SLSA is proud to announce an all new release of its beach safety app Beachsafe for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (phone and tablet)
The Beachsafe app brings together numerous data sources and databases managed by SLSA and select external organisations such as the B.o.M. Our aim is to present high quality up-to-the-minute beach safety information to the public at all times. It is therefore crucial that the data is correct and that the public gets thoroughly checked information so that they can make informed decisions. Some of the information in those data sources leveraged by Beachsafe is updated by SLSA and some by club, branch and state.
The app has been designed to promote safety and awareness to the public at and around Australian beaches. The app uses GPS to display nearby beaches (1), including whether or not a beach is patrolled (2). Further details can be viewed for any beach (3) and specific beaches or clubs can be searched for (4). Favourite beaches can be stored for quick access using the My Beaches function (5) and educational safety tips and information can be viewed in the Surf Ed tab (6).
Every beach in Australia, whether it is patrolled or not, is listed in Beachsafe. Its primary source of information is the ABSAMP (Australian Beach Safety and Management Program) database which contains trustworthy and current summaries of all of a beach’s unique qualities - its hazards, its geographic location and its facilities and the large photos which head up every beach’s page. This is complimented by current weather conditions and warning advisories for each beach (supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology), live patrol data (taken from Surfguard and Surfcom), live news (taken from organisation Twitter feeds) and even on-going events which can be managed by surf club administrators and members of the public alike. All of this information can be viewed in over 50 languages using the live translation facility at the top of the page.
In this latest version, users can now translate all in-app text into 72 languages, making it ideal for foreign visitors to the coast. In addition future patrol dates can be checked enabling beach-goers to plan ahead and swim at the beach when it's patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards. All beaches also have their own 'What's On' section which enables anyone to enter event information for the public and surf lifesavers alike.
To download the free Beachsafe app, simply click on the buttons below which related to your smartphone device, App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for all Android devices.