Welcome - Water Safety and Survival
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
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, 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 qualified instructors.
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 VACSWIM 2019 from 3rd 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.