Help Grants

Reducing the Burden of Drowning Deaths

The Royal Life Saving Society WA is committed to reducing the impact of drowning on the Western Australian community.  Our primary aim is to prevent drowning from occurring through education to assist all West Australians in understanding how to keep themselves and their families safe around water. However, should a fatal or non-fatal drowning incident occur we’re also determined to provide support; both practical and emotional, for families and individuals affected.

For every child that drowns in WA up to 10 are hospitalised following a non-fatal drowning incident, with up to four of these suffering serious life-long health implications including brain damage.  According to the World Health Organisation’s “World Report on child injury prevention” these injuries are estimated to have the highest average lifetime cost of any injury type, and have a great impact on families, including psychosocial consequences for victims, siblings, parents and other caregivers.

Apply for a Grant

Royal Life Saving Society WA is providing support for these families through our Keep Watch Community Help Grants. These grants, of up to $2500 each, can provide financial assistance for counselling, therapy, equipment, modifications, technology purchase or other resources or items to help make a difference in the lives of children impacted by a non-fatal drowning incident.

Applications for the grants are now open and application forms are available here.

Eligibility criteria for the grants is available here.


We’re also offering peer-to-peer support counselling for families impacted by drowning and non-fatal drowning, and encourage those affected by a drowning incident to contact us for advice and support.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

We provided funding for continued physiotherapy for a family whose daughter was involved in a drowning incident in regional WA in 2013. The therapy will assist her muscle movement and development.

Grant 2

We provided funding for transport, fuel, parking, and expenses to assist with continued travel to PMH where their son was receiving specialised medical treatment, following a drowning incident in early 2015

Grant 3

We provided funding to modify a bicycle to assist in physiotherapy and motor skill development for a young boy who was involved in a drowning incident 5 years ago.

Contact Us

For further information please contact us.

Email enquiries can be made to grants@rlsswa.com.au

Simone Soto-Flores crouching beside her son Ari in his wheelchair

Simone Soto Flores

Read about the impact a Community Help Grant made for this family following a non-fatal drowning.