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Surf Lifesaving Tasmania

Our movement is a part of the history, fabric and future of this country. It represents the lifestyle, values and beliefs of the Australian culture. It protects life, it saves life and it promotes life.

About Us

Surf Life Saving in Tasmania is a volunteer based not-for-profit community service association and is a key agency for aquatic safety in Tasmania. SLST supports the Tasmanian Police with inland, inshore and offshore search and rescue services state wide.

SLST provides an essential educational and emergency rescue service to all users of Tasmanian beaches and water ways and plays a fundamental role in building healthy communities.

Surf Rescue

Since 1907 volunteer surf lifesavers have been providing patrols on popular beaches.

Training, equipment and techniques have changed over the years but the vision of ‘Saving Lives in the Water’ has not.

Patrol teams with a range of qualifications, skills and experience work together to provide a safe area for people to enjoy and be there as a first response in case something goes wrong.

Marine Rescue

In September 2011 all Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, Sea Rescue, Marine Rescue groups affiliated with SLST to form Volunteer Marine Rescue and extend our holistic services to an inland, inshore and offshore search and rescue service.

There are 7 groups around the state that respond to boating and search and rescue incidents.  Volunteers are required to assist with radio rooms, crew and skipper vessels.

This is a great way to also gain sea time for commercial maritime qualifications.
Emergency Response Teams

SLST’s Regional Emergency Response Teams provide an after-hours callout service to complement and support emergency services through advanced aquatic skills and use of specialised first aid and rescue equipment during times of need.

Advanced skills and training are offered with regional search and rescue exercises for the teams.

Rapid Response Teams

Multi-skilled and highly qualified SLST members form our Rapid Response Team that when requested can respond statewide utilising a range of first response, first aid and search and rescue equipment until other emergency services arrive.

This group primarily uses Rescue Water Craft (RWC’s) or modified personal water craft.

More Information

If you, or someone you know, would like more information about becoming a volunteer with Surf Life Saving Tasmania:

 phone 6222 6555


 go to

 or visit your local Surf Life Saving Club (see website for detailed list).

Join Now

Fill in the expression of interest form if you would like us to contact you with further information on joining Surf Lifesaving Tasmania as a volunteer.

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An initiative of Tasmania’s emergency service agencies and Volunteering Tasmania with assistance from the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department.

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