Below are some of our recent news stories from across the Pilbara region:


Two children in the pool practising rescue skills

Junior Lifeguard program makes a big splash

Dozens of Indigenous students are learning vital swimming and rescue skills through the ever-expanding Community Rescue Club.

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students practise bandaging each other's heads

Hedland junior lifeguards learn first aid

Students from Baler Primary School in South Hedland had the opportunity to wrap their heads around some first aid techniques…quite literally!

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Cassia students in the pool with their instructors

Cassia students boost water skills ahead of summer

Children from the Cassia Education Support Centre in Port Hedland have been able to learn vital swimming and water safety skills with assistance from Royal Life Saving WA's Pilbara team.

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Newman SHS staff practising CPR on a manikin

Aquatic training boost for Newman Senior High School

Royal Life Saving’s National President Cameron Eglington recently visited Newman to deliver an Aquatic Trainer course to staff from Newman Senior High School.

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Hedland lifeguards attending requal course at South Hedland Aquatic Centre

Hedland lifeguards rise to the challenge

A group of Hedland lifeguards were recently put to the challenge during their pool lifeguard requalification course.

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Five girls from Hedland SHS in a pool wearing goggles

Hedland Follow the Dream students take the plunge

Five female students from the Hedland SHS Follow the Dream program have been taking the plunge weekly to progress towards achieving their Bronze Medallion.

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RLSSWA staff presenting certificates of thanks to Shire of Ashburton's John Beard and Andrew Price

Aquatic staff recognised for their contribution

Shire of Ashburton's Pool Duty Manager John Beard and Swimming Pool Coordinator Andrew Price were recently presented with Certificates of Thanks from Royal Life Saving WA staff.

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RLSSWA Pilbara staff at the BHP Family Fun Day

Spreading the word at BHP Family Fun Day

Our Pilbara team had a great time at the BHP Family Fun Day in Port Hedland, engaging with the local community using fun and games to raise awareness about water safety.

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Children and police sitting along the edge of the pool wearing lifejackets

Sunday Fun Day for Hedland families

Royal Life Saving WA was pleased to be involved in the Town of Port Hedland's Aquatic Sunday Fun Day!

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Talent Pool trainers with JLC participants by the pool

Junior Lifeguard Club expands to teach more kids

Royal Life Saving WA and the Polly Farmer Foundation are pleased to see the expansion of their successful collaboration in Port Hedland.

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Trainer Steve O'Meara teaching Newman Senior High School students

Newman students learn vital first aid skills

Royal Life Saving WA recently completed a first aid course with students at Newman Senior High School.

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Four trainees sitting on the edge of the pool with lifejackets on

Hedland women begin Swim Teacher journey

With swim instructors in short supply across Western Australia, Royal Life Saving WA recently hosted its new Swim Teacher course in Port Hedland for the first time.

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Bronze Medallion participants

Pilbara youth take on Bronze challenge

In April 2021, 11 determined young people from Port Hedland completed their Bronze Medallion at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre.

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Swimming instructor Gayle Cruden with two students

Gayle makes an impact in regional towns

Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Gayle Cruden recently travelled to a number of regional WA towns, sharing her swimming & water safety skills.

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Danjoo Koorliny leadership team with PAV Co-Chairs

Historic meeting of Aboriginal leaders in the Pilbara

Royal Life Saving WA partnered with Pilbara Aboriginal Voice to sponsor a visit from the Danjoo Koorliny leadership team for a meeting of Elders at a four-day event in the Pilbara.

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group of children after a swim holding fresh fruit

Fun with fruit and friends in South Hedland

The Go For 2&5 Swim for Fruit program being held at South Hedland Aquatic Centre continues to be a hit with the local children of Port and South Hedland.

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A swim instructor in the pool with a student going through a hoop

Summer swimming skills for Hedland kids

For the second year in a row, Royal Life Saving WA has provided swim instructors to assist in the delivery of the Department of Education’s in-term swimming program in Port Hedland.

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multicultural men in a pool after a swimming lesson

CaLD adults gain confidence in the water

A 10-week Swim and Survive program for multicultural adults is providing vital swimming and water safety skills to Hedland's CaLD community.

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Pilbara youth sitting as a group on Mount Bruce

Pilbara youth reach new heights

A group of young people from WA’s Pilbara region recently had the opportunity to climb the mountains and gorges of the majestic Karajini National Park.

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group of young Hedland locals

Hedland awash with new lifeguards

16 young Hedland locals recently spent four months training in Hedland to earn themselves a raft of qualifications to kickstart their careers in the aquatic industry!

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spinal rescue tow demonstration

Pool lifeguard recruits prove themselves

The first weekend of December saw 21 pool-lifeguards-in-training descend on South Hedland Aquatic Centre to undertake their training and assessment!

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UFC Heavyweight champion Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei

Champion inspires Port Hedland youth

Port Hedland youth received a special visit from a martial arts champion Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei!

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port hedland bravery award recipients

Locals recognised for Pretty Pool rescue

Four Hedland residents were recently awarded Royal Life Saving Bravery awards in recognition of the courage and quick thinking they displayed during a dramatic rescue.

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Children and volunteers gathered for the Spirit Swimming and Lifesaving Carnival

Spirit Carnival 2020

More than 180 children from 12 different Pilbara schools gathered together at the 6th Annual Pilbara Spirit Swimming and Lifesaving Carnival.

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