All Governments across Australia: Compulsory swimming lessons for all primary school students
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All Governments across Australia

All Governments across Australia: Compulsory swimming lessons for all primary school students

    1. Petition by

      Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

Royal Life Saving’s earlier estimates that 1 in 5 kids are unable to swim 50 metres may be overly optimistic and it is now believed that more than 1 in 5 may not be able to swim at all. Today, an estimated 600,000 young adults are at risk; tomorrow and in the next decade we fear this figure will double.

Royal Life Saving believes that the rapid increase in drowning in young adults aged 15-24 years is undeniably linked to a fall in the swimming and water safety skills of children in Australia over the past 10 years.

Royal Life Saving is calling for; support for parents struggling with the financial burden of lessons; and funds for urgently needed programs to target rural, Indigenous and multicultural communities.

Royal Life Saving believes that parents, community organisations and the swim school industry should all commit to making swimming and water safety compulsory for all children living in Australia and has launched a National petition to raise the issue with Governments across the country.

Please sign the petition to pledge your commitment to ‘No child should miss out on learning to Swim and Survive’; compulsory swimming and water safety lessons in Australian primary schools, that federal, state and local governments should work together with parents, community groups and industry to ensure Australia continues to be a nation of swimmers.

Recent signatures


    1. 15,000 signatures of support and counting!

      Thank you for pledging your support for compulsory swimming lessons in Australian primary schools. To date, we have received 15,000 signatures and over 4,800 messages of support from the Australian community and abroad. We now have just 5,000 signatures to go to reach our target. Please share the link with your family, friends and work colleagues to help us make swimming and water safety education the right of all Australian children.

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures



    Oct 25, 2012

    Let's make it happen! “@UncleTobys: Help get swim lessons 2 b compulsory in schools. Sign @RoyalLifeSaving's petition:”

    Matt Cowdrey


    Oct 29, 2012

    It's so important to learn how to swim. Sign Royal Life Savings petition & make lessons compulsory in schools!

    James Roberts


    Oct 29, 2012

    Help make swimming lessons compulsory in schools. Sign Royal Life Saving Society - Australia's petition:

    Eamon Sullivan

    Reasons for signing

    • Russell Gildon AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      As a Swim and Survive Instructor and Lifeguard I see a lot of kids who are unable to get themselves out of trouble if they venture out of their comfort zone in the water. This is so very important that all kids be given the opportunity to gain a valuable life skill that one day could very well save their life.

    • Dawson Fisher AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I was taught in primary and secondary every week and helped others as well as myself to survive money is nothing to a life. Make sure you politicians change this because it will haunt you every time you hear and see of a drowning of a child and an adult who didn't know how to swim.

    • Jacquie Flann AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      All kids need to know how to swim to save their lives.

    • Caroline Holmes AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      I work for a child safety charity so fully support this venture!

    • Kate Bradley-Croft BINNAWAY, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      we have limited access to swimming programs and many kids are missing out altogether as parents won't pay.


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