Maximising Our Social Value and Impact

The Problem

Aboriginal Australians are over-represented in drowning statistics. Looking specifically at WA's Pilbara region there has been a 29% increase in the number of drowning deaths over the past decade, with males, toddlers and young people aged 15-24 at greatest risk, while Aboriginal Australians are twice as likely to drown as non-Aboriginal Australians.

Our Solution

Royal Life Saving is proud to support remote Aboriginal communities to pursue a lifestyle that maintains their traditional culture while encompassing components of modern society. Our swimming pools are not just about being physically active; they are a place where educational, health, well-being and social cohesion outcomes are achieved.

We refer to the pools as ‘Cool Pools’, a recognition that social capital comes from activities built from the bottom up through grassroots opportunities which appeal to local motivations and interests.

Where we are

A map showing locations of Royal Life Saving WA offices and pools

Highlights from 2019/20

Talent Pool

Four talent pool participants by the pool

Royal Life Saving’s Talent Pool program is providing real employment opportunities for Aboriginal youth.

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Bidyadanga Holiday Program

A group of Aboriginal children holding up their painted hands

Children in Bidyadanga enjoyed a special holiday program run by pool manager Bernie Egan.

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