Water Safety Skills for All

The Problem

In Western Australia we are blessed with many rivers, lakes and pools, water activity is a thriving part of our culture. For this reason it’s vital for all children to learn Swim and Survive skills.

The challenge we face is to ensure each new generation acquires these lifesaving skills and that no one misses out. Currently, sectors of our community from diverse cultural backgrounds, disadvantaged circumstances and regional areas do not have this opportunity.

Our Solution

Teaching children personal survival skills and water safety is the most important investment the community can make to reduce drowning and it has proven to be effective with children now the least likely of all age groups to drown.

In the past year we’ve taken an all-encompassing approach to empowering the community. 195,615 children learnt swimming and water safety skills through our swim and survive program. We conducted research to further develop and customise our Infant Aquatics, Swim and Survive and Bronze Rescue programs, and we conducted pool lifesaving sporting events to retain participants. We’ve continued to train and support instructors throughout the state and supported a far-reaching network of 593 community trainers, 120 Endorsed Swim and Survive schools and 39 Junior Lifeguard Clubs across Western Australia.

This strong, collaborative network of lifesaving people is the backbone of the Society, working in their local communities, sharing knowledge and skills.

Highlights from 2016/17

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Aaron's Story

Fitzroy Crossing Remote Pool Manager, Aaron Jacobs has been involved in our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool project for the past 7 years.

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Sandra's Story

Community Trainer and Aquatics Supervisor Sandra Murphy has a passion to ensure all children learn to Swim and Survive