Community Swim program
Community Swim Program
"Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much" - Helen Keller
Learn to Swim
Learn to swim
Learn to Swim
"The more you dream, the farther you get" - Michael Phelps
Swim & Survive
Swim and survive
Swim & Survive
"We all understand situations where it's swim or drown. Sometimes we surprise ourselves when we start swimming and see how well we can do it. —" Charlize Theron
"Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rythm of the water set your soul free "– Christy Ann Martine
Train & Volunteer
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get but from what we give
"Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rythm of the water set your soul free "– Christy Ann Martine
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Teaching A Skill for Life to Save a Life

Water Skills for Life is a not for profit charity organization, which was incorporated on 11 March 2011. The charity is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who provide assistance in the prevention of drowning.

Our vision is to provide swimming and water safety skills and knowledge to children and adults, teacher training  and funding assistance, both in Australia, on the northern beaches of Sydney, and in Vietnam. Learn all about us on our ABOUT page- and see our NEWS page

Joanne Streamline Position
Tibetan Program 2018_6
Swim & Survive Watching waves
Tibetan Program Adults Feb 2020

Our Growing Impact

Taught To Swim
Collaroy Turtles Water Safety
Taught To Swim
Community Swim Program
Participants Attended
Swim & Survive Summer Camp
Trainee Swim Teachers
Supported Since 2010


Who We Are

We want to bring confidence and competence in the water. Wherever people are at risk, we want to bring confidence and competence in the water. That is the purpose of our charity, for which we have won awards and provided water safety and swimming skills to those in our local community and overseas in Vietnam. Read more about this program HERE. To learn more about our volunteers, click HERE

why we do it

Powered by Passion for Saving Lives 

Royal Life Saving Society Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia have released the annual National Drowning Report indicating that last Summer, 86 people lost their lives to drowning in Australia. Each death left families and communities devastated. Drowning over Summer 2020/21 increased by 30% compared to the previous Summer (2019/20).

And it's not just Australians drowning - Many people overseas are too poor or are unable to access lessons to learn how to swim or gain skills in water safety, and thus our partnership in Vietnam with Swim Vietnam and Aquatic Training School – Swim Vietnam.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 19 in Vietnam, killing more than 3,000 children and adolescents annually

Read more about this program HERE  and visit Swim Vietnam HERE.


Collaroy Turtles - Sandi
Joanne with Tibetan Swimmer-Collaroy Turtles
Mary with Swimmer at Collaroy
teachers Collaroy Turtles

Your Support Makes a Difference

Your support can make a huge difference....

....if you can help with our mission, please volunteer or donate now!

Volunteers Achieve So Much 

Our volunteers are driven by passion, belief and dedication to provide assistance in the prevention of drowning.   Please volunteer or become a trainee swim teacher now!

We are Driven by Belief and Passion

We believe everyone – no matter where they live, their culture or financial situation - deserves to learn to swim. Please become a member, volunteer, or donate now!

Learn to Swim & Trainee Swim Teacher Programs


Collaroy Turtles Swim Program

Collaroy Turtles Water Safety Swim Program

The Collaroy Turtles Water Safety Program has taught 357 children and adults to swim since its inception. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please click HERE.

Community Swim Program Kids Feb 2020

Community Swim Programs

 Water Skills for Life are committed to giving disadvantaged and CALD communities, who may be at risk on our beaches. We are working closely with Community Northern Beaches to provide programs that will develop water awareness, swimming and water safety skills.  Read more HERE.

Swim & Survive Summer Camp

Swim & Survive Summer Camp

The Swim and Survive Summer Camp started in 2015. We have had 192 participants attend so far. Read more about this program HERE

Tibetan Swim Program

Tibetan Community Dee Why Swim Program

The Tibetan Community Swim Program has been run from 2012 to the present.  So far 442 people have been given swimming and water safety lessons. Read more HERE.

Swim Stars Program

The Swim Stars Program

Change the life of a child with disability in Vietnam by becoming a Water Skills for life “Swim Star” Child Sponsor. You can find out more on the Swim Vietnam and Aquatic Training School websites and our information pages Sponsor a Child.


Trainee Swim Teacher Program  

From the inception of the program in 2010 to the present , we have supported 37 Trainees. Read about this program to become a trainee swim teacher HERE 

Supporters and Partners

ACNC Charity
Swim & Survive
Aquatic Training School
Collaroy Amateur Swimming Club
Dee Why RSL
Royal Lifesaving Society Australia
Swim Vietnam
Warringah Amateur Swimming Association
Community Norther Beaches
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