Become a Guardian of the Surf

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A Guardian of the Surf is a special kind of donor to SLSF.

They are members of the community who pledge an ongoing amount every month to protect beachgoers around Australia. They are the silent heroes behind every life saved - more than 10,000 lives every year.

Becoming a Guardian ensures sustainable and regular funding

Ongoing Guardian of the Surf donations allow us to ensure we have sustainable and regular funding. Along with training new surf lifesavers, we regularly update the skills of our volunteers and repair and replace the equipment that constant exposure to the sun and sea can damage. Receiving steady monthly donations ensures that both our volunteers and our equipment are rescue-ready at a moment’s notice.
Bronze Guardian

Donate $16 per month

On patrol, surf lifesavers are always watching out for your family and friends – but binoculars, signage and red and yellow patrol flags help our dedicated volunteers do their job. Your Bronze annual donation is the equivalent of purchasing binoculars, red and yellow patrol flags and a safety sign for one of our Surf Life Saving patrols.

Give monthly and become a Guardian of the Surf

Our monthly supporters truly are Guardians of the Surf and critical to us. By becoming a Guardian of the Surf and donating monthly, we can plan for the future and ensure all our surf lifesavers have the crucial training as well as the right equipment they need.

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Why have others become Guardians?

“I was rescued when I was in my early 20s at Nobby's Beach. I believe I would have died that day if it wasn’t for the volunteer surf lifesavers. Ever since then I’ve religiously donated to your cause.”



“Our family has been coming down to the beach every Christmas holidays for 15 years. Every year we see someone get saved. Sometimes those people look really fit and healthy too! It just goes to show that absolutely anyone could need you. Thanks for being around.”


Thinking about becoming a Guardian of the Surf? Your questions answered

The Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) is the fundraising arm of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA). SLSA is Australia’s peak authority on beach safety, drowning prevention and rescue.

The SLSF was established to support our unique not-for-profit community cause that exists through community donations, fundraising, corporate sponsorships and government grants.

With over 180,000 members and 315 affiliated Surf Life Saving Clubs, SLS represents the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia, and the world.
The Surf Life Saving Foundation distributes funds raised through your donations to support Surf Life Saving Branches and Clubs around the country. Your donations are predominantly used by Surf Life Saving to:

- Maintain and replace lifesaving rescue equipment
- Enhance the training and development programs for volunteer surf lifesavers
- Expand community surf safety campaigns
- Fund aquatic safety research and development
- Continue to provide support services including communications networks, aerial patrols and powered watercraft
Absolutely! Every single donation you make helps us to save more lives on the beach.

Every year millions of people visit our beaches, and thousands of these visitors find themselves in urgent need of a life saving rescue. This is what we are here for, to keep your family and friends safe in the water.

Your support today will ensure that millions of adults and children who visit the beach go home safely.
Australia and its related islands have over 11,500 beaches dispersed along more than 50,000km of coastline, attracting an estimated 500+ million visits every year. Our volunteer surf lifesavers are always kept busy. We have over 180,000 volunteers from over 315 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.

Did you know?
- 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 lifesavers must continue to refresh and update their skills.

- Rescue gear and equipment are some of the largest costs associated with providing lifesaving services throughout Australia. A full life saving patrol can cost up to $80,000.

- 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!).

No matter what area your donation goes towards, you can be sure that it will make a vital contribution to saving lives.
Surf Life Saving WA conducts its own independent fundraising to support Western Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs. The Surf Life Saving Foundation raises funds for distribution in all other jurisdictions.

You can contact Surf Life Saving WA via:

PO Box 700
Balcatta WA 6914
Tel: 08 9207 6666
The SLSF Board continues as the Trustees of the Surf Life Saving Rescue Fund Trust. The Trust was established in 2002 to provide an additional and more assured ongoing source of funding for the movement.