquatic education. The 3 programs with their Award Levels provide a comprehensive structured resource of Swimming and Water Safety.

Learn to Swim in Rural and Remote Communities

These kids in remote Queensland often have to travel over 100km for swimming and water safety lessons.

Through SWIM MY WAY the Swim and Survive program is making learn to swim programs more accessible and getting more children swimming and active in the water. To find out more click here.

An overview of youth drowning in Australia

  • 19 Children aged 0-4 years drowned in Australia in 2018/19
  • 68% of all drowning deaths in this age group were males
  • 12% increase on 2017/2018
  • 8 children aged 5-14 years drowned in Australia in 2018/2019
  • 75% of all drowning deaths in this age group were males
  • Accidental falls into water remain the leading activity prior to drowning among this age group, accounting for 84% of all deaths
  • Drowning rates increase from the age of 15 years
  • The location for drowning changes from the home environment in the childhood group (0 to 14 years) to pen environments where there are more natural hazards.