Working together to create a healthier future for Western Australia

Royal Life Saving Society WA has shared a long and successful partnership with BHP, delivering a range of water safety and drowning prevention programs for at-risk communities throughout Western Australia with a focus on the Pilbara region.

Since 2003, through BHP’s Social Investment Program, the company has invested over $5.2 million towards delivery of the Water Safe WA program.

During the 17-year partnership, BHP has supported several programs all encompassed under the Water Safe WA program including: Swim and Survive, Infant Aquatics, Swim and Survive Access and Equity, Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program, Watch Around Water and Talent Pool.

These programs aim to ensure that all Western Australians have the awareness, skills and knowledge needed to participate in a range of aquatic activities at all aquatic locations.

Throughout the delivery of the program there have been some significant achievements.

The partnership between Royal Life Saving Society WA and BHP has gone from strength to strength, which has resulted in BHP investing a further $1.5 million over the next two years as the Principal Community Partner to support several community programs delivered both across the state, with a focus on the Pilbara region.

BHP is proud to continue being the Principal Community Partner of the Royal Life Saving Society WA and working together to create a healthier future for all Western Australians.

Since 2003

  • Almost two million children have participated in the Swim and Survive program, many of these in the Pilbara region.
  • Each year, over 50,000 visits are recorded across the eight remote Aboriginal community swimming pools.
  • As a result of swimming regularly, reported skin infections among Aboriginal children has declined by 68% in Jigalong and 77% in Yandeyarra.
  • 1,640 children from socially disadvantaged communities have participated in subsidised swimming and water safety programs.
  • 1,421 Aboriginal people gained qualifications in first aid, resuscitation, Bronze Medallion and Pool Lifeguard.