NATIONAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY HUB

Water Safety Education

 

Royal Life Saving is Australia’s largest provider of water safety education. A wide range of our programs are delivered in schools, pools and community centres daily. They are designed to build awareness of dangers in aquatic environments and to arm students with lifesaving skills used in both prevention and rescue.

Royal Life Saving’s key water safety education programs available for schools are detailed below.

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Water Smart

Water Smart is a water safety education program that can be conducted in school classrooms and playgrounds.

 

Comprehensive curriculum materials including activity sheets are available or primary school students can work towards achieving the Water Smart award.

The two components of the Water Smart program are detailed below

Register your school to gain access to the new Water Smart education resources.

 

Simply click on the 'Sign Up' button above and complete the registration form. Using your login and password that is automatically emailed to you, you will gain access to this restricted schools zone.

Water Smart Educational Toolkit

Water Smart Education Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for schools to use to teach a unit of water safety. Curriculum materials are available for all students from the Foundation year to Year 10. Unit outlines with activity descriptors, teacher notes, activity sheets in PDF and SMART Notebook formats, water safety tips, posters and video clips are available

Water Smart Award

The Water Smart Award is a fantastic initiative to educate young Australians on the principles of water safety knowledge, out of water rescues and an introduction to resuscitation. This practical and easy-to-implement award can be conducted in the classroom or playground at school and is suitable for students from Year 4 to Year 6

Be a Water Smart School today!

Partner Delivery

Schools can also participate in the Swim and Survive program through many of the Swim and Survive Partners across Australia. A Swim and Survive Partner is a preferred, quality delivery agent of the Swim and Survive program that works together with Royal Life Saving in promoting water safe communities.

Your school can be confident that Swim and Survive Partners must be approved by Royal Life Saving to conduct the Swim and Survive program and there are a number of standards that must be complied with before an agreement is accepted. These standards relate to venue safety, teacher qualification standards, program delivery, signage and policy adherence.

School Delivery

Schools may choose to deliver the Swim and Survive program themselves either at their own facility or by hiring pool space and using their own qualified staff. The Swim and Survive Aquapak is a fantastic resource to guide teachers through the program and the lesson plans for each level are most useful. Certificates and logbooks can be purchased to reward students for successful achievement of a level or for recognising effort.

Swim and Survive Partner Program

Swim and Survive is a national swimming and water safety program that has been educating school children since 1982. It is a national swimming and water safety program to teach children essential foundation skills in swimming, water safety, personal survival and basic rescue. Schools may deliver the Swim and Survive program themselves or organise a Swim and Survive Partner to instruct the students.

Swim and Survive Active is the program suitable for school aged children from 5 to 14 years.

 

Swim and Survive is a great program for schools as it provides a progressive curriculum across a number of strands and combines the learning of practical skills with the understanding and application of water safety knowledge. It can be easily implemented as the school’s swimming program and has comprehensive resources to support delivery

Swimming and Lifesaving

Royal Life Saving has a long history of teaching lifesaving in schools. Students can progressively achieve awards usually culminating at the Bronze Medallion. Lifesaving develops knowledge, skills, fitness and judgement in prevention and rescue and achievement of these awards is highly sort after in many leadership activities and workplaces. 

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:

Royal Life Saving has a long history of teaching lifesaving in schools. Students can progressively achieve awards usually culminating at the Bronze Medallion. Lifesaving develops knowledge, skills, fitness and judgement in prevention and rescue and achievement of these awards is highly sort after in many leadership activities and workplaces. 

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:

Teacher of Lifesaving

The Brand New Teacher of Lifesaving e-learning modules are designed to support swimming and water safety teachers delivering lifesaving skills.

Module include:

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.

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.

Become a Swim and Survive Partner today