Did you know that in the early 1900s, changes to the law allowing sea bathing in daylight hours had a dramatic effect on local beach culture? The number of bathers entering the surf dramatically increased; however, as many of these people couldn’t swim, the number of drownings and attempted rescues also dramatically increased.
On 18 October 1907, representatives from Sydney Surf Life Saving clubs, together with members of other interested groups, met and formed Surf Bathing Association of NSW, the organisation which is now known as Surf Life Saving Australia.
Today, there are 311 surf life saving clubs across Australia.
In 2017 there were 10,879 rescues, with surf lifesavers volunteering about 1.35 million patrol hours to protect lives at the beach.
We are very thankful for your support. It’s because of your generosity and ongoing commitment that we are able to continue operating each season and keep you, your friends and family safe, and protected, on the beach.