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We are Calling for Nominations for Society Honours

We are now calling for nominations for society honours. Any person can nominate any other person for a society honour. Please review the awards sequence, and honours handbook prior completing a nomination.

  • Awards Sequence
  • Awards Handbook for Australian Honours
  • Awards Handbook for Commonwealth Honours
  • Nomination Forms

    Please complete a nomination and attach a citation with each nomination.

  • Nomination Form - Australian Honours
  • Nomination Form - Commonwealth Honours
  • Nomination Form - Commonwealth Bravery Decorations
  • Nomination Form - Commonwealth Service Honours

  • Please ensure all nominations are submitted to the Queensland Office by Sunday 15 March 2020.

    New Award - Queensland State President's Award

    The President is calling for Nominations for the Queensland State President's Award which is a new award.


    • To recognise exceptional contributions or service by clubs, partner organisation, schools, companies, councils, etc.
    • For continuing and sustained significant contributions or service to the activities or operations of the Society.
    • Not available to individuals.


    • Details of the contribution or service made to the Society must be provided on a suitable nomination form (bullet points are acceptable).
    • This honour may be awarded more than once to organisations that maintain the required level of contribution or service to the Society.
    Please download the Nomination Form and Criteria.

    Please ensure all nominations are submitted to the Queensland Office by Sunday 15 March 2020.

    Position Statement: Pool Operator Training

    Royal Life Saving has released a Position Statement in respect to the qualifications required when operating a commercial aquatic facility. This statement is a result of the release of Queensland Health’s water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities (dated December 2019). The purpose of the guideline is to reduce risk to public health and the focus is on water quality associated risks .

    Our Position

    In accordance with Queensland Health’s water quality guidelines (P42) for public aquatic facilities our position is that all staff who operate aquatic facilities undergo appropriate training for the risk level of the facility.

    The minimum standard for aquatic facilities is for staff to undertake a short course in Pool Plant Operations which includes the following units of competence:
    (click here for more information)

    Please Contact Us for more information.

    New Trainers Arrangements

    Following the recent ASQA Direction, we are changing how trainers operate with us. Download the Trainers Information Brochure here.

    All trainers will need to sign a new Trainers Agreement and attend a workshop. Trainers, please check your email for more information.

    We are holding the final trainers workshop on the following date to assist explain changes to trainers: Please register for this workshop by booking in using this link and using the course code above. Please note that the workshop has a fee of $50.00 per person and include two (2) PD point for annual professional development with us. We have live Skype access (search for RLSSQ Training Skype contact) to this workshop for those in North Queensland and rural/remote trainers.

    Cert III and Cert IV in Swimming Pool & Spa Service

    Royal Life Saving is offering the following courses: Download a Course Brochure here which includes more details and information about the course.

    Course Dates: Monday 20 April 2020 to Friday 1 May 2020.
    Please express interest and we will discuss dates with you.

    Course Venue: The Plantation, 1204 New Cleveland Road, Gumdale QLD

    Course Cost: $3,200.00 (including GST)

    Download the course enrolment form here.

    The course is subject to minimum number which will be confirmed one week before course commencement.

    Is your Home Swimming Pool Safe?

    Download our free Home Pool Safety Checklist and check if your swimming pool is safe. You can order supplies from the Life Saving Shop or book into a CPR course here.

    Contact us for more information.

    Are you SwimReady for Summer?

    Australians aged 45 years and over are being encouraged to consult their doctor before enjoying the health benefits of swimming to prevent drowning deaths involving people with pre-existing conditions.

    All medication has possible side effects that can have an impact on exercise. This can put people at higher risk of drowning when participating in aquatic activities. For example, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, headaches, confusion, blurred vision and muscle pain, can all affect a person’s capacity to stay safe in water.

    Drowning data from 2008/09 to 2017/18 suggests that, for unintentional fatal drownings in older people, an estimated 36% were taking some form of medication or drug. Of these, 65% of drownings involved multiple drugs.


    Following a recent incident at a facility in Western Australia, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia has updated its Recommendations for Safe Use of Medical Oxygen Cylinders.

    The incident in Western Australia saw two people injured in a lifeguard training session, when one lifeguard lost control of the cylinder during the cracking process. Consequently the cylinder shot through the air injuring two people. Royal Life Saving advises "the dangers involved in the process of cracking a cylinder, such as those outlined above, have resulted in the decision to remove the instruction to crack a cylinder prior to attaching a regulator.”

