On The Warne Path

Wed 20 Sep 2017

While many of the state’s surf sport stars were taking advantage of a rare off-season to recharge ahead of another busy summer campaign, Cudgen’s Anthea Warne wasn’t one of them.

Board Riders All Class At State Champs

Tue 12 Sep 2017

Mother Nature didn’t always co-operate but that didn’t stop the 100 competitors who braved the surf at the NSW Board Riding Championships last weekend from making the most of the challenging conditions as they eyed off state glory.

Board Riders Prepare For State Champs

Thu 7 Sep 2017

Lifesaving’s best surf board riders will swap patrol uniforms for wetsuits when they take to Birubi Point’s famous break for their shot at glory when the 2017 Surf Life Saving State Board Riding Championships get underway tomorrow.

Hazardous Surf Warning for NSW Waters

Wed 30 Aug 2017

Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users are being urged to be cautious in and around the water as a forecast for hazardous conditions on Thursday has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Junior Development Athletes Named

Tue 29 Aug 2017

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to confirm the participants for the 2017 Junior Development Academy Program.

Hazardous Surf Forecast For NSW Waters

Fri 18 Aug 2017

Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users are being urged to exercise caution in the water this weekend as the forecast of hazardous conditions prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning to beachgoers.

Lifesavers Show Class In Pool

Fri 11 Aug 2017

It was a successful return from the state’s top pool rescue athletes as they dove into the Australian Pool Rescue Championships held in Adelaide last weekend.

Sheridan Snags Lifeguard Crown

Wed 9 Aug 2017

It’s been a highly successful summer patrolling beaches across northern NSW for Jai Sheridan who was crowned Lifeguard of the Year at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence in Sydney last Saturday night.

Byron Nipper Shows Her Class

Wed 9 Aug 2017

As the curtain finally falls down on her time in Nippers, Matilda Shirley can reflect on a journey that has taken her across three states and culminated in the prestigious title of Female Junior Life Saver of the Year.

Lifesavers Scrub Up For Awards of Excellence

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Over 300 of the state’s finest surf lifesavers took time out away from the ocean on Saturday night to celebrate a successful season at a glittering ceremony in Sydney.

NSW Lifesavers Eye National Glory

Thu 3 Aug 2017

It’s expected to be a busy weekend of competition for the large contingent of NSW athletes who have their sights on success as they compete at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide from Friday.

NSW Youngsters Selected To Compete In NZ

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to confirm the selections for the 2017 NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development team who will tour New Zealand in October.

Profile of the Month: Garry Meredith

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Our profile of the month for July is Garry Meredith from Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC. For over 36 years Garry has proudly worn the red and yellow and has proved to be a very dedicated and skilled Far North Coast surf lifesaver.

Vale Max Godbee OAM

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to hear of the passing of Life Member Max Godbee OAM who had an illustrious 65 year career as a Yamba surf lifesaver as well as being a pillar of his beloved Clarence Valley community.

Wintry Swell To Make Presence Felt

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and recreational boat users are being urged to exercise caution in the water as the forecast of large surf conditions from Saturday prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning about the hazardous conditions.

Beach Safety Important Festival Goers Warned

Thu 20 Jul 2017

As thousands of festival revellers from as far away as Southern NSW and Queensland prepare to make their annual pilgrimage to Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass from tomorrow, Surf Lifesavers have issued a warning that alcohol, drugs and swimming can be a deadly combination.

Finalists Announced For SLSNSW Awards

Wed 19 Jul 2017

It’s almost time to celebrate the commitment and heroic actions of the season’s most outstanding volunteer surf lifesavers at the 2017 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

NSW Announces Pool Rescue Team

Wed 19 Jul 2017

The state’s best pool rescue swimmers have been selected to compete at the 2017 Interstate Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide next month.

Lifesavers Shine At National IRB Championships

Tue 18 Jul 2017

NSW surf lifesavers showed they have the skill to challenge the country’s best after coming away with impressive results at the Interstate and Australian IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Championships at Cudgen Headland SLSC on the state’s Far North Coast last weekend.

