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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

Zero preventavle deaths in Australia

Our Mission

We save lives, create great Australians and build better communities


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 match community needs.
2. Develop our people.
3. Ensure a relevant and growing movement
4. Engage the community to participate and donate

A detailed overview of SLS2020 can be downloaded here.