From humble beginnings in Sydney in 1973 as a basic beach surveillance and rescue service, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has developed into the largest non-profit Aviation Search and Rescue service in Australia.

Rapid response to all forms of life-threatening emergencies.

“The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is our eyes in the sky, allowing Surf Life Saving to patrol a vast area of the Australian coastline”.


Its aircraft and rescue crews respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through a medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters can be found in Sydney, Moruya on the NSW south coast, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.


Your donation keeps this lifesaving equipment in the air.



Karabiners are as crucial to a rescue as the helicopter itself!


Defibrillator pads are the difference between life and death


Wetsuits are vital for visibility of the team & for cold water rescues


Switlik life-vests keep the team afloat during complex rescues


Major national partner

Where does my money go? Can even a small donation help? Your questions answered.

Absolutely! Every single donation you make helps us to save more lives on the beach.

Every year millions of people visit our beaches, and thousands of these visitors find themselves in urgent need of a life saving rescue. This is what we are here for, to keep your family and friends safe in the water.

Your support today will ensure that millions of adults and children who visit the beach go home safely.
Australia and its related islands have over 11,500 beaches dispersed along more than 50,000km of coastline, attracting an estimated 500+ million visits every year. Our volunteer surf lifesavers are always kept busy. We have over 180,000 volunteers from over 315 different surf clubs across Australia, and with the help of your generous donations, they make sure that Australia has some of the safest beaches in the world.

Did you know?
- It costs at least $850 to train a new volunteer to Bronze Medallion standard. Surf lifesavers are trained in First Aid, CPR and rescue techniques. Importantly, all of our lifesavers must continue to refresh and update their skills.

- Rescue gear and equipment are some of the largest costs associated with providing lifesaving services throughout Australia. A full life saving patrol can cost up to $80,000.

- Prevention is better than cure, and the best way to save lives at the beach is by teaching people how to stay out of danger. We run campaigns on how to spot rips and what to do if you are caught in one (swim parallel to the shore!).

No matter what area your donation goes towards, you can be sure that it will make a vital contribution to saving lives.
Surf Life Saving WA conducts its own independent fundraising to support Western Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs. The Surf Life Saving Foundation raises funds for distribution in all other jurisdictions.

You can contact Surf Life Saving WA via:

PO Box 700
Balcatta WA 6914
Tel: 08 9207 6666

Could you give regularly?

As well as training new volunteer surf lifesaver, your monthly donation helps repair and replace the equipment that constant exposure to the sun and sea can damage. As a Guardian of the Surf your monthly donation ensures that we are rescue-ready at a moment’s notice. You would be the silent hero behind every life saved.

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