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patrol6Over the last 20 years, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has re-positioned itself from being a sporting organisation that promoted beach safety, to a humanitarian organisation that holds sporting events.

MacMasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club prides itself upon its consistently safe patrol duties each season. It is numbered among those clubs who are able to claim “no lives lost” while patrols were on duty.

An iconic sight on Australian beaches for more than a century, volunteer surf lifesavers are recognised world-wide and provide a unique community service.

 

Surf lifesavers are easily recognised by the famous red and yellow cap, and their bright red and yellow uniforms.

 

Emergency Response System

MacMasters Beach Surf Life Savers are trained at the club following the Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW practices in education, prevention, emergency care and rescue to ultimately meet our vision of ‘zero’ preventable deaths and injuries on the beach.

Coordinated through MacMasters Beach Surf Lifesaving club and ultimately the SLS NSW State Operations Centre, our lifesavers have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives.

Incidents range from swimmers in distress, rockfishing mishaps, shark attacks, searches for missing persons, offshore boating accidents, coastal aircraft crashes, lost kayakers or medical emergencies. Mostly incidents occur from simply not swimming between the flags and listening to the directions of those on patrol.

 

Project Blueprint

Surf Life Saving NSW has embarked on a major project to help reduce coastal drowning deaths by assessing every beach and rock platform in NSW over the next few years.

Through the NSW Water Safety Black Spot Fund, Surf Life Saving NSW is using the expertise of Australian Coastsafe, a wholly-owned business unit of Surf Life Saving Australia, to complete the project.

An average of 92 people drown in Australian coastal waters every year. New South Wales (NSW) accounts for almost 50% of the national coastal drowning toll. Project Blueprint hopes to contribute to meeting the States goal of a 50% reduction in drowning deaths by the year 2020.