Australia wide children attend Swim and Survive lessons through schools, commercial swim schools and government departments. The program alighns itself with the Natonal Water Safety Framework and School Curriculum ensuring that competencies are matched with a child's development.
Swim and Survive allows for flexible delivery and can be delivered as a weekly term program or as an intensive holiday program.
What is Swim and Survive? -
More than swimming lessons, it's an adventure!
Swim and Survive provides a broad, balanced program of swimming, water safety and survival skills in preparation for a lifetime of safe activity in, on or near the water.Swim and Survive develops:
Swim and Survive caters for children of all abilities. The early levels provide opportunities to build confidence and respect for the water, whilst the upper levels prepare the child for the increased complexity of their relationship with aquatic environments.
Bright and colourful certificates reward children for the many developmental steps that they will take in learning to Swim and Survive.
Remember that a quality swimming and water safety program should extend throughout the child's schooling.
To find out where your local Swim and Survive program is conducted, contact Royal Life Saving Society Queensland on phone: 3823 2823
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Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations
Keep Watch aims to prevent drowning deaths of children under five years of age in all aquatic locations. For nearly 20 years Keep Watch has been educating Australian parents and carers on how to keep their children safe when in, on or around the water.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children 0-4 years of age. Between 2002 and 2015, 403 children under the age of five drowned in Australian waterways. 78% of these deaths were the result of falls into water and over half occurred in home swimming pools.
The Keep Watch program has four key drowning prevention Actions. These should not be used individually but together to maximise child safety - if one line of defence fails, the other prevention measures will be actively working to prevent your child from drowning.
THE FOUR KEY ACTIONS ARE:
1. Supervise (click for more information)
2. Restrict Access (click for more information)
3. Water Awareness (click for more information)
4. Resuscitate (click for more information)
Keep Watch has widespread community and industry support. Keep Watch is proudly supported by Protector Aluminium.
To date Royal Life Saving has developed three programs targeted at locations with specific aquatic hazards:
Click here to download a print friendly version of the Keep Watch Information Brochure
If you are a community health worker or are interested in educating others on the Keep Watch program please click here to download a print friendly version of the Keep Watch Information Manual
The Grey Medallion program is a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults. It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely.
Why you should get involved
This practical program provides older adults with personal survival techniques, improved swimming skills, skills to deal with emergency situations and a thorough understanding of water safety knowledge in order to reduce the likelihood of drowning.
Unfortunately, older Australians (those aged 55 and over) make up a large proportion of the drowning statistics in Australia and as the population is ageing this continues to increase. According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report for 2015, there were 89 drowning deaths of people aged 55 years and over which accounted for 33% of all drowning deaths. Open water environments particularly rivers, creeks and streams are a concern to this life stage and with the diversity of activities they are participating in, drowning prevention becomes a challenge.
The Grey Medallion program has four main components:
An Industry Perspective
I heard about the Grey Medallion on the radio and I would like to make more enquiries about it. I've just had my 60th birthday and have never forgotten the thrill of receiving my Bronze Medallion at school in 1964! It's still hanging on my wall, as part of a quilt about my life! Bronwyn Scherer, Camden NSW
I just wanted to thank RLSSA for the Grey Medallion training that you gave us. I was able to put that training to good use last Friday at Auburn shopping centre. As I walked in there was a woman who appeared to be having a fit. I was able to assist by helping to get her on the floor and into the recovery position just as we were taught. Someone called Triple Zero and someone ran across the courtyard to the Ambulance Station to get a Paramedic. I felt good as I knew what needed to be done and did not just stand in the crowd and feel useless! Many Thanks. E.B. NSW