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Surf Life Saving is Australia's major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. We create a safe environment on Australia's beaches and coastline through patrols, education and training, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness.

With 166,923 members and 311 affiliated surf life saving clubs, Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia. 

The majority of our services are provided by surf lifesavers who complete surf patrols voluntarily. We also operate the country’s largest lifeguard service, contracting to local government and other coastal land managers. 

In the 2012-13 season, our volunteer patrol members were involved in 8,048 rescues, while our paid lifeguards rescued 3,485 more, taking the total number of lives saved since 1907 to over 620,000.

Surf Life Saving is a not-for-profit movement that exists only through community donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship. We are an active part of Australian local communities. Our movement prides itself on offering mateship, education, experience and in doing so gives back to the community.

For people young and old, Surf Life Saving inspires a positive and uniquely Australian attitude. Because every member, every club, the entire movement, embraces and promotes a 'can do' attitude to life. It protects life, it saves life, it promotes life.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision

To save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.

Our Mission

To provide a safe beach and aquatic environment throughout Australia.

Our Driving Forces

To save lives in the water. 

To promote a healthy, inclusive, clean, family lifestyle.

SLS 2020

SLSA has developed a new strategic direction, SLS2020, that will guide the Surf Life Saving movement through the next decade. The focus of SLS2020 is to further build the capacity and capability of the movement to save more lives, create better Australians and build better communities. There are four pillars of strategic intent that we will pursue to achieve our mission:

1. Extend lifesaving coverage to meet community needs.
2. Develop our people.
3. Ensure the movement’s long term sustainability.
4. Involve all Australians and make a valued contribution to the Australian society.

A detailed overview of SLS2020 can be downloaded here.