Creating Safer Aquatic Places and Spaces

Western Australia is dotted with pools, lakes and criss-crossed with rivers. Not all aquatic environments can be monitored by lifeguards, but all can be made safer: with better guidelines, targeted action in black spots, and greater community awareness of the risks.

More people are drowning in Australia’s rivers than anywhere else. They may look beautiful, but beneath the surface are snags, fast currents and freezing waters. It’s all too easy to get into trouble. The message is simple: respect the river.

Highlights from 2019/20

Statistics about water safety

A pool lifeguard on the side of the pool speaking to patrons in the water

Pool Lifeguard Challenge

The Pool Lifeguard Challenge is an annual event that tests the skills of lifeguards from the metro and regional areas of WA.

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Young scouts standing on the river shore with kayaks, wearing lifejackets

Scouts WA Partnership

 Royal Life Saving WA is working with Scouts WA to ensure these young West Aussies learning vital safety skills through the Respect the River program.

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