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Swimming and Lifesaving in Schools

Royal Life Saving is Australia’s largest provider of water safety education. Every day, our programs are delivered in schools, pools and community centres by qualified Royal Life Saving instructors and examiners.


Our education programs are designed to build awareness of dangers in a range of aquatic environments and to arm students with valuable water safety and lifesaving skills used in both prevention and rescue.

Royal Life Saving has a diverse range of programs available to secondary school students which can be easily incorporated into your school curriculum.

Skills and knowledge learnt through our award strands can lead to workplace and vocational pathways for a career in the aquatics industry.

Royal Life Saving can provide training and assessment at your school by our team of qualified instructors or examiners.

Many school teachers have the appropriate skills and knowledge to deliver a range of Royal Life Saving courses. School teachers are encouraged to become instructors or examiners and gain supplementary skills in teaching lifesaving programs.

Royal Life Saving programs are supported by quality teaching and learning resources to assist with the implementation and delivery of lifesaving at your school.


The Bronze E-Lifesaving is an interactive e-learning program that challenges and engages you on issues such as risk taking behaviour, peer influence and alcohol consumption when recreating in, on and around water.

Utilising aquatic themes, students explore personal attitudes, beliefs and personal relationships and will develop skills in making informed decisions, refusal tactics and leadership. Bronze e-Lifesaving teaches students survival skills, rescue techniques and basic emergency and first aid care for managing situations where their own or others’ wellbeing and safety may be at risk.

The program can be easily implemented in the classroom and has strong links to learning outcomes in the new Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

Lifesaving - achieve your Bronze Medallion

Lifesaving is at the core of Royal Life Saving’s history and as one of Australia’s key water safety educators; millions of school children have completed lifesaving awards or water safety education programs. In fact during the pre- and post-Second World War era, the Bronze Medallion became included in many secondary school physical education programs.

The lifesaving award scheme has several strands, each with a sequential flow, with awards that can be gained progressively as they move through the school years. The lifesaving awards focus on teaching an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skills and fitness.

Lifesaving skills learnt and developed through the program are highly regarded in the community and may even lead to or enhance the chances of starting a career.

There are six main awards within the Rescue and Bronze strands that build on the skills and knowledge learnt in the Swim and Survive program:

  • Dry Rescue

  • Wade Rescue

  • Accompanied Rescue

  • Bronze Star

  • Bronze Medallion

  • Bronze Cross  

Dry Rescue
Wade Rescue
Accompanied Rescue
Bronze Star
Bronze Medallion
Bronze Cross

Find out how to deliver Bronze Programs in your School

Swimming and Lifesaving Sport in Schools

Pool Lifesaving as a Sport. A series of physical activities that generate enjoyment, passion and emotion. It is a connection to something more important than yourself– not just a sport but a life skill. It’s about friendships, comradery and belonging. It’s about the community. It’s a laneway to set and achieve goals both individually and as a team.

Take your Swimming School Carnival to a whole new level of enjoyment and participation for all.

We have developed an extensive range of games, activities and supporting resources to help schools run the perfect participation event. Not only will the children be active, but laugh, be engaged and will learn skills that may save a life.

Become a Teacher of Lifesaving

A Teacher of Lifesaving may be a School Teacher, or alternatively, possess one of the following qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

  • AUSTSWIM Certificate

They must also hold a current Resuscitation Award or Higher (e.g. HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)  and current Working with Children Check.

An approved Royal Life Saving Bronze Teacher is able to instruct and assess the components of the Royal Life Saving Bronze award strands, as well as Rescue strands.


These strands teach land-based and water-based rescue techniques, including contact rescues for unconscious casualties and Resuscitation techniques in accordnace with the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework

Teacher of Lifesaving modules:

  • How to Teach Lifesaving

  • Teaching Survival Skills

  • Teaching Rescue Skills

  • Teaching Basic Resuscitation

Register your Interest in becoming a Teacher of Lifesaving

Royal Life Saving

Suite 6, Level 4

173-179 Broadway

Broadway NSW 2007

PO Box 558

Broadway NSW 2007

Tel: (02) 8217 3100

Fax: (02) 8217 3199

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