Royal Life Saving grant to boost water safety

Issued: 22 February 2016

Media release - Minister for Emergency Services

Campaigns targeting inland water safety and pool supervision are receiving funding to reduce drowning accidents in NSW, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.

Mr Grant said Royal Life Saving NSW will receive $585,000 to deliver education programs in high risk areas that will encourage supervision and responsible behaviour around water, develop swimming skills and teach students CPR.

It has been a tragic summer for NSW, with 21 people drowning between Christmas and 8 January," Mr Grant said.

"Water accidents occur in rivers and lakes, in the surf, on boats, and in backyard swimming pools. Where there's water, there's danger. This funding will ensure additional resources reach more people.

"Our lifestyle revolves around water and while we want people to enjoy themselves, particularly when the temperature soars, we must also ensure people are aware of the dangers.

Royal Life Saving NSW is the first recipient of the Water Safety Fund Community Grants program for 2016-17. The four initiatives receiving funding are aimed at:

  • Improving pool safety for young children, including supervision in or around pools at all times and promoting pool fence compliance. 
  • Educating men aged 25-34 years on the risks associated with using alcohol and drugs while engaging in aquatic activity through social media. 
  • Engaging risk taking males aged 15-24 through a digital educational resource and a free lifesaving certification system targeting 225,000 teenagers in regional and remote schools over three years. 
  • Teaching communities along the Hawkesbury, Murrumbidgee & Macquarie Rivers about water safety, common hazards and swimming risks.

Royal Life Saving NSW was established in 1894 to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into community lifesavers.