Welcome to the Royal Life Saving Aquatic Academy
Proudly operated by Royal Life Saving – Australia’s leading water safety educator. We are committed to providing quality learn to swim programs, great service, and state of the art facilities to foster a learning driven environment. With a strong history in water safety, the Royal Life Saving Society has been at the forefront of aquatic education for more than 125 years.
To better service local communities, Royal Life Saving in conjunction with the Department of Education (NSW) invested in key infrastructure to provide aquatic facilities to the local Sydney markets.
Royal Life Saving Australia, the world’s leading swimming and water safety authority is about to open a second purpose built Aquatic Academy in Sydney’s North. The flagship venue, Seven Hills has been operating since 2010 in Western Sydney, on the grounds of Hills Sports High School. From summer 2020, the second facility will open its doors in Eastwood.
The Aquatic Academy provides the communities in and around Sydney with a state-of-the-art facility that offers a range of services including learn to swim, training and vocational education programs:
- Learn to Swim and Survive (6mths to Adults)
- Swimming training and fitness squads
- Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid courses / updates
- Pool lifeguard and vocational industry career pathways (including Aquatic Technical operations)
- Swim Teaching Courses (AUSTSWIM qualifications)
- Disability initiatives through a long-standing relationship with Rainbow Club Australia
OUR POOLS ARE LOCATED:
On the grounds of Hills Sports High School
78 Best Road Seven Hills,
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On the grounds of Denistone East Public School
Lovell Road Eastwood,
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From Our CEO
It is a well known fact that Australians have an affinity with water. Unfortunately, associated with this affinity is a loss of life. In 2011 over 107 people drowned in NSW alone with 12 of these being under the age of 5. The Royal Life Saving Society Australia NSW Branch is responsible for the development of education and training initiatives to address the drowning and near drowning incidents in NSW. To assist in meeting this challenge the NSW Branch has built this Aquatic Safety Training Academy to conduct vital research and to develop drowning prevention initiatives.
It has only been through the support of the Federal and State Government that we are able to now proudly see the vision become a reality. The RLSAA will become the first facility focussed on preventing injury and harm in and around aquatic environments. The RLSAA will provide the communities of Western Sydney with access to training and education in areas such as Pool Lifeguarding, Swimming Instruction, First Aid, Pool Operations and Advanced Life Support. Together our goal is to reduce the state drowning toll by 50% by 2020. We are therefore hopeful that the communities of NSW undertake relevant training and education that this facility has on offer. Remember, everyone can be a lifesaver!
Royal Life Saving has developed in consultation with Government and Industry leaders a series of benchmarks that we believe children should age at key life stages.
Every Australian at the age of 6 years should be able to:
- Identify rules for safe behaviour at aquatic environments at or near the home
- Enter and exit shallow water unassisted
- Float and recover to a standing or secure position
- Move continuously for 5 metres
- Submerge the body and move through an obstacle
- Identify people and actions to help in an aquatic emergency
- Perform a survival sequence to simulate an accidental entry.
Every Australian at the age of 12 years should be able to:
- Understand and respect safety rules for a range of aquatic environments
- Enter and exit the water for a range of environments
- Float, scull or tread water for 2 minutes and signal for help
- Swim continuously for 50 metres
- Surface dive, swim underwater and search to recover an object from deep water
- Respond to an emergency and perform a primary assessment
- Rescue a person using a non-swimming rescue technique with non-rigid aids
- Perform a survival sequence wearing light clothing.
50% of all Australians at the age of 17 years should be able to:
- Understand behaviours that affect personal safety in aquatic environments and activities
- Assist others to exit deep water using bystanders
- Float, scull or tread water for 5 minutes and signal for help
- Swim continuously for 400 metres
- Search in a deep-water environment and recover a person
- Respond to an emergency and provide first aid
- Rescue an unconscious person in deep water
- Perform a survival sequence wearing heavy clothing.
Royal Life Saving will seek to ensure that all Australians have the opportunity to achieve such targets. This is turn will ensure positive aquatic experiences in the future.
The Royal Life Saving Aquatic Academy was established to provide the communities of Western Sydney with a modern aquatic precinct in which to educate all community members on key swimming, water safety and lifesaving agenda. Therefore, our focus is just not on learn to swim benchmarks but on providing key training and development pathways that seek to provide Pool Lifeguards, Swim Teachers and Aquatic Technical Operators for the broader aquatic industry.
Together we are hopeful of not only reducing Australians fatal and non-fatal drowning toll but building skills and networks that provide for community resilience in, on and around our waterways.
Michael Ilinsky – Chief Executive Officer