Safety in Surf Life Saving
Surf Life Saving is a unique organisation whose trained volunteers and paid lifeguards have kept our beaches safe for more than 100
The nature of surf lifesaving activity requires the learning of new skills. Surf lifesavers are often involved in emergency situations
where they encounter significant environmental challenges such as large seas, rips and other dangerous water conditions. They are
also often required to use heavy gear and equipment to fulfi l their duties. And of course, the majority of these activities take place
under the harsh Australian sun, meaning they must reduce the likelihood of harmful sun exposure.
As part of Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA’s) health and safety commitment, this brochure outlines some of the safety issues
involved in surf lifesaving. It is therefore an important tool in preventing injury and illness to you, our members.
SLSA has a range of policies and procedures for members and employees involved in surf lifesaving activities. These policies are
updated from time to time and the most recent version can be found on the SLSA website. They include:
The Australian Coastal Public Safety Guidelines
SLSA have also developed The Australian Coastal Public Safety Guidelines that provides a useful resource for Club Management on
safety and wellbeing in a coastal and beach environment. Relevant guidelines which could be of assistance include:
As a member of surf lifesaving you may at some stage be involved in what’s called a Critical Incident. As part of our Duty of Care, Surf
Life Saving has produced this pamphlet to assist members who are exposed to critical events.
The SLSA Health and Safety Guides
The four guides in this series are designed to provide you with the tools you need to manage your club or service safely.
The four guides include:
Volume 1 will get you started with an overview of health and safety issues within Surf Lifesaving. It will provide you with a snapshot of
what you need to do across the many areas of practice and legislation. This guide is aimed at club officers, patrol captains and training
Volume 2 has the theory and tools you need to conduct a risk assessment of your club or service. The guide is designed for the
club/service risk assessor.
Volume 3 provides supplementary information such as building evacuation plans, manual handling, hazardous substances etc. along
with other information that will assist the safety officer.
Volume 4 provides information on Special Event Sanctioning and Management. It provides the application forms and templates
required to gain approval for a special event