Play it safe by the water

This website is brought to you by the Victorian Government to increase community awareness of water safety. The information on this site will help you learn how to be safe at the beach, at the river, by the pool and while boating and fishing.

Life Saving Victoria

Life Saving Victoria

Life Saving Victoria is Victoria’s peak water safety organisation, helping all Victorians to safely enjoy activities in open waterways (including beaches, rivers and lakes) and aquatic facilities.

Their volunteer lifesavers patrol 57 beaches across the state from mid-November to Easter to ensure you and your family swim between the red and yellow flags and enjoy the beach safely.

They work with schools, clubs and businesses to deliver education and training programs on water safety, swimming and resuscitation to help you make safe choices around water and learn to swim and survive.

Training courses including CPR, First Aid and aquatic qualifications will give you practical skills to become an ‘Everyday Lifesaver’ and act quickly and confidently in an emergency situation.

Life Saving Victoria also contributes to industry research, including producing the annual drowning report.


Swimming Victoria

Swimming Victoria is the governing association for swimming in Victoria.

Established in 1893, it is a not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of approximately 160 swimming clubs and over 11,500 members.

Swimming Victoria promotes water safety messages in conjunction with the Play it Safe by the Water campaign through our affiliated clubs and our partnership with both Schools and Learn to Swim Centres.

Surfing Victoria

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Surfing Victoria is the organising body for surfing in Victoria.

Surfing Victoria conducts a range of age and discipline events and delivers educational programs to coaches, instructors, recreational surfers and competitors. Services are delivered by a key network of regional coaches, affiliated clubs and surf schools. A range of benefits including insurance are provided to members and affiliated clubs and surf schools.


  • Surf with a mate
  • Don't drink and surf
  • Check the conditions before paddling out

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria

Aquatics and Recreation Victoria

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) is Victoria’s peak industry body for aquatics and recreation.

ARV facilitates industry development, research opportunities and studies, conducts special projects on behalf of the industry and develops partnerships with government and key organisations to deliver social marketing programs.

ARV provides high level strategic advice to councils, State Government, schools and industry bodies on current industry matters so that informed decisions can be undertaken. It also provides professional development opportunities for those who work within the industry and pilots new programs to broaden the effective reach of community aquatic and recreation facilities.

Through the VICSWIM brand, ARV conducts state-wide tailored aquatic education and water safety programs for children, CALD communities, special population groups, local communities and schools in partnership with Government.

Yachting Victoria

Yachting Victoria

Yachting Victoria is the organising body for sailing in Victoria.

Yachting Victoria conducts a range of activities and services for its 90 member clubs, state wide. These range from learn to sail programs, school education programs through to events, regattas, governance and administration support.

Through the dedicated support of our volunteer committees Yachting Victoria can offer advice on safety, risk management and a range of other related topics.

  • Never go sailing or boating alone
  • Always wear a PFD
  • Always check the weather

Kidsafe Victoria

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Kidsafe Victoria is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death, injury and associated disability to children.

Kidsafe Victoria has a strong focus on child water safety, particularly around the home environment. Visit the Kidsafe website to access a range of information, advice and practical tools, including the free online home water safety audit and information on pool fencing laws.