NSW Lifesavers Race Against Country's Best

Thu 13 Jul 2017

After a thrilling conclusion to the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) season, crews have been preparing to take on the nation’s fastest surf lifesavers at the 2017 Interstate and Australian IRB Championships starting Friday on the NSW Far North Coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW Appoints Steven Pearce As New CEO

Tue 11 Jul 2017

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced emergency services professional Steven Pearce as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Lifesavers Primed To Make A Splash

Wed 5 Jul 2017

Close to 350 of the state’s best surf lifesavers will trade the beach for the pool in Sydney this weekend as they battle for medals and glory at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships.

Kiama Downs Crowned Champions

Mon 3 Jul 2017

Kiama Downs SLSC has put on a dominant display to claim their second NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Championship in a row at South West Rocks SLSC over the weekend.

Lifesavers Prepare For NSW Championships

Mon 26 Jun 2017

The curtain will fall on the NSW IRB racing season this weekend when the best from around the state travel to South West Rocks for what is set to be a gruelling weekend of IRB racing at the NSW Championships.

NSW Names Rubber Ducky Team

Fri 16 Jun 2017

There’s no question that speed will be the aim of the game when NSW surf lifesavers takes to the ocean at the Interstate Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships at Cudgen Headland SLSC next month.

Lifesavers Achieve Sport Awards

Thu 8 Jun 2017

Surf lifesavers from the North Coast of NSW have been recognised at the annual ClubsNSW North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) awards.

Strong Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Tue 30 May 2017

Powerful conditions forecast for NSW waters from tomorrow have prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for those farewelling the last of the autumn sun to be careful when participating in any water based activity.

New Directors Join Board of SLSNSW

Tue 9 May 2017

Surf Life Saving NSW has welcomed four new board members who were elected at the annual meeting on 6 May, 2017.

Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags

Wed 19 Apr 2017

Volunteer surf lifesavers will lower the flags on NSW beaches this Tuesday 25 April after an action-packed and demanding season, which began back in September.

Junior Lifesavers Crowned NSW Best

Thu 13 Apr 2017

It’s been a memorable day for two young lifesavers who capped off their Nipper careers in impressive style by winning the Junior Lifesaver of the Year award (JLOTY) in Sydney on Thursday.

Lifesavers Urge Easter Safety

Thu 13 Apr 2017

With most of the state expected to earn a brief respite from the rain and wind over the Easter weekend, volunteer surf lifesavers are gearing up for a busy period on the beach.

Demanding Summer For Lifesavers

Wed 12 Apr 2017

As the patrol season begins to wind down for the 2016/17 season, lifesavers can look back on what has been another busy summer for those tasked with protecting our beaches.

United Front For Water Safety Bodies

Tue 11 Apr 2017

A difficult summer where more than 20 people drowned in lakes, rivers, pools, and the beach prompted an unprecedented show of co-operation between the state’s water safety bodies.

Lifeguards Return For Easter Patrol

Tue 11 Apr 2017

With Easter looming on the horizon, and school holidays commencing this week Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) are gearing up for a busy period on beaches across NSW.

Athletes Master Aussies

Fri 31 Mar 2017

The state’s best Masters competitors showed they’ve lost none of their class with an outstanding medal return at the recently completed Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held on the Gold Coast writes Kirstie Holway.

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Thu 30 Mar 2017

A developing weather system off the NSW Coastline has prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water over the next few days.

Open Athletes Have Eyes On The Prize

Tue 28 Mar 2017

The wait is nearly over for the best surf sport athletes in NSW as they make their final preparations for the 2017 Australian Championships that get underway on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

NSW Youth Fire Up At Aussies

Mon 27 Mar 2017

It was a stunning start to the 2017 Australian Championships for the NSW based competitors with the youth athletes returning from Queensland with plenty of medals in their possession.

Masters Set For Aussies Tilt

Mon 27 Mar 2017

Fresh from their success at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships earlier this month, a dedicated contingent of Master competitors will be in action when competition kicks off at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast from Monday.

NSW Youth Primed For Aussies Raid

Fri 24 Mar 2017

Over 300 of the finest young surf sport athletes from across NSW will be gunning for glory when the National Titles get underway on the Gold Coast from tomorrow.

