Water Safety NSW


Water Safety Fund Comm​​unity Grants 2016/17

The Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services approved the recommendations of an Advisory Panel, to fund the following organisations under the first round of Water Safety Fund Community Grants.

AUSTSWIM LTD: Indigenous AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Training Program –$75,550

The program will offer accredited AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Training to 50 indigenous adults (16 years and over) in Dubbo, Griffith, Redfern and Kempsey, as well as 2000 funded swimming and water safety lessons to indigenous children in the same 4 areas.

Swimming NSW: Indigenous Participation Program $100,000

The program aims to provide swimming lessons to indigenous children (0-14 years of age) and bronze medallion training for high school aged students in 4 locations and swimming lessons for disabled indigenous students and water safety information sessions.

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors: Water Safety for Refugee Australians –$129,976

This program will provide water information sessions, swimming lessons for 400 young people and 96 adults, and water safety information days for 1000 refugee young people and 80 refugee community leaders in multiple venues across Sydney and regional areas.

Surfing NSW: Surfers Rescue 24/7 – Stage 3 –$191,500

A course teaching board rescue techniques and an accredited CPR course to 2000 surfers free of charge in high risk geographical locations. The training will be delivered at primary and secondary schools and through surf schools and board rider clubs. Surfers, who are often at beaches outside patrolled hours, or on unpatrolled beaches, will have received accredited training allowing them to conduct rescues and provide CPR. 25,000 resource brochures will be produced and printed, providing surf safety information to surfers and spectators at surf carnivals and other water based events. 

Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA) Youth Swimming Program – $26,000

The project will provide an 8 day swimming school for 60 Afghan and other newly arrived refugee young people aged 5-14 years during the school holidays.

Royal Life Saving NSW - $585,000

Young children and swimming pools - $125,000

This project proposes a range of measures aimed at improving pool safety for young children, including: promotion of a 'designated child supervisor' to ensure a responsible adult is supervising children in or around a pool at all times, promoting pool fence compliance, portable pool safety information for consumers at the point of sale, promoting Royal's 'make it safe' portable pool campaign, conducting research into the attitudes/ water safety knowledge of parents of children under 5 years and improving data quality on child swimming pool drownings to inform future pool safety campaigns/ programs.

Alcohol & drugs – young men and drowning – $145,000

This project will develop and deliver social media campaigns targeting men aged 25-34 years, with the key elements of each campaign being the risks associated with using alcohol and drugs while engaging in aquatic activity.

Risk taking males – 15-24 years – $120,000

This project will provide a free e-learning and a practical lifesaving framework for the education sector, including a resource guide. A free certification system will also be implemented to recognise student achievement across the lifesaving framework. Resource kits will be provided to secondary schools and induction sessions undertaken to support implementation. Royal Life Saving will target in excess of 50,000 students in 12 months.

Respect the River – Hawkesbury, Murrumbidgee & Macquarie – $195,000

The project will expand the availability of water safety educators throughout the target areas, develop and distribute water safety resources, and integrate water safety knowledge into community and pool based water safety programs, learn to swim programs, and school based water safety programs to boost awareness of common hazards and risks present in inland aquatic environments. Public information and education campaigns, regular community events, information hubs, and a network of key agencies/ organisations will also be established to build collaborative efforts around boating and other recreational river activities. Royal Life Saving will also undertake situation and geographical analysis of the target areas to collect data on hazards and develop risk treatments.

Asian Women at Work Inc: Water safety advocates project for Asian migrant women and their families – $73,700

The project will promote, practice and teach water safety to Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino women and their families in five areas across NSW, through workshops and at community events and gatherings. Community media will also be used to promote water safety messages to the target communities. Women in these communities will be trained as water safety advocates in order to promote water safety throughout their communities.​

KARI: KARI Parents and Bubs Swimming Program – $20,000

This project will deliver swimming/ water familiarisation classes for up to 80 Aboriginal children and infants aged 6 months to 3 years in Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown. The project also aims to build water safety awareness and knowledge of parents.