two young boys on safety boards on river, both wearing lifesaver caps


Don’t miss out on Outback Lifesavers

Published: 22 Jan 2021 2:50pm

Young community members keen to learn more about water safety and lifesaving skills can still register for the new Outback Lifesaver program set to start in Wagga Wagga next week.

The first of the proficiency swims for those already enrolled in the program were held on 17 January at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre.

Royal Life Saving NSW Project Co-ordinator Renee Amidy said registrations for Outback Lifesaver will be taken right up to the start of the nine-week program on 31 January 2021.

“There’s still places available for anyone aged between 8 and 13 years keen to get involved, along with their parents and carers who are encouraged to participate,” Ms Amidy said.

“We particularly would like to see the older kids in these age groups who qualify for the under 13s to get involved. There are places available to them so we urge them to get online and enrol to take advantage of this unique program.

“We have selected Wagga as the first regional centre in the state-wide roll out the program. It’s an exciting initiative for the city and we want it to be well-supported as the first to be introduced across NSW.”

Wagga Wagga City Council and Royal Life Saving NSW have partnered to deliver Outback Lifesaver.

Up to 120 primary-aged children have the opportunity to take part during Term 1 of 2021 with the first of nine sessions at Wagga Beach to start on Sunday 31 January and finishing on 28 March.

Ms Amidy said the importance of introducing young people to different aquatic environments is vital to developing important skills around the water.

“The program has been developed to provide children and community groups with the opportunity to acquire relevant skills and knowledge to safely participate in recreational activities in our open water environments,” Ms Amidy said.

“Outback Lifesavers is all about being active and having fun while learning important new skills.”

Ms Amidy said the Active Kids vouchers can be used to join the program.

Bookings can be made at