Our Mission

To save lives, create great Australians and build healthy and safe communities.

Tasmania is an island with an extensive, accessible coastline. There are 1.269 accessible mainland beaches and 348 on the 5 main islands off the Tasmanian coastline. SLST exists to develop practices in education, prevention and rescue, to meet a target of zero preventable drowning and to set the benchmark for aquatic rescue in Tasmania.

How do we fulfil our mission?  

The majority of our services are provided by trained volunteers, who are members of our surf life saving clubs and marine rescue units. Our volunteers help provide safer aquatic environments for the community to enjoy in a variety of ways:

  • Volunteer patrols and callouts;
  • Lifeguard services for councils, schools and community events;
  • Community education, water safety awareness and participation events;
  • Community events such as the Falls Festival, Dark MOFO Winter Solstice Swim and triathlons.

SLST's Vision

Zero preventable deaths in Tasmanian waters.

SLST's Purpose

To enable all Tasmanians and visitors to enjoy our aquatic environments safely.

SLST's Core Values

  1. Safety
  2. Diversity
  3. Inclusiveness
  4. Teamwork
  5. Respectfulness

Strategic Pillars

  • Save Lives
  • Develop and support our people
  • Grow and sustain our movement
  • Engage the community

SLST Strategic Plan - 2022 - 2025

In 2020-21 the SLST Board of Directors undertook the development of the 2022-25 Strategic Plan.  Many of the Strategic Plans ideas, priorities and inspiration are drawn from the contributions made by SLST's Board, State Council, State Officers, Executive Committees, Staff and members.  The Strategic Plan also reflects SLST's role as the State's peak volunteer aquatic and coastal safety drowning prevention and rescue authority.  

View the SLST Strategic Plan