Membership update of Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST)

Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) has made a significant decision concerning the membership affiliation of certain Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) units.

In light of the recent formation of Volunteer Marine Rescue Tasmania Inc. (VMRT),  the SLST Board recognises the constructive resignation of four VMR units: Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue, St Helens Marine Rescue, Sea Rescue Tasmania, and Ulverstone Volunteer Marine Rescue, which are now represented by this new entity.

Following the dissociation of these four units, they will no longer be affiliated with or operate under the SLST umbrella. They may continue their operations independently, subject to their own agreements and arrangements.

In its role as the peak body, SLST will continue its close collaboration with Tasmania Police, and remains committed to the provision of agreed volunteer search and rescue assistance and support services through our affiliated VMR units and surf life saving clubs. SLST remains dedicated to providing an effective rescue response, aligned to the service profile needs of Tasmania Police.

Emergency response to the Tasmanian community will continue to be provided by Tasmania Police through their marine division, rescue helicopter, and use of Tasmanian Maritime Radio which can request assistance from nearby commercial and recreational vessels.

SLST remains deeply committed to public safety and maintaining the high standards of integrity for which it is known. With 18 affiliates, including 15 Surf Life Saving Clubs, three Volunteer Marine Rescue units, and three support services, SLST is a key part of Tasmania's emergency response and community service landscape.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit charity with a mission to "save lives, create great Australians, and build stronger communities."


Tony van den Enden
CEO, Surf Life Saving Tasmania