New Life Members Honoured At State Champs

Wed 22 Mar 2017

It was a day to remember at the recent NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach for a group of distinguished lifesavers who were presented to the wider movement as the latest inductees of the exclusive club of State Life Members.

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Fri 17 Mar 2017

A developing weather system off the NSW coastline has prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water over the next few days.

Solid Return For Northern Lifesavers

Thu 16 Mar 2017

Competitors from across the Far North and North Coast Branches enjoyed a successful time at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships held at Blacksmiths Beach last weekend returning with a number of medals and enhanced reputations.

State Champs Sign Off With Super Sunday

Sun 12 Mar 2017

There wasn’t a cloud in the dazzlingly blue sky as the final medals of the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships were decided at Blacksmiths Beach on Sunday.

Beach Stars Light Up Track

Sat 11 Mar 2017

A full program of Beach Events and a number of team Water Events headlined a scintillating second day of action at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships at Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie on Saturday.

Opens Shine On Day One

Fri 10 Mar 2017

They may have had to wait a few hours for competition to commence, but the Open athletes certainly showed their skills in the surf on an exciting first day of action at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach on Friday.

Masters Enjoy A Rockin’ Time

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Action moved from the sand to the surf on a sensational second and final day of the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Blacksmiths Beach on Thursday.

Northern Nippers Shine At State Champs

Wed 8 Mar 2017

It’s shaping up to be an exciting future for Surf Sports in Northern NSW with plenty of encouraging results from the young surf lifesavers who made the journey to Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie for the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships last weekend.

Swansea Primed For Masterclass

Wed 8 Mar 2017

Past friendships will be renewed and that competitive rivalry which has never quite faded is sure to be on display when the Masters Athletes take Blacksmiths Beach for the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships on Wednesday morning.

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Sun 5 Mar 2017

A developing weather system off the NSW Coastline has prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water over the next few days.

State Age Champs Gets Off To A Flyer

Fri 3 Mar 2017

Manly’s quest for their eighth straight Age Championship got off on the right foot with the Sydney Northern Beach based club surging to a narrow lead on the first day of the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach on Friday.

State's Best Youngsters Ready For Championships

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Over 2,500 youngsters will be hoping to make their mark at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships, which gets underway from Friday at Swansea Belmont SLSC, Lake Macquarie.

Lifesavers Gearing Up For Heatwave

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Extreme heatwave conditions across much of NSW have volunteer surf lifesavers bracing for what could be one of the busiest weekends of the season.

Cudgen Headland Whitewash at Country Champs

Sun 5 Feb 2017

The Far North Coast juggernaut from Cudgen Headland SLSC has obliterated the competition at the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks this weekend.

Country Champs Kicks Off

Sat 4 Feb 2017

More than 1400 surf lifesavers and thousands more spectators and officials took to the water and sand at South West Rocks for Day One of the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

Athletes Eager For Country Champs

Wed 1 Feb 2017

The wait is almost over for the 1400 surf lifesavers who will be contesting the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships which get underway at South West Rocks from this Saturday.

Water Authorities Stand United In Safety Message Plea

Tue 24 Jan 2017

After a horror holiday period which resulted in the drowning deaths of at least 20 people, water authorities across New South Wales have united to deliver a strong safety message ahead of the Australia Day public holiday.

Strong Weekend Surf Expected Along NSW Coast

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution while in the water this weekend with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast expected from Saturday.

Scorching Temperatures Prompt Beach Safety Warnings

Tue 10 Jan 2017

An expected heatwave across much of NSW for at least the next few days as well as the recent spike in drownings over the festive season, has prompted surf lifesavers to issue a stark warning to those heading to the beach. Know how to beat the heat but stay safe at the same time.

Man Stung By Stingray At Byron Bay

Thu 5 Jan 2017

A Byron Bay local is recovering at home after an encounter with a stingray left him with an injured foot on Thursday

Big Summer of Surf Sports

Mon 19 Dec 2016

It’s shaping up to be another busy competition season for our surf sport athletes with a number of exciting events taking place across NSW.

