Fact Sheets

Royal Life Saving has developed a number of fact sheets on topics including water safety in the home, how to stay safe around waterways, keeping yourself and others safe and learning to swim. 

Each fact sheet is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions, a checklist to help prevent drowning in the topic area and real life examples of the issues discussed. They are valuable resources for community health workers, participants of aquatic activities and parents and carers of children under five years of age.

Water safety in the home

The home environment accounts for approximately 25% of drownings, with half of these in home pools. Learn how to reduce the risk with these useful approaches.

  • Bath Time Safety - Drowning deaths of young children at bath time can be prevented by supervision and water safety.
  • Child safe play areas - What is a child safe play area and how can you create one?
  • Children's Pool Party Safety - While fun, children’s pool parties have their risks. However there are many tips for improving safety.
  • Home pool safety - Keeping your pool a fun but safe environment is essential. Learn how!
  • Home water safety - There are many strategies to reduce a child’s risk of drowning in the home environment.
  • Pool safety devices - Pool safety devices can help add another layer of protection to your home pool. Keep reading to learn more.
  • Pool Toys Safety - Pool toys should always be used under supervision and packed away after use. Come to know what to look for when purchasing them.
  • Restrict Access - There should always be a barrier between your child and a body of water and there are a number of ways to achieve this.

Keeping safe around water

Our Australian way of life is built upon an enjoyment of our waterways. However, they all have their risks. Find out how to keep safe with our guides.

  • Alcohol and water safety - Alcohol and aquatic activities should not mix. Find out what alcohol can do to the body while engaging with water.
  • Beach safety - Australian beaches may be beautiful, but they can also be unpredictable. There are many ways to help you enjoy the beach safely.
  • Farm water safety - Dams pose a significant risk for children and adults alike. Keeping Watch of young children on farms is one way to improve safety.
  • Inland waterways - Each year rivers, lakes, damns and creeks are sites of drownings. Always take precautions when using these waterways.
  • Public Pool Safety - Lifeguards are not babysitters. Parents should practice active supervision when at public pools with their children.
  • Rock fishing - Rock fishing can be dangerous. However there are many ways to keep yourself and others safe at these locations.
  • Water safety on holidays - Holidays often occur around unfamiliar aquatic locations. It is necessary to always be aware of the safety aspects applicable to these environments.
  • Watercraft safety - There are many ways to keep safe when interacting with different types of watercraft.

Looking after yourself and others

There are many ways to ensure you and your family and friends are safe when around water. Here are some tips to ensure your well-being 

  • Life jackets - Life jackets can increase the likelihood of survival during aquatic incidents. However, it is often difficult to know how to choose the best one.
  • Shallow water blackout - Shallow Water Blackout refers to a loss of consciousness under water following breath-holding.
  • Supervise - Constant visual contact is essential when children are in the water and there are many ways to achieve effective supervision.

Learn to Swim

Learning to swim is a life skill. Royal Life Saving Society WA has developed water familiarisation and swim programs for your child delivered across the state.

  • Swim and Survive - Increasing swimming and water safety skills of Australian children is a key drowning prevention method.
  • Water awareness - Familiarising children with water can begin in infancy and there are many ways to achieve this.

Everyone can be a lifesaver

There are number of courses run by Royal Life Saving WA that can equip you with the necessary skills to be a lifesaver. Read more below!

  • Bronze Rescue - The Bronze Rescue is a lifesaving skills program which aims to build knowledge and skills in rescue, personal survival and emergency care.
  • Bronze Medallion - The Bronze medallion is an essential qualification for aspiring lifesavers and can broaden career opportunities in the aquatics industry.
  • Grey medallion - The Royal Life Saving Grey Medallion is a water safety and lifesaving skills program for older Australians. 
  • Rescue safety - There are a number of strategies you can use to perform a safe rescue while keeping yourself out of danger.
  • Resuscitate - Resuscitation involves stimulating the heart and breathing air into the lungs to preserve or restore life. You can enroll in a course to learn today! 


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