Surf lifesavers are iconic Australians. You see their reassuring presence on the beach when you go for a swim. You admire their skill and athleticism as they race through the waves. Even if you are not on the beach there are plenty of ways that you can support our red and yellow heroes without even getting your toes wet.
Why Support Surf Life Saving?
Support us and you can help save a life.
It’s simple, by supporting our volunteer surf lifesavers you directly ensure that Queensland’s beaches are a safer place to swim. With over 30 million visitors to Queensland’s beaches every year, Surf Life Saving Queensland is continually striving to make our marine environment as safe as possible.
How can I support Surf Life Saving?
You can make a difference and help in many ways including:
What is the Surf Life Saving Foundation?
The Surf Life Saving Foundation is the national fundraising arm of Surf Life Saving in Australia. Established in 1997, the Foundation has grown to support surf lifesaving services in Queensland by garnering community support through the Surf Life Saving Lottery, regular giving programs, and fundraising and beneficiary events.
Visit the Surf Life Saving Foundation's website.
Where your money goes ….
Queensland has 35,000 km of coastline with over 700 accessible beaches. That’s a massive area for our volunteer lifesavers from 59 clubs across the state to watch over.
Your donation contributes directly to purchasing rescue gear and equipment, providing training for volunteer lifesavers and educating the community to prevent surf-related incidents.
The cost of providing this service is only possible thanks to the wonderful support of the community and your donation, no matter what size, will help Surf Life Saving Queensland save thousands of lives this year.
Rescue Gear and Equipment
Purchasing and maintaining rescue gear and equipment is the single biggest cost to running lifesaving services in Australia. Constant exposure to sun, sand and salt water means that equipment requires ongoing maintenance and eventual replacement.
Some of the costs associated with servicing our beaches and keeping beachgoers safe include:
Surf Life Saving is one of the largest growing volunteer organisations in Australia and our members are among the most highly trained in the world. Each fully-qualified member you see patrolling on the beach holds their Bronze Medallion - a certification which involves over 40 hours of training and assessment. Our members are trained in CPR, rescue techniques, fitness and first aid, and are tested annually to ensure they remain proficient. The cost for training a surf lifesaver is $850, a small price to pay for keeping visitors to our beaches safe.
Surf lifesavers are the first port of call on the beach for injuries great and small. From marine stings to cuts and abrasions, every year lifesavers in Queensland perform over 10,000 first aid treaments. Community support ensures that our lifesavers are fully equipped and ready on the beach to offer medical assistance when required.
Surf Life Saving Queensland is committed to educating the community about beach safety and staying safe in the surf. Our organisation is about saving lives and education is always the best prevention. On and off the beach, Surf Life Saving Queensland is working hard to encourage people to enjoy our beautiful beaches by swimming between the red and yellow flags and being aware of the hazards you can find on our shores.
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