Royal Life Saving ACT is committed to the development of swimming and water safety skills for children of all ages. With the lowest drowning rates in the country1, Canberrans are very aware of the risks associated with aquatic environments. We strive to educate our children about the dangers at public pools, at the river, by the lake, and near the dam. We take care to ensure children are knowledgable of how to keep themselves safe near the water and how to act in an emergency. Royal Life Saving ACT’s school programs aim to reiterate all these messages and to give children the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice. Skills such as floating, treading water, and exiting the water are life skills that once taught, will be held onto for life.

Participating in structured aquatic programs at a young age introduces children to the practical concept of water safety. In our programs students gain knowledge AND skills, and are given the opportunity to practice those skills in a FUN and safe environment!

Program available under the Royal Life Saving ACT
'FOR SCHOOLS' banner include:

  • Aquasafe - Joint initiative with ACT Education and Training Directorate for Year 2 students
  • Swim and Survive - Royal Life Saving Society’s national swimming and water safety initiative
  • Watersmart - Classroom water safety program for K-10
  • E-Lifesaving - Lifesaving pathways right through to Bronze Medallion for high school students
  • AquaM8 - A collaborative approach to survival and lifesaving for high school and college students
  • First Aid - Training programs for students aged 14 and up
  • Pool Lifeguard - Real job pathways for students aged 16 and up

Plus all of our accredited VET programs are customisable for delivery and use in the school setting.

The Royal Life Saving Society – Australia National Drowning report 2014 demonstrates the need for ongoing commitment to water safety education and programs in Australia:

  • 1 in 5 of all drowning deaths are children aged under 18 years of age
  • 56 children drowned last year
  • 91% of children aged 0-4 fell or wandered into the water
  • 43% of children aged 10-14 drowned in rivers
  • Males are 4 times more likely to drown than females
  • Drowning rate dramatically increases as teenagers become young adults.

1Royal Life Saving Society – Australia National Drowning report 2014