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Surf Life Saving (SLS) is focused on exploring statistical and analytical data to support development of education, technology, communications and operations to reduce coastal drowning deaths in Australia.

Although SLS has been conducting research for many years, 2010 was the birth of a dedicated and thorough research program. The SLS Research Scheme was introduced to adopt rigour into research project design and provide funding for targeted and priority research projects.

Over the past few years, SLS has been working on two main research projects focused on rip current safety issues, and has just embarked on a new project, “Attributing the Social Contribution of Surf Life Saving Australia: Valuing the Social Capital of an Iconic Institution”. Details on these projects can be found in the Research Projects section in the menu below.

For more information about research at Surf Life Saving Australia, please contact the research team at