Port Hedland

Town of Port Hedland logoPort Hedland is located approximately 1,650 km north of Perth and is the second largest town in the Pilbara region.

Together with its satellite town of South Hedland, the twin settlements have a population of around 16,000 people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Original inhabitants of the area are the Kariyarra people, who call it Marapikurrinya which describes the hand-shaped formation of the tidal creeks stemming from the harbour.

Port Hedland was named after mariner Captain Peter Hedland, who first noted the possibility of using the natural harbour as a port. It is now the largest bulk export port in the world, with exports including iron ore, lithium and salt.


Hedland Calendar of Aquatic Events

Jul-Dec 2023

SEPTEMBER (SHAC closed, activities at Gratwick)

  • Pool Lifeguard course
  • Swim Teacher course
  • Welcome to Hedland festival

OCTOBER (SHAC closed, activities at Gratwick)

  • Water Awareness Infant Aquatics sessions
  • Swim for Fruit Term 4
  • Bronze Medallion course
  • Polly Farmer collaboration - Community Rescue Club


  • Term 4 swimming lessons
  • November 9th - Pilbara Spirit & Lifesaving Carnival
  • Community Rescue Club (Gratwick)
  • Swim for Fruit Saturdays


  • Swim for Fruit Saturdays
  • Sunday 'Paddle on Pool'
  • Swimming lessons continue
  • Community Christmas BBQ Pool Party with lifesaving activities

Jan-Jun 2024


  • VacSwim
  • Bronze Medallion course
  • Paddle on-Country (Marble Bar)
  • School Holiday program


  • Bronze Medallion course
  • Swim for Fruit Term 1
  • Community Rescue Club


  • Swimming Lessons Term 1
  • Pool Lifeguard course
  • Community Rescue Club


  • Paddle on-Country
  • School holiday program

Swim and Survive updated logoSouth Hedland Aquatic Centre

Leake Street, South Hedland WA 6722

South Hedland Aquatic Centre is a Royal Life Saving WA Endorsed Swim School, offering the best in aquatic education. Programs offered include Swim and Survive, Infant Aquatics and Bronze Rescue.

Learn more at the link below.

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Gratwick Aquatic Centre

McGregor Street, Port Hedland WA 6721

Five female students from Hedland SHS at a bronze medallion training session


BHP principle community partner logo

Principal Community Partner BHP has been supporting Royal Life Saving WA programs in several regional and remote communities across WA since 2003.

These programs aim to ensure that all Western Australians have the awareness, skills and knowledge required to participate in a range of aquatic activities.

Learn more about this successful partnership at the link below.

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