Aqua Skills 55+

Three men and three women standing in pool

In many emergency situations, a friend, family member or neighbour will be the first person on the scene. If this, was you, could you provide lifesaving assistance until emergency help arrives? Having the skills and confidence to respond in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death. Like with any skill, resuscitation skills can be forgotten if not practised regularly so update your CPR skills by completing a refresher course every 12 months. 

Royal Life Saving WA runs Aqua Skills 55+, a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for people aged over 55 years. The course is structured as four-day refresher (run one day a week for four weeks). It is suitable for people of all skill levels, so whether you fear the water, are an everyday swimmer or only dip your toe in occasionally - this is for you!

This practical program will provide you with the skills to deal with emergency situations, personal survival techniques and a thorough understanding of water safety knowledge to reduce the likelihood of drowning. It's a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and have fun!

The program is run at various locations across Perth and is currently FREE for individuals over 55 years. Upcoming sessions are listed below (click/tap to expand). Please complete the form below for information on how to register.


Swan Active Ballajura - 4-week course


Thursday 6th June 2024, 12:30-2:30pm (resuscitation session)
Thursday 13th June 2024, 12:30-2:30pm (pool session)
Thursday 20th June 2024, 12:30-2:30pm (pool session)
Thursday 27th June 2024, 12:30-2:30pm (pool session)

For information on how to register please fill in this form.

Please choose from the list of venues above



Aqua Skills participants

Aqua Skills makes a splash in the South West

The Aqua Skills 55+ program has expanded to the South West, with older Australians jumping at the chance to connect with others and improve their water safety knowledge.

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Elderly woman in pool swimming towards camera


Growing up in the UK, I never really learnt to swim or knew much about water safety. AquaSkills 55+ has given me a great amount of confidence. I’ve learnt how to jump into the water, which was my biggest fear. I thought it was a good idea to be aware of the water and safety, it’s never too late to try.”

- AquaSkills 55+ Female Participant

(aged 66)

Middle aged man in swim cap and goggles at edge of pool


“I have spent my whole life swimming since I was tiny, and it is something I feel quite confident doing. I thought I knew most things, but I’ve found out I didn’t know them at all – CPR, how to use a defibrillator, how to get someone out of the bottom of the pool. AquaSkills 55+ has been really informative and I’d love to do it again.”


- AquaSkills 55+ Male Participant

(aged 72)