Water Safety over the school holidays

Water safety over the school holidays


We know many families head away during the school holidays to locations near water, including lakes, rivers and beaches.


To help families stay safe around water these school holidays, please share the following water safety resources with parents and carers:

  • Surf Life Saving Australia’s Beachsafe website where you can view a location and the closest patrolled beaches (available in 132 languages – click on the ‘Select language’ tab). This information is also available in an app which you can download from the Beachsafe website. The app includes videos with tips for visiting Australian beaches, in 8 languages: English, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Malay, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
  • Vic Emergency’s Get to know our warning signs website, including posters translated into Arabic, Dari, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Life Saving Victoria’s Water safety tips.

Victorian Water Safety Certificate

If your school held its swimming and water safety education program in Term 1, 2024, please ensure certificates have been ordered for students who achieved the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. For more information on this, refer to Victorian Water Safety Certificate.

Policy, guidance and resources

Our Policy and Advisory Library includes all related policy information, guidance and resources under the relevant menu tabs:

Find out more:

For information to help you run your school swimming program in 2024, including booking and reporting requirements, refer to the Swimming and water safety article in the 6 February 2024 edition of School Update. 


For further enquiries, contact Alison Porter, statewide swimming coordinator, Targeted School Services unit: