About Us

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia is an Incorporated Association, a Public Benevolent Institution and is a Deductible Gift Recipient.

We work to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills.

There is no one reason Australians drown, so there is no one simple solution. For that reason, our approach needs to reflect the complexity of the range of issues that result in drowning deaths.

To make sure we reach all Australians, whoever they are and wherever they live, we tackle these goals using an all encompassing approach, designed to meet our stakeholders’ diverse needs, beliefs and values.

Royal Life Saving is driven by:

  • Innovative, reliable, evidence-based health promotion and advocacy;
  • Strong and effective partnerships;
  • Quality programs, products and services;
  • Continuing as a committed national organisation.

For over 110 years, Royal Life Saving has worked to harness the strengths of the communities we work with to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into everyday community lifesavers. As a dynamic, not-for-profit organisation, our tangible areas of activity include:

  • Advocacy and awareness-raising
  • Education
  • Training
  • Health Promotion
  • Aquatic Risk Management
  • Community Development
  • Research
  • Lifesaving Sport
  • Leadership and Participation
  • International partnerships.

Lifesavers are everywhere in the community. They can be teachers, students, mums, dads, firemen, plumbers or accountants. They patrol the houses, streets, workplaces and parks of the communities in which they live. They don’t always wear a uniform but they can and do save lives.

Royal Life Saving is active across South Australia. Our members, volunteers, trainers, employees and lifesavers are found in almost all communities. Our approach is inclusive and some of our biggest achievements occur away from large capital cities.

See Our Programs


The VACSWIM program is a South Australian government funded program for primary school age children aged 5 – 13 years, providing the fundamentals of water safety, survival skills & basic stroke skills.  This year, the Royal Life Saving Society SA will deliver their Swim & Survive program at the following locations. Click here for a list of locations.


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HOLIDAY SWIM (Swim and Survive)

Swim and Survive levels are determined by age and skill. Children can commence the program from 6 months of age, and will be assessed on a number of skills. The program will be available at a number of locations throughout South Australia. For more information on Holiday Swim http://www.royallifesavingsa.com.au/swimandsurvive/


Royal Life Saving SA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Registration Number 0996) specialising in First Aid and Pool Lifeguard Training.  We provide a range of services including the SA Water VACSWIM Program, Statewide Vacation Swimming Programs, Lifeguard Labour Hire Services, Inland Waterway Patrol Services, Commercial Pool Audits and Home Pool Inspections. Click here to enrol in one of our courses


Play by the Rules was first developed by the South Australian Department for Sport and Recreation in 2001 as an interactive education and information website (www.playbytherules.net.au) on discrimination, harassment and child protection in sport. Over the years, as more agencies have seen the need to promote Play by the Rules, they have joined as partners and helped by contributing funds, content and in-kind support.

Play by the Rules is governed by a national Management Committee, made up of partners from the sport and recreation and human rights agencies. Making sport inclusive, safe and fair.


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