Victorian Water Safety Certificate – New online ordering system Launched!

We are pleased to advise that the new online ordering system for the Victorian Water Safety Certificate (VWSC) is now available for use. Please visit to order certificates. To watch a preview of the system, please click HERE.

More information including a Sample Certificate, Teacher Guide and the Water Safety Q&A can be found at

Key changes include:

  • Reduction in time to receive certificates – A link to download certificates will be emailed in real time.
  • Requirement for Schools / Swim Schools to upload student and swim school and school information – Certificates should be ordered only once a student achieves the competencies.
  • Reduction in time to fill out the certificates – Electronic certificates will be auto-populated with the student and swim school or school information provided.

Rationale for change:

  • Demand – There has been a significant increase in orders following inclusion in the Victorian Curriculum;
  • Time – It is essential to reduce the time associated with processing orders and completing certificate details; and
  • Monitoring & Evaluation – It is vital to improve data collection, to better report to government and continue vital research and advocacy work.

Background – What is the Victorian Water Safety Certificate?

  • The Victorian Water Safety Certificate is a Victorian Government initiative, which describes specific competencies that should be achieved by the end of primary school (HERE).
  • The Certificate describes specific competencies that focus on water safety knowledge, rescue skills, a survival sequence and the ability to swim a continuous distance of 50 meters.
  • The Certificate is designed to complement existing swimming & water safety programs delivered by schools and learn-to-swim providers.  A Teacher Guide is provided to support the assessment of the Certificate competencies.
  • Once a student has achieved the competencies, schools and learn-to-swim providers can order the certificates from Life Saving Victoria (LSV).
  • More information including a sample certificate, teacher guide and order form can be found HERE.

Do you need further information? Visit our website and learn more about our water safety certificates.


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