The Royal Life Saving Society WA is a not-for-profit organisation, serving the community as the largest provider of water safety education in our state. Volunteers, members, trainers, employees and lifesavers are found in almost all communities. Royal Life Saving WA is an Incorporated Association and charitable organisation endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office. We caught up with Lauren Nimmo, Senior Manager Health Promotion and Research to discuss the importance of injury prevention for the Royal Life Saving Society and the WA community.
What do you aim to achieve through your work at Royal Life Saving WA?
At Royal Life Saving WA we aim to empower the community to be safe when they are in, on and around the water and to lead efforts to reduce the impact of drowning. We want to ensure that all Western Australians have swimming, survival and rescue skills, that we have trained lifesavers in every community, create safer aquatic locations for the community to enjoy and that everyone has access to water safety and drowning prevention information and programs so that they have the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safe around the water.
What’s something that people might not know about Royal Life Saving WA or your programs?
Royal Life Saving WA has a number of core business areas operating throughout the state including community education, first aid and vocational training, safety and risk management services and research. We also have two call centres located in Manjimup and Bridgetown that conduct fundraising and market research for Royal Life Saving and a number of other charities/community groups.
What would you like people to connect with you about, and how can they contact you?
Our key priority areas at the moment are toddler drowning and in particular home pool safety, engaging with culturally diverse communities to ensure that they have access to our programs so that no-one misses out on gaining important swimming and water safety skills, promoting the importance of wearing lifejackets while boating and educating the community on river safety. We also have access to up-to-date data and statistics on drowning and aquatic injuries at public swimming pools that is available to community groups and local governments by request. If you would like any further information regarding our programs or would like to chat about opportunities to work with us, contact me on (08) 9383 8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check us out at www.royallifesavingwa.com.au and on Facebook/RoyalLifeSavingWA