    While it as been common place to crack cylinders for reasons of hygiene, changes to packaging that has been implemented over a period of time, has also nullified the importance of this method. The following advice should extend to Training Sessions and Aquatic Centre procedures involving the setup and use of Medical Grade Oxygen: View our Position Statement here

    Download the Safety Alert here

    Royal Life Saving training materials will be updated in due course.

    National Drowning Report

    Click here to download the 2019 National Drowning Report. Click here to see the Queensland summary.

    The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report identified 64 drowning deaths occurred across Queensland in 2018/19, 86% of which were males and 39% were in rivers and creeks. Nine children under the age of 5 drowned, reinforcing the importance of supervising children around water.

    Of these, 123 deaths (45%) occurred over the summer period, which is a 17% increase compared with the 10‐year average. Overall, 101 drowning deaths occurred in inland waterways and 31 in swimming pools. There were 122 coastal drowning deaths, which includes 71 on beaches, 22 at rock/cliff locations and 18 offshore. Over 80% of total drowning deaths were male.

    Royal Life Saving Queensland CEO Paul Barry said “Royal Life Saving is urging Queenslanders to supervise children around water, ensure their pool fence is in good working order in the lead up to summer, and to create safe play areas for children on properties with dams”.

    32% of Queensland drowning deaths were young adults between the ages of 18 to 34 years. “The report reinforces the importance of ensuring all Australians have the swimming and water safety skills to enjoy our beautiful waterways safely” said Mr Barry.

    To stay safe around water, Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving Australia urge all Australians to:
    (click here for more reports)

    RLSS Commonwealth Young Life Saver of the Year

    The Royal Life Saving Society is pleased to announce that Marie Dunne has been honoured with the Commonwealth Young Lifesaver of the Year Award.

    The Award recognises those young volunteers who are the future of the Society. Each recipient is an individual whose voluntary contributions and achievements have significantly impacted on the Society and it's work and those assisted in our global drowning prevention mission.

    Marie joined the Ithaca-Caloundra City Life Saving Club Inc in 2014 at the age of 13 years. She has volunteered community lifesaving patrols at Bulcock Beach, Caloundra since, with exceptional commitment. During the 2014-15 season Marie patrolled 227 hours, during 2015-16 she did 335 hours; 2016-17 she did 344 hours; 2017-18 she did 341 hours and in 2018-19 she did 231 hours. This hours do not include her countless work in training, community work and education. Marie was presented the award at the Aquafutures function on Sat 17 August 2019, and is pictured with Em Pro John Hemsley Pearn, Mrs Gwen Welford & Mr Les Mole (President).

    Annual Report

    Royal Life Saving has released the 2018-19 Annual Report for teh Society in Queensland. Download your copy of the Annual Report here.

    The Annual Report celebrates 125 years of life saving in Australia. Royal Life Saving is the first and oldest life saving society in Australia being formed in Sydney in 1894. Read more about us here.

    RLSS Sport Hub

    RLSSA has released a sports hub, which is a new online sports portal for all things pool life saving. The hub provides current and prospective pool lifesaving volunteers, coaches, athletes, officials, and facilitators with the knowledge, resources and network to continue their journey in swimming and lifesaving whether that be in the pool, on pool deck, in the community or abroad.

    Browse the Sport Hub to find out more about the unique and dynamic sport of pool lifesaving and how you can get involved.

    Click here for the RLSS Sports Hub

    Pool Lifeguard Re-accreditation Course

    It's time to book your Pool Lifeguard re-accreditation. All Pool Lifeguard re-accreditation's successfully completed with us include HLTAID001 provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

    Have a look at the link below for a course convenient to you, or we can come to your facility to run tailored courses that are designed around your facility and the skills of your staff.

    Royal Life Saving Queensland in the oldest life saving society in Queensland and the aquatic industry peak body.

    Click here to register or enquire


    GoodSAM is the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform. GoodSAM is set up to work with ambulance and pre-hospital services to enable qualified bystanders to provide life saving care in emergencies. The app enables those with a Royal Life Saving First Aid certificate to register on the app and help the community. GoodSAM is also the world's largest public AED Registry, and have also launched the world’s first mobile AED tracking system.

    The app allows alerters to dial the emergency services, and at the same time notify nearby qualified responders (including those with a First Aid certificate) of a medical emergency. By alerting responders of an emergency, GoodSAM connects those in need with those who have the skills to provide critical help before the emergency services arrive.

