Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Guidance during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

The Resuscitation Council (UK) have released a video guide for out of hospital cardiac arrest and provision of CPR during the COIVID-19 pandemic.

Many people are concern about the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), but we wish to emphasise the crucial importance of doing CPR for the person in cardiac arrest.

We also suggest that you carry PPE (a disposable CPR mask and gloves) with you during this time. Don't forget the first step in CPR is to check for Danger and remove unreasonable risks to you, the patient and bystanders. This could be by using PPE and following the advice in the video.

Remember, the Australian Resuscitation Council say "Any Attempt at Resuscitation is Better Than No Attempt”.

Royal Life Saving Statement on COVID-19 and Swimming Pool Closures

Royal Life Saving has issued a National Statement on Swimming Pool Closures following the statement of the Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison MP on 24 March 2020.

Governments have now called for all swimming pools to close by midnight 25 March 2020. This includes all non‐essential education services. It may allow for the continuation of swimming pools in the setting of Allied Health Facilities.

Download ourStatement here.

This statement is current as at 11am on 25 March 2020.

Royal Life Saving Courses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not presently delivering courses. Please continue to enquire with us if you require training, you can Contact Us by telephone (07) 3823 2823 (during normal business hours) or email (admin@rlssq.com.au).

Our office remains open between 9am and 5pm weekedays, however we are operating on essential staff only so it may take some time to repond to your enquires. Thank you for your understanding. Please check our website and facebook page for updates.

This statement is current as at 3pm on 24 March 2020.

Position Statement on Re-Accreditation

Royal Life Saving has issued a Position Statement on the re-accreditation of Lifeguard who work in the aquatic industry. The renewal dates for CPR, First Aid and Pool Lifeguard certifications and accreditation related to the Aquatic Industry which lapse between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 where trainees are unable to complete training and assessment requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic is that trainees will have the validity of existing certifications and accreditations extended until 1 July 2020.

We undertake to review this position prior to 1 May 2020. We plan to provide a number of re-accreditation courses during July at our locations at Burpengary and Gumdale. Please check our website for more details closer to July 2020.

Download ourPosition Statement here.

Royal Life Saving Sport Activity

In line with Government guidlines concerning sport activities and the COVID-19 virus, the following activities will not be proceeding: We will look to re-schedule these events later in the year, if able.

COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on Aquatics

Royal Life Saving has issued a Statement in respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on the Aquatic Industry.

Please download and view our statement, which must be considered against our remit as a national peak body, with a key focus on reducing drowning and promoting safe aquatic participation

This position is current as at 4pm (AEST) on 18 March 2020.

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.

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.

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 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.




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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 sport@rlssq.com.au 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
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