The BeachSafe website is brought to you by Surf Life Saving Australia as part of our continued commitment to Education and Safety in the aquatic environment.

Our website brings to you current information and conditions for the beach you would like to visit, hazards you might find and services available to assist in your beach choice to let you relax and enjoy your activities during your stay.

Understanding the ocean is extremely important - the more you know about how waves, wind and tides affect conditions in the water, the better able you are to keep yourself safe, or even rescue others, from danger. Recognising danger signs and awareness of surf conditions is a means of prevention and an essential part of lifesaving.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is a geographically dispersed organisation which incorporates 311 local surf lifesaving clubs, 17 regional branches in NSW and Queensland, and seven state and territory centres.

SLSA continues to grow its voluntary membership, enhancing the organisation through cultural diversity and provide our communities the opportunity to enjoy a safe and healthy environment at the beach.

Membership of SLSA provides access to comprehensive, nationally-accredited, surf lifesaving training, the option to compete in surf carnivals at local, branch, state, national and international levels, as well as the protection of our insurance and other policies.

Continued research by our member groups, partners and volunteers enables Surf Life Saving Australia to provide the most up to date safety related information about our aquatic and coastal environment.

SLSA is a foundation member of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), through which it maintains contacts with other ‘lifesaving nations’, and develops lifesaving expertise around the globe, as part of SLSA’s broader international humanitarian efforts as a non government organisation (NGO).

Rip Currents

Rip currents are strong currents of water flowing away from shore through the surf zone. They are a strong force and on any give day, there are about 17,000 rips at beaches around Australia. To find out more about recognising a rip current and what to do if you are caught in a rip, visit the Beachsafe website.

Public Education

Community education plays a vital role in aquatic safety. SLSA provides a number of courses that help understand the surf along with community courses in first aid and resuscitation. 

Ensuring the Safety of Our Youth

A large part of the Australian way of life is enjoying the beach and everything it has to offer. However a beach can pose many risks, including some that cannot be seen by the untrained eye. Surf lifesaving teaches children everything they need to know to ensure that they can keep themselves and their friends safe. Read more on our nippers page.

Want to learn more and get involved?

Getting involved in surf lifesaving is a great way to learn more and to increase your aquatic safety skills helping make swimming in the surf a safer pastime. There is something for everyone.