Water safety

To stay safe around water, follow these simple rules:

  • always supervise children around water
  • learn swimming, water safety and lifesaving skills
  • wear a lifejacket when boating, rock fishing or paddling
  • swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags
  • avoid alcohol and drugs around water.


Find out how to enjoy a day at the beach safely and help prevent accidents or injury.

Beach safety - healthdirect

Beach safe - Surf Life Saving Australia


Safety information for recreational boaters including safety advice, safety equipment needs and rules about boating, kayaking and canoeing, and water skiing.

Boating safely

Marine Safety SA


Be prepared for a flood and know what do before, during and after a flood.

Flood - SA State Emergency Service

Inland waterways - rivers, lakes and dams

When enjoying inland waterways it’s important to be aware of the risks and stay safe. There are many hidden dangers that you may not be aware of including - fast-flowing water, submerged objects such as tree branches and freezing water that could cause shock or hyperthermia.

Respect the river - Royal Life Saving Australia

Learn to swim

Swimming classes for adults and children are offered by a number of providers including Surf Life saving SA's Sea sure swim school.

VACSWIM is a government funded initiative to teach primary school children how to swim.

Pools and spas

Reduce the risk of accidents in your swimming pool or spa pool by installing appropriate safety barriers and ensuring young children are supervised.

Pool and spa safety


Resuscitation skills are crucial because they can save lives if you spend time near or on the water.

How to perform CPR - healthdirect


If you are a visitor to Australia get some safety tips for swimming at our beaches.

Water safety in Australia - Tourism Australia

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