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9 Feb 2023

A Day at the Lake comes to the ACT

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Enjoy a ‘Waterway of Life’ at Royal Life Saving Society’s ACT community water safety day!



Royal Life Saving Society NSW | ACT | TAS are inviting ACT communities to come and enjoy ‘A Day at the Lake’ at Black Mountain Peninsula this Sunday 12 February 2023 from 10.00am-2.00pm.


Proudly supported by Icon Water and the Australian Government, A Day at the Lake is a Royal Life Saving ACT initiative that will provide participants with practical water safety skills to enjoy the water safely this summer. The day also celebrates Lake Burley Griffin and all it has to offer - recreation, fun and beautiful place for Canberrans to come together and enjoy their favourite aquatic pursuits.


The event is free and there's something for everyone:

  • Stall holders and Event Passport competition

  • CPR Awareness Training

  • Bike N Blend Smoothy Bikes

  • Lions Belconnen BBQ Lunch

  • Canberra Aqua Park will be in operational on the day.

  • Royal Life Saving” Lucky Duck Dip”

  • Colouring in Competition

  • and much, much more!


Royal Life Saving ACT CEO Michael Ilinsky said the event encourages people of all ages and all backgrounds to gain hands-on experience with essential water-safety skills such as CPR awareness training.


“Getting together with family and friends in and around the water is an Australian way of life. We just want everyone to be able to do so safely and with confidence.


“While we’re pleased to note ACT is one of only two regions in Australia that hasn’t reported a drowning this summer, we are witnessing high numbers of drownings Australia wide. Unfortunately, as of today, there have been 52 drownings reported in Australia this summer. Of those deaths, 40 per cent occurred nearby, in NSW waterways.”


RLS General Manager Cherry Bailey said “Our goal is to minimise risks by building knowledge and equipping people with skills and confidence to navigate conditions in and around the water, whether they’re enjoying a day at the lake, heading to the local pool or traveling to open waterways.


A Day at the Lake provides practical demonstrations and skills sessions, giving participants the chance to practice important safety skills such as how to safely assist someone who needs help, how to read conditions and spot any risks in open waterways. provides practical demonstrations and skills sessions, giving participants the chance to practice important safety skills such as how to safely assist someone who needs help, how to read conditions and spot any risks in open waterways. A Day at the Lake provides practical demonstrations and skills sessions, giving participants the chance to practice important safety skills such as how to safely assist someone who needs help, how to read conditions and spot any risks in open waterways.


“It’s a great day out and everyone walks away with a life-saving skill up their sleeve.”


Royal Life Saving ACT’s “A Day at the Lake” is a free community event is part of RLS NSW |ACT |TAS Summer Safety Campaign, which responds to the latest drowning data with four crucial safety messages.


“We want all Australians to embrace the water, and there are four simple ways to enjoy it safely. Whether you’re fishing, boating, swimming, paddling or playing on shore, there are 4 simple tips to keeping each other safe….

· Know your limits and avoid taking risks

· Check the conditions before you head out

· Wear a lifejacket when on the water

· Supervise children at all times


Royal Life Saving ACT recently launched translated versions of their safety messages in seven priority languages.


For further information please visit A Day at the Lake - ACT | Royal Life Saving (drowningprevention.org.au)


This event is proudly supported by Icon Water and the Australian Government





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