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
- Swim Teacher - Get qualified to teach Swimming and Water Safety programs
Plus all of our accredited VET programs are customisable for delivery and use in the school setting.
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia’s National Drowning research demonstrates the need for ongoing commitment to water safety education and programs in Australia. The 2020 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report revealed:
- Swimming/Recreating was the most common activity being undertaken immediately prior to a drowning incident of a child aged 5-14 years
- 21 children drowned in the 2019/20 report period
- 75% of children aged 0-4 who drowned, accidentally fell into the water
- 71% of children aged 0-14 who drowned, did so in rivers, creeks or swimming pools
1Royal Life Saving Society – Australia National Drowning report 2020