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Phone: +61 8 9383 8200


The Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) is a not for profit benevolent organisation and has developed into the leading water safety education organisation in Australia. Its roots foundation stems from the United Kingdom, where William Henry commenced water safety education in 1891 and this spread to Australia in 1894.

In 1924, the RLSSA was granted a Royal Charter by King George V and the official RLSSA was formed in 1934. Many aspects of the Society's operations were managed from the United Kingdom until 1957. In 1959 a supplemental Charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth II and this formally established the National Branch of the Society in Australia. A permanent national secretariat was established in 1978.

In 1984, the Society incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee.

The Western Australian Society was formed in 1909 by a Police Sergeant in Kalgoorlie who conducted water safety education programs for people who travelled to the coast for holidays.

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