How we work

Surf Life Saving is a community-funded movement that relies on the donations of people like you to ensure our volunteer surf lifesavers have the training and equipment needed to keep our beaches safe.

Lifesavers pulling on red and yellow caps

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A Foundation for our heroes of the surf

Everyone you see in a red and yellow surf lifesaver shirt and cap at the beach is a volunteer. They give their time generously to ensure Australia’s beaches are kept safe and visitors return home to their loved ones. 

The Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) was formed to support the rescue and education efforts of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA). We’ve developed innovative ways to help raise funds for the Foundation, including peer-to-peer fundraising, workplace giving, the Innovation Fund, Rescue Fund and Surf Life Saving Lotteries.

Our Current appeals

We only exist because of donations from people like you. Through our appeals you can help support the vital work of our Lifesavers.

Why do we need your support?


Beach visits each year

1.75 million

Preventative actions by surf lifesavers


Rescues performed annually 


Single beach patrol cost

How does your donation help?

Your kind donations help fund volunteer surf lifesaver training, rescue gear and equipment, and allow us to undertake beach safety research and education initiatives.

Innovation Fund

The focus of the SLS Innovation Fund is to enhance services and develop new products to serve the water safety market.

Grant Seeking Unit

The Grant Seeking Unit aims to maximise Surf Life Saving’s access to private and government grant funding across Australia.

Rescue Fund

The Surf Life Saving Rescue Fund is a charitable investment scheme operated by The Surf Life Saving Foundation.

The Surf Life Saving Constitution

The Surf Life Saving Foundation Constitution contains information regarding the Foundation, its Members, Board, Directors, procedures and by-law.