Two men wearing lifejackets and holding paddles are standing beside two yellow kayaks on a riverbank

Respect the River

Saving lives in Australian rivers

Royal Life Saving, with the support of the Australian Government, are educating the public about inland waterway safety through the "Respect the River" program.

Inland waterways include many environments where drowning deaths occur – rivers, lakes, dams, irrigation channels, water tanks and creeks have all been sites of fatal drownings. The many hazards that these have environments contain make them dynamic and unpredictable.


Our objectives

We're here to help everyone enjoy our beautiful lakes and rivers safely.

Our Respect the River programs are a great way to become equipped with the knowledge, skills and judgement needed to keep safe in inland waterways. Our programs include hands on aquatic courses or interactive workshops. These programs cater for all ages and abilities and are great for the individual or can be delivered at your school or sporting group. 


  • "We found the course to be well organised, relevant, inclusive and presented in a way that made it fun. We will recommend the course to others as a valuable resource and believe that it will help us in the future." | Marcus P
  • "It's a fantastic initiative. Our trainer was great and the course was made to be fun and informative." | Kelsey T
  • "The course was awesome! Completing it in the river instead of a pool is something I will definitely be doing again." | Charlotte D


These programs are made possible thanks to support from the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and the Australian Federal Government

school students recreating in a river

Getting River Ready with LJBC

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Mandurah SES Cadets become River Ready

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