Gear and Equipment

Welcome to the Gear and Equipment section of the website. In this section you will find:

Gear and Equipment Updates

Gear and Equipment Manual

Download SLSNSW Gear & Equipment Manual (pdf, 1.36MB)

Download SLSA Gear & Equipment Manual (pdf, 2.18MB)

Coastal Radio Network

Surf Life Saving NSW own and operate an analogue UHF Coastal Radio Network for Lifesaving Services in NSW. We currently have a total of 45 repeaters and or translators that provide radio coverage to all 150 patrolled locations in the state.

As per the 2013 Coastal Radio Network Review Panel, SLSNSW will be moving towards a digital network over the next few years. Clubs and services are encouraged to start to purchase DMR tier II radios which are compatible with the current network and will also be able to be used when the network goes digital.

Phase 1 of the digital rollout has occurred in the Mid North Coast Branch and a trial will be conducted in the 2015/2016 lifesaving season. Full state-wide roll out will occur after this season over the next few years.

For information about suggested makes of radios to purchase please refer to the SLSNSW Gear and Equipment Manual above.

Summary of radio network status:

Far North Coast
North Coast
Mid North Coast
Lower North Coast
Central Coast
Sydney Northern Beaches
South Coast
Far South Coast

Vessel Registrations

Under NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) regulations it is illegal to operate an unregistered vessel. SLSNSW holds a special exemption which allows clubs/branches to register their vessels internally (with SLSNSW) – saving considerable workload on members. Please see outline of process below;

Existing vessels: Complete an Annual Gear and Equipment Inspection of the vessel. Club to log details on SurfGuard.

Existing vessels which are not on SurfGuard: Complete the ‘SLSNSW Vessel Registration Application Form’ and return to SLSNSW. Clubs are required to update information in SurfGuard.

New vessels: Complete the ‘SLSNSW Vessel Registration Application Form’ and return to SLSNSW. SLSNSW will issue a vessel registration number (SR number). Clubs are required to update information in SurfGuard.

Vessels being sold or disposed of: Complete the ‘Transfer of Vessel Registration Form’ and return to SLSNSW. Remove SR numbers and SLS signage before selling or disposing of vessel. Clubs are required to update information in SurfGuard.


Lifesavers are often primary responders to emergencies where a patient is in significant pain. Some of these incidents occur at relatively isolated locations where paramedic assistance can be some time away. The administration of basic pain management (Methoxyflurane) can add value to service provision in some areas where there is a proven need.

Clubs/Services wishing to stock and use Methoxyflurane must apply to Surf Life Saving New South Wales utilising the below form. Forms should be sent to Lachlan Wild.