Shark Nets Installed On North Coast Beaches

Mon 19 Dec 2016

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has installed shark nets at five locations across the Far North Coast for a six month trial as part of the government’s multi-million dollar commitment to shark management.

Water Safety is Everyone’s Priority

Mon 19 Dec 2016

For over 100 years volunteer surf lifesavers have taken pride in their role of keeping beachgoers safe as they enjoy all that our wonderful and diverse beaches have to offer.

Apps At Forefront Of Beach Safety

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Planning a day at the beach has never been easier and a bunch of new apps means that beachgoers are able to access up-to-the minute weather forecasts, information about surf conditions or find their nearest patrolled beach.

Lifesavers & Lifeguards Back On Beach for Summer

Mon 19 Dec 2016

With holiday time almost here, volunteer surf lifesavers and professional lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service are gearing up for another busy summer watching over our beautiful beaches.

Strong NSW Team Named For Interstate Champs

Thu 15 Dec 2016

Congratulations to the 24 elite athletes selected to compete for NSW at the 2017 Interstate Championships at Alexandra Headland SLSC on Friday 20 January.

North Coast Athletes Impress At Interbranch

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Representative surf athletes from the North Coast and Far North Coast teams enjoyed a bright start to summer over the weekend as they showcased their skills at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships held at The Lakes SLSC on the NSW Central Coast.

Sydney Claim Interbranch Title

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Sydney Branch has won the Interbranch Championships from their fierce rivals Sydney Northern Beaches after a very tense final day of competition at The Lakes SLSC.

Sydney Hold Narrow Lead At Interbranch

Sat 10 Dec 2016

It's just 29 points that separate Sydney and Sydney Northern Beaches heading into the final day of competition of the 2016 Interbranch Championships at The Lakes SLSC.

State's Best Ready For Interbranch Champs

Tue 6 Dec 2016

An elite team of representative athletes from all 11 NSW Surf Life Saving Branches will this weekend be fighting for bragging rights at the 2016 Interbranch Championships, which will be held at The Lakes SLSC on NSW’s Central Coast.

Lifesavers Sign Off On Beach To Bush

Mon 5 Dec 2016

Australia’s most popular primary aged surf education program has closed the books on another successful season with another 6,000 country students taking part in a lesson on surf safety from our volunteer lifesavers.

Life’s A Beach For Talented Runners

Wed 30 Nov 2016

Usain Bolt might be nearing retirement but the journey for the next generation of Australian beach athletes is just beginning as they were put through their paces at a special training clinic in Newport last weekend.

Schoolies Urged To Be Beach Safe

Fri 25 Nov 2016

With New South Wales high school leavers heading off on their schoolie adventures from tomorrow surf lifesavers are issuing a warning to those looking to cool off during the celebrations; alcohol and the ocean are a dangerous combination.

Young Lifesavers Learn To Lead

Thu 24 Nov 2016

Two dozen keen young surf lifesavers gathered in Sydney last week for an exciting and innovative program that improves their leadership skills and helped connect them with likeminded peers from around the state.

Beach Development Athletes Selected

Wed 23 Nov 2016

Congratulations to the 29 athletes who have been selected for the 2016 Beach Development Clinic.

Lifesavers Swap Patrol Caps For The Classroom

Tue 22 Nov 2016

Thousands of NSW country primary school students will this week get a taste of the beach from the perspective of a real lifesaver without having to leave the comfort of their classroom.

Recent Drownings Highlight Importance Of Lifejackets

Mon 21 Nov 2016

Following the death of two more rock fishers in NSW waters over the last week, surf lifesavers have again issued an appeal to the rock fishing community to always wear a lifejacket when undertaking the popular pastime.

Northern NSW Lifeguards Prepared For Testing Summer

Fri 18 Nov 2016

Beachgoers across the Far North Coast can be confident that the men and women from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) charged with keeping them safe over summer will be in top condition when they hit the beach for the peak patrolling season beginning next month.

