three aboriginal girls smiling from a swimming pool 

Royal Life Saving WA and our Principal Community Partner BHP have been working together since 2003 to create a healthier future for Western Australians.

Water plays an important role in our way of life and is a catalyst for healthy lifestyles and social inclusion. We believe one of the best ways to improve the lives of Western Australians is by teaching them to Swim and Survive.

Key achievements of our partnership with BHP during 2017/18 include:

Education and Training

  • 199,018 children participated in Swim and Survive programs resulting in 76% improvement in their swimming and water safety skills
  • 23,939 children participated in Infant Aquatics programs

Health and Wellbeing

  • 4,714 Aboriginal children participated in our swimming and water safety programs to improve physical activity and overall health and wellbeing
  • 146,948 conversations with people in the community about the Keep Watch message

Enhancing Livelihoods

  • 7 local Aboriginal community members employed at swimming pools in the north west
  • 46 local Aboriginal community members obtained pre-vocational qualifications
  • 225 Aboriginal participants in vocational training programs state wide

Social Inclusion

  • 2,344 multicultural children throughout Western Australia participated in the Swim and Survive Access and Equity program, resulting in 73% improvement in swimming and water safety skills
  • 42,611 visits to our remote aboriginal community swimming pools

"BHP is proud to have played a small part in Royal Life Saving Society WA's bigger story through delivering vital programs to regional and vulnerable communities, training lifesavers and creating safer aquatic places for all Western Australians."