Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA)
is the peak surf lifesaving
, water safety and drowning prevention authority in Australia
. SLSA is federal in structure, comprising 307 local surf lifesaving clubs
, 17 regional branches in Queensland
and New South Wales
, and 7 individual state and territory centres. With more than 153,000 members, of whom more than 43,800 actively patrol over 400 Australian beaches, SLSA is one of the largest volunteer organisations in Australia.
SLSA is responsible for the management and organisation of competitive surf sport in Australia, overseeing major surf lifesaving events like the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and The Coolangatta Gold
SLSA is a foundation member of the International Life Saving Federation
(ILS) and plays a vital leadership role in developing lifesaving, beach safety and drowning prevention standards around the world.
SLSA was established 18 October 1907, when representatives from several Sydney
-based surf life saving clubs, together with members from other interested groups, met to form the Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales - the organisation now known as Surf Life Saving Australia.
SLSA's mission is to provide a safe beach and aquatic environment throughout Australia, through patrolling beaches, education, coastal risk assessments and training. Since 1907, surf lifesavers have rescued over 550,000 beachgoers. In 2009/10, surf lifesavers performed 11,920 rescues, 53,700 cases of first... Read More