Leading and Uniting the Illawarra in Life Saving Excellence

Surf Life Saving is Australia’s major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.

At Surf Life Saving Illawarra, we create a safe environment on our beaches and coastline through our Surf Clubs from Helensburgh Stanwell Park to Windang.

Our members patrol our beaches, educate and train both new and existing Life Savers and members of the general public. We also train and develop our young members, conduct public safety campaigns and the promote of health and fitness.

With over 8,000 members and 17 affiliated surf life saving clubs, Surf Life Saving Illawarra is part of the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia.

The majority of our services are provided by surf lifesavers who complete surf patrols voluntarily on weekends, and public holidays.

We also have a dedicated crew of volunteers who are part of our Support Operations who are an on call 24/7 emergency response team..

Provisional Rescue Stats for 2016/17 Season:

  • Rescues – 209
  • Preventative Actions – 9063
  • First Aid – 602 (includes fractures,dislocations,lacerations,spinal incidents,marine stings,heat stress)
  • Ambulances – 15
  • Beach Attendance – 320 299 (Sunday & Public Holidays only)
  • Emergency Callouts Illawarra- 0
  • Coastal Drownings Illawarra – 2 (after hours)
  • Coastal Drownings NSW – 33

Surf Life Saving is a not-for-profit movement that exists only through community donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship.

We are an active part of Australian local communities. Our movement prides itself on offering mateship, education, experience and in doing so gives back to the community.

For people young and old, Surf Life Saving inspires a positive and uniquely Australian attitude. Because every member, every club, the entire movement, embraces and promotes a ‘can do’ attitude to life. It protects life, it saves life, it promotes life.

Coastal Safety Report

Surf Life Saving NSW’s inaugural NSW Coastal Safety Report aims to provide information and data about coastal safety in NSW to help inform decisions across the state that will result in the reduction of drowning deaths.

This publication will be a valuable resource for our members, government, sponsors, partners, researches, water safety agencies, community groups and the media to inform them about key drowning data and interventions. This report also highlights the capabilities of our surf lifesaving operations in NSW and demonstrates our commitment to water safety.

Download Surf Life Saving NSW Coastal Safety Report (pdf, 4.2mb)


Latest News


2017/18 Surf Sports Development Program | 1st September 2017

Are you interested in participating in the 2017/18 Surf Sports Development Program ? Click the below link to get all the information. Training commences Monday 4 September 2017 @ 4:30pm. Circular 1711 - 2017-18 ... Read full news post


Circulars & Memos | 5th July 2017

Welcome to the Circulars & Memos section of our website. All these circulars, memos and bulletins are also available on the SLSA Members Portal. Surf Life Saving Illawarra Branch Circulars & Memos: July 201 ... Read full news post


SLSA Circular: IT Start of Season Procedures | 10th September 2016

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