Welcome - Water Safety and Survival
SA Water VACSWIM SA is a South Australian Government supported
initiative which provides primary school aged
children with opportunities to develop a range of skills
and positive experiences in the areas of water safety, confidence
and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic
aquatic emergency procedures.
Click the images below to see our VACSWIM mascot 'Buddy'
brought to life in a series of short adverts!
Funded by the Government of South Australia and sponsored by SA
Water, the majority of 2019 programs take place from Wednesday, 2
to Thursday, 10 January 2019. All programs taking place on
beaches are managed and delivered by the Surf Life Saving
Association. The programs taking place in pools are managed and
delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society or the YMCA and, in some
cases, a private operator. All programs meet the National
Water Safety Education Competency Framework and are conducted by
To find out more about each program, use the link on the right
hand side of this page.
So, enjoy peace of mind while your children enjoy the water by
enrolling your children in SA Water VACSWIM 2019 from 1st September
To match your child's age with an appropriate
level use the table below. However, guardians should check the
competencies performed in each level to ensure their child will be
in the correct level. If you are not sure, please contact the
program provider directly.
* Royal Life Saving SA and Surf Life Saving SA sites
will still operate higher awards, however these do not attract
funding through the VACSWIM funding model. In order to enrol for
higher awards, please contact Royal Life Saving SA (pools) or Surf
Life Saving SA (beaches) directly.