    Royal Life Saving Queensland is the first Queensland organisation to register with GoodSAM. Holders of a current Royal Life Saving Queensland First Aid certificate are able to register as a responder on the app.

    Please consider downloading the app and registering as an Alerter or Responder. Click here for more information.

    View the map of responders

    Alcohol and Drowning

    Download our latest research information here.
    New research reveals about as many as one‐in‐six people who swim in rivers is under the influence of alcohol. A study conducted by RLSS and James Cook University surveyed locals and tourists at four river locations (one in Queensland). Researchers used a breathalyser to gauge if people were swimming under the influence of alcohol. A total of 684 people were surveyed and breathalysed across 16 days at the four research sites. Amy Peden (National Manager of Research and Policy) said the study found 16 percent (1 in 6) of swimmers recorded a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) and seven percent were over the legal driving limit.

    Media Release - One in Six.
    In the past decade, 1,995 men have drowned. Men are four times more likely to drown than women, with males accounting for 80% of all drowning deaths. A culture of risk taking behaviour among men can be dangerous around water, and when combined with alcohol and/or drugs it is often fatal.

    Almost a quarter (24%) of male drowning deaths involved alcohol alone. Of the men who had been drinking and subsequently drowned, 67% would have failed a random breath test with a recorded a blood alcohol content above 0.05%.

    Tips For Looking Out For Your Mates:

    1. Stand up to your mates if they suggest swimming or taking out a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "Woah, easy there. Where do you think you're going? Not in your state mate."
    2. Suggest alternative activities away from the water when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    3. Challenge your mates to a round of ping pong, watch your favourite sport on the tele, or take a good ol' nap.
    4. Enjoying the water before any drugs alcohol consumed
    5. Not leaving them alone if they’re under the influence around water


    Download our factsheet here.

    More Information

    Swim & Survive

    Is your school registered for the Swim and Survive program?

    We provide partners free lesson plans, certificates and support to deliver the swim and survive program. Your school can register to deliver the swim and survive program here. You can also get free resources here. Have more questions or would like to booik a workshop, why not contact us.




    Please download our Summer 2019/20 Newsletter.

    View older newsletters here.
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    New Trainer Arrangements Trainers Workshops

    Following the recent ASQA Direction, we are changing how trainers operate with us. Download the Trainers Information Brochure here.

    All trainers will need to sign a new Trainers Agreement and attend a workshop, upcoming workshop dates are shown below:
    • Tuesday 18 February 2020 (6pm to 9pm)


    Lifeguard - Settlement Cove Lagoon (Redcliffe)

    We are looking for a casual Lifeguard to work at Settlement Cover Lagoon. Some staff supervision may be required. Lifeguard's who have worked in a lagoon environment will be well regarded. Download a Position Description here.

    Training Officer (Casual)
    Northside and Southside Locations

    We are looking for trainers to join our professional training team and help us deliver quality training. We are seeking casual trainers for immediate start. Download a Position Description here.

    Apply or express interest with Resume at this link.


    Royal Life Saving is pleased to be running a nationally recognised Hydrotherapy Rescue Award on Thursday 27 February 2020 (10.30am to 2.30pm) at The Plantation. We are offering a special course price of $100.

    Click here for more information or to register for the course.

    View Course Outline

    Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report

    During the 2018/2019 year, the National Drowning Report 2019 indicates 276 people drowned in Australia Waterways. Download the report here.

    Annual Report

    The Society's Annual Report for 2018-19 has been released. You can obtain a copy of the report at this link.

    Queensland Pro-Am & State Team Selection Trials

    We are pleased to advise that Royal Life Saving is holding the Queensland Pool Life Saving Pro-Am & State Team Selection Trials on:

    Date: Saturday 22 August 2020
    Time: 12pm start (to 4pm)

    Please email for further information.


    Membership renewal is now due. New members, to apply for membership please use the Membership Application Form.

    If you wish to be a trainer with us, please download this information sheet.

    Members of Queensland Lifeguard League, please complete a Qld Lifeguard League Membership Form.

    Overseas Born Drowning

    View the latest report on drowning of overseas born people
    Full Report
    Summary Report

    Pool Plant Operator Course

    Pool Plant Operator courses, the next courses are:
  • Monday 20/4/2020 & Tuesday 21/4/2020
  • Click here to register or enquire
    View Course Outline


    Employee of the Month Nominations

    Has a staff member of the Society provided you excellent service? If so, please let us know by filling in this online form.


    If you wish to raise a concern please click here to fill out an online concern form.

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