Off-duty lifesavers play an invaluable role in drowning prevention through rescues that occur at unpatrolled locations.

Whether they are on duty or not, surf lifesavers, like Alex will always risk their own safety to help save lives. The more lifesavers we train, the more lives we save.

Donate today so Alex can be always a lifesaver.

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Keep your lifesavers On the beach.

Once a lifesaver, always a lifesaver. Alex’s story.

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Once a lifesaver, always a lifesaver.

Alex is one of thousands of Australians, trained to spot the risks of our ocean and to perform rescues.

Alex was enjoying a camping trip when a member of the public came running into their campsite yelling for help to rescue some children struggling to stay afloat in the surf. Fortunately for the father and two children caught in the rip, Alex and his mates were off-duty surf lifesavers.

After a quick assessment of the surf, Alex Taylor of Mona Vale SLSC identified two kids in a rip with bodyboards close to shore. However, he could see an older man out the back in trouble and going under.

“I swam out to him and put him on his back and swam him out of the rip; he was not in a good way. He was out of breath, off colour and he’d taken on water. I thought we’d probably lose someone that day. It was the scariest rescue I’ve ever done. If we weren’t there, people would have drowned. I’m certain about that.”

Alex is always a lifesaver.

" I thought we’d probably lose someone that day. It was the scariest rescue I’ve ever done "

Alex Taylor, Mona Vale SLSC

Where does my money go? Can even a small donation help? Your questions answered.

The Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) is the national fundraising arm for Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and is responsible for the creation and delivery of programs that raise much needed funds for the movement.  The SLSF manages both philanthropic activities and commercial (prize home lotteries) activities and distributes funds to states & territories around the county to support Surf Life Saving branches and clubs. 

Australia and its related islands have over 11,500 beaches dispersed along more than 50,000km of coastline and attracts an estimated 300 million visitations every year. Our volunteer surf lifesavers are always kept busy. We have over 50,000 volunteers from over 314 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:  

  • Rescue gear and equipment 

  • volunteer lifesaver training 

  • community education programs, and  

  • support services including communications networks, aerial patrols and powered watercraft. 

No matter what area your donation goes towards, you can be sure that it will make a vital contribution to saving lives. 


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 lifesaving patrol can cost up to $70,000. 

  • 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. 

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. 


The funds we raise are predominantly used by Surf Life Saving to maintain and replace lifesaving rescue gear and equipment, enhance the training and development programs for volunteer surf lifesavers, expand community surf safety campaigns and fund aquatic safety research and development.

Yes, the Surf Life Saving Foundation constitution contains information regarding the SLSF, its Members, Board, Directors, procedures and by-laws. Download the file to access the Surf Life Saving Constitution in full from our website

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 Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) may collect your personal information to communicate information and offers from SLSF, and to provide SLSF products and services directly to you.

By providing your personal information you agree it will be disclosed to and used by, the SLSF under the terms of this statement and the SLSF Privacy Policy.

SLSF may disclose your personal information to other parties, including SLSF third-party service providers. SLSF may use and disclose your personal information for direct marketing purposes, unless you opt-out (which you can do at any time in accordance with the SLSF Privacy Policy).

Could you give regularly?

As well as training new volunteer surf lifesaver, your monthly donation helps repair and replace the equipment that constant exposure to the sun and sea can damage. As a Guardian of the Surf your monthly donation ensures that we are rescue-ready at a moment’s notice. You would be the silent hero behind every life saved.

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