Rock Fisher Drowns At Yamba

Thu 17 Nov 2016

Despite the best efforts of emergency responders including police, paramedics, and surf lifesavers, a man drowned on Wednesday evening while rock fishing at Yamba on the state’s North Coast.

Talented Water Athletes Put Through Paces

Tue 15 Nov 2016

With summer just around the corner a group of 28 of the state’s emerging water athletes ramped up their preparation for the new season at the 2016 Senior Performance Academy last weekend.

Statement on Ballina Boating Incident

Mon 14 Nov 2016

Surf Life Saving assets attended an incident on a catamaran at Ballina’s Mobbs Bay on Monday where they were involved in the attempted revival of a man thought to be in his 60s.

Landmark Coastal Safety Project Presented to Government

Tue 8 Nov 2016

Project Blueprint, the largest study of beach hazards, rock platforms and risks to the beach-going public ever undertaken in NSW has officially concluded with the presentation of the final reports to the NSW Government in Sydney today.

The Rise And Rise Of Nadi Canning

Fri 4 Nov 2016

The dream run of results in 2016 has continued for Cudgen Headland’s Nadi Canning with success over the short course of the Coolangatta Gold adding to her exceptional medal haul of 25 across major championships for the popular and well respected club member but as Andrea Malm discovers Canning is no overnight sensation.

Byron Bay Beaches Re-Open

Tue 25 Oct 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW can confirm that all beaches across Byron Bay have re-opened on Tuesday after a surfer aged in his 30s suffered lacerations to his leg following an encounter with a shark.

Beaches Closed After Byron Bay Shark Attack

Mon 24 Oct 2016

All beaches across Byron Bay including the patrolled Main Beach will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours after a surfer thought to be in his late 30s suffered lacerations to his leg when he encountered a shark on Monday.

NSW Lifesavers Recognised at National Awards

Sun 23 Oct 2016

The state’s dedicated volunteers continue to receive recognition at a national level with a number NSW surf lifesavers winning awards at the 2016 SLSA Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday.

Development Networking Program Participants Announced

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Congratulations to the 24 enthusiastic surf lifesavers who have been selected for the 2016 Development Networking Program to be held in Sydney next month.

Athletes Ready For Performance Academy

Wed 19 Oct 2016

Congratulations to the 29 athletes who have been selected for the 2016 Senior Performance Academy to be held next month at the Sydney Academy of Sport.

Ballina Beaches Re-open

Thu 13 Oct 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW can confirm that Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach, and Shelly Beach (Ballina) have all re-opened on Thursday.

Be Part of Surf Club Open Day This Sunday

Wed 12 Oct 2016

This Sunday 16 October, Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state will be inviting the public to take a look inside and see what being part of a surf club is all about.

Strong Surf Expected On NSW Coast

Wed 12 Oct 2016

Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution in the water with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast on Thursday.

Ballina Beaches Closed After Shark Encounter

Wed 12 Oct 2016

Beaches across the Ballina Shire have been closed for at least the next 24 hours after a surfer suffered lacerations to his leg following an encounter with a shark at Sharpes Beach on Wednesday.

Medals Galore For NSW At NZ Champs

Tue 11 Oct 2016

National pride was on the line last weekend as NSW's most gifted Under 18 Pool Rescue athletes battled it out against New Zealand's best surf lifesavers at the 2016 New Zealand Pool Championships.

Lifesavers Reveal Ripping Truth

Mon 10 Oct 2016

Surf Life Saving has launched a major national awareness campaign to alert the public to the true danger of rip currents.

Young Athletes Put Through Their Paces

Fri 7 Oct 2016

While their peers are relaxing during the school holiday break, a group of the state’s most promising ocean competitors traded books for swimsuits at an intensive camp designed to improve their skills and give an early insight into the life of an elite surf sport athlete.

Young Pool Guns Ready To Take On Kiwis

Wed 5 Oct 2016

After packing the essential swimmers, goggles, training equipment and passports, the NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development team even had room in their luggage for optimism as they gathered at Sydney International Airport on Wednesday morning for their flight to New Zealand.

