In Western Australia, Surf Life Saving has its origins at Cottesloe beach, where the first WA Surf Life Saving Club was formed in 1909. Since these humble beginnings, volunteer lifesavers have saved more than 600,000 lives.
Lifesaving has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, with over 310 Surf Life Saving Clubs around Australia now in operation, including 31 in Western Australia.
Today, in WA alone, more than 5000 trained volunteer surf lifesavers commit their weekends and public holidays to patrol our coastline and keep beachgoers safe. This accounts for more than 100,000 hours a year. It’s easy to see how our people know the beach best!
Lifesavers wear easily identified red and yellow uniforms with SURF RESCUE clearly written on the front and back of the shirt.
Next time you are at the beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim between them. Remember, if our lifesavers can’t see you, they can’t save you.