I’m sure you wonder what your donation to Surf Life Saving actually does? Well, allow us to explain just what your generous donation means for us in terms of saving lives all over Australia.
With over 36,000km of coastline attracting about 100 million beach visitations every year, our volunteer Surf Lifesavers are always kept busy. We have over 42,000 volunteers from over 300 different surf clubs across Australia and with the help of your generous donations, they make sure that Australia has some of the safest beaches in the world.
Donations are distributed to Surf Life Saving State entities for allocation to priority needs and include areas of:
No matter what area your donation goes towards, you can be sure that it will make a vital contribution to saving lives.
Rescue gear and equipment are some of the largest costs associated with providing lifesaving services throughout Australia. We all love the sun, surf and sand; it’s why we go to the beach. But, as well as making a great day out, the sun, sand and salt also damage the rescue gear that our Surf Lifesavers use each day.
There’s no second chance when it comes to saving lives!
Ongoing maintenance and replacement of equipment is essential to make sure everything is in top condition and ready for beach emergencies. Your donation means that our rescue gear and equipment stays rescue ready and you and your family remain in the safest hands possible.
It costs at least $850 to train a new volunteer to Bronze Medallion standard. Surf Lifesavers are trained in First Aid, CPR and rescue techniques. Importantly, all of our Life Savers must continue to refresh and update their skills.
When it comes to saving lives you don’t have time to stop and think about it – your skills need to be second nature and to achieve this you have to keep practicing.
Prevention is better than cure and the best way to save lives at the beach is by teaching people how to stay out of danger. We run campaigns on how to spot rips and what to do if you are caught in one (swim parallel to the shore).
Our Beach to Bush program has been running since 1994 to spread our beach safety message to those who don’t live near the coast – around 50% of our rescues involve people who live more than 50km from the shore. Your donation helps us educate children and save lives.
Plus, we are looking at and trialing technologies to help our lifesavers do what they do best. Our Beachsafe App is a great example of how technology that we have developed and now provide for free to the public, can help save lives.