Teaching children a skill for life

Why Swim and Survive


Swim and Survive Pathways

Swim and Survive provides a pathway for ongoing learning and development through each of the key life stages and is designed to keep children engaged, actively learning and most importantly, having fun. The Wonder (6-36 months), Courage (3-5 years) and Active (5-14 years) programs reflect the hopes and aspirations of children as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water.

Each program is structured into skill strands that ensure a balanced, comprehensive instructional approach to a child’s aquatic education.

Swim and Survive is a swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increases the water safety skills of Australian children to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity


Swim and Survive is a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

Since its inception over thirty years ago, over 15 million Australian children have participated in the Swim and Survive program.

Swim and Survive has made a significant contribution in many families lives by reducing the rate of drowning in children aged 5-14 years by over 75%.


Learn to swim, swimming lessons and infant aquatics are all terms commonly used across the aquatic industry for programs that seek to build swimming skills. Swim and Survive is all of these, but most importantly it ensures that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to a process of developing strong and effective swimming technique.

No one should miss out on learning how to swim.

Swim and Survive Partner Program

A Swim and Survive Partner is a preferred, quality deliverer of the Swim and Survive program that works together with Royal Life Saving to deliver key water safety messages. By becoming a Swim and Survive Partner, your organisation is promoted by Royal Life Saving as a preferred, quality deliverer of the Swim and Survive program. This includes the following:

Best Practice Research

Swim and Survive is a well-researched program that is reviewed regularly and uses methods of best practice for the provision of water safety education

Extensive Resource Library

Swim and Survive is supported by a range of comprehensive resources to assist with the promotion and delivery of the program. Resources include brochures, logbooks, certificates, signage, instructor guides, posters and water safety activities.

National Support Network

Royal Life Saving's network provides local and personal support to assist with the implementation of Swim and Survive including marketing and promotion ideas, supplementary teaching resources and personal development opportunities.

Aligned to National Framework

Swim and Survive has been mapped and aligned to the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework and the Education Curriculum's around the country.

Extend your offerings

As a Swim and Survive partner you have the opportunity to expand your product offerings with other Royal Lifesaving programs. These include Swimming and Lifesaving Sport, Junior Lifeguard Club, Bronze Medallion and GSPO Access.

Brand Association

The Royal Life Saving and Swim and Survive brand signifies trust, quality and long-term commitment to swimming, water safety and lifesaving

Online Learning

Access the industries largest and most comprehensive online learning library. With over 1000 learning modules available, your staff will be supported all the way. Our modules include such topics as Communication, Teamwork, Leadership, Safety and many more.

Marketing Support

Royal Life Saving conducts national marketing campaigns and promotions to support the Swim and Survive program and promote the importance of water safety education. Activities include special events, media releases and feature news articles.

Swim and Survive Fund

With over $300,000 on offer each year, Swim and Survive Partners have exclusive access to additional funds to help support programs for those at risk of missing out

How to become a Swim and Survive Partner

Gaining and maintaining Swim and Survive Partner status requires your facility to operate to standards of best practice as set out in the Partner Agreement.

There are five partnership standards which relate to:

  • Venue safety

  • Teaching qualification standards

  • Swim and Survive program delivery

  • Signage

  • Policy adherence


Partner facilities are assessed against these standards annually by Royal Life Saving to ensure a quality service to their customers.

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Partner facilities are also required to complete a Venue Safety Self-Audit to ensure the safe provision of the Swim and Survive program.

The key elements of the safety audit include:

  • Administration

  • Emergency procedures

  • Program delivery

  • Staffing

  • Facilities and equipment


Royal Life Saving may have additional requirements such as membership or examiner registration in some locations.

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