In an emergency, fast action saves lives.

Volunteer lifesavers never know what situations they might face each day on patrol – but the generosity of our extraordinary community means they have the knowledge and confidence to respond quickly and expertly in an emergency.

It’s crucial that every volunteer of every patrol along the West Aussie coast receives the skills, first aid training and equipment they need to act fast and save lives. And we need your help to make sure they receive it.

Please send your gift today so our amazing surf lifesavers can be trained and ready to keep us in safe hands.

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My Beach

When Ian suffered a heart attack on Perth’s City Beach, the swift actions of West Aussie surf life-saving volunteers saved his life.

Ian was competing in the final race of the Indian Ocean Paddlers summer series from Swanbourne to Sorrento when he started to lose feeling in his arms.

As his condition worsened, he decided to paddle towards City Beach, where he knew there were surf lifesavers on patrol.

“By the time I got to the beach, I had an extremely tight chest and laboured breathing. I remember thinking to myself that if this was a heart attack that it wasn’t the way I wanted to go. I thought about my kids, wife and family and hoped that things wouldn’t get worse.”

As soon as the City Beach 16 Patrol heard someone was in trouble, they sprang into action.

Patrol Captain Montana Ardon, her sister Maddy, and fellow lifesaver Kate Olver rushed to the scene. They found Ian lying by the water’s edge. After assessing the situation, reassuring Ian and applying an oxygen mask, they called an ambulance.

Back at the club’s first aid room, they continued to supply oxygen and monitor Ian constantly for any changes to his situation.

When the ambulance arrived, paramedics confirmed that Ian was likely suffering from a heart attack and rushed him to hospital.

Once in the operating theatre, doctors found a blocked artery and inserted a stent. A few days later, Ian found out the long-term damage to his heart muscle was minimal, thanks to the expert care he received on the beach from the lifesavers, and how quickly they called the ambulance.

Ian is one of the 2,893 West Australians who receive first aid on our beaches each year – and it’s thanks to Montana, Maddy, Kate – and YOU – that he is alive and well today. 

“First aid training really is the core of surf lifesaving. I can’t speak highly enough about the training we get. There’s a lot of work behind what we do so that whenever the public need us, we’re there and ready to help.” – Montana

In an emergency, skilled and fast action saves lives.

Trained lifesavers don’t just help people when they’re on duty – they’re always ready to help when people need it, so their training is a wonderful gift from you to the entire WA community.

Please send a gift today so our amazing lifesavers can keep us in safe hands on our magnificent West Aussie beaches.