Surf Life Saving is an organisation that saves and protects life on Australian beaches. However despite the efforts of our trained volunteer surf lifesavers, paid lifeguards and support operations, people continue to drown around our coastline each year. The aim of all lifesavers and lifeguards is to achieve zero drownings.
Boasting total mastery of all oceanic endeavours, the revered waterman can paddle, dive, windsurf, bodysurf, interpret complex weather data, and save people in distress. Learn more about the waterman culture that is so important to modern lifeguards in this Surfline article.
Volunteer Surf Lifesavers
The Surf Life Saving movement began in 1907 when volunteer lifesavers began to protect the lives of fellow beachgoers on Bondi Beach, by performing patrols and rescues.
Lifesaving has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, but some things have stayed the same. Check out this video about lifesavers from 1950, courtesy of the National Film Board.