Life’s Never Boarding For Far North Coast Lifesaver

Wed 28 Sep 2016

A chance visit to the island of Boracay in the Philippines back in 2013 as part of the Festival of the Wind Lifesaving Competition sparked a passion for helping develop the skills of lifesavers internationally for one North Coast club member.

Ballina Beaches Reopen Following Shark Attack

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW can confirm that Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach, and Shelly Beach (Ballina) have all reopened on Tuesday.

Ballina Beaches Closed After Shark Attack

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Beaches across the Ballina Shire have been closed with residents and visitors urged to avoid the area on Monday following a shark attack at Lighthouse Beach.

Shark Management An Ongoing Task

Fri 23 Sep 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW has been working closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) over the winter months to help implement the State Government’s multi-million shark management strategy.

Beach Signs Crucial To Public Safety

Fri 23 Sep 2016

In an ongoing effort to reduce the drowning toll, Surf Life Saving NSW has received funding from the Surf Life Saving Australia Beach Drowning Blackspot Reduction Program to use in a variety of innovative projects to further improve public awareness.

Surf Clubs Throw Open Doors

Fri 23 Sep 2016

On Sunday 16 October 89 surf clubs from across NSW will throw open their doors to the public to give an insight into the vital role that the modern day surf lifesaver plays within their community.

Lifesavers Return For New Season

Fri 23 Sep 2016

As NSW slowly emerged from the depths of winter, thousands of patrolling lifesavers from all over the state eagerly anticipated the coming spring when they could once again resume their task of keeping a watchful eye on our beautiful beaches.

Lifeguards Return To NSW Beaches

Fri 23 Sep 2016

Beachgoers looking to take advantage of a warm start to spring will be able to enjoy a swim at a patrolled beach thanks to the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) who will shortly be resuming patrols at beaches around NSW.

Rip Currents, Know Your Limitations

Thu 22 Sep 2016

The dangers of rip currents were brought into stark reality recently when an off-duty surf lifesaver together with a member of the public rescued three women caught in a rip off Cabarita Beach on the NSW Far North Coast.

Women Rescued From Cabarita Beach Rip

Tue 13 Sep 2016

A woman is recovering in hospital, while two others have been given a clean bill of health, after the trio were pulled out of a rip by an off duty surf lifesaver and a member of the public at Cabarita Beach on Tuesday.

Athletes Set For Junior Development Academy

Tue 13 Sep 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to confirm the athletes selected for the 2016 Junior Development Academy to be held at Sydney Academy of Sport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches next month.

SLSNSW Congratulates Olympians

Thu 25 Aug 2016

With the games of the 31st Olympiad officially coming to a close in Rio this week, Surf Life Saving NSW would like to acknowledge the efforts of those current and former members of the lifesaving community who took their talents to the world stage.

Lifesavers Surf Wave of Success

Mon 22 Aug 2016

Surf lifesavers from across the state took advantage of the late winter sunshine to contest the 2016 NSW Board Riding Championships on the Central Coast last weekend.

Board Riders Gear Up For State Glory

Tue 16 Aug 2016

Lifesaving’s best surf board riders will swap patrol uniforms for wetsuits as they take to the waves at Soldiers Beach on the NSW Central Coast from Friday for the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Board Riding Championships.

Top Honours For Talented Tweed Lifeguard

Mon 15 Aug 2016

It was a night to remember at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence for Tweed Valley Lifeguard Angus Macphail who was announced as Lifeguard of the Year at a gala ceremony in Sydney last Saturday.

NSW Lifesavers Celebrate Successful Season

Sat 13 Aug 2016

Surf lifesavers signed off on the 2015/16 season in style at the annual NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday evening. Over 350 surf lifesavers traded their red and yellow patrol uniforms for formal wear at the glittering celebration which was proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

Skills In The Pool – Big Weekend For NSW Lifesavers

Tue 9 Aug 2016

In the final Interstate discipline for 2016 the NSW Pool Rescue Team was unable to halt the Queensland juggernaut on the Gold Coast last weekend finishing the competition with the silver medal.

2017 NSW Country Team Announced

Thu 4 Aug 2016

The 2017 NSW Country Team has been announced to compete at the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series in New Zealand.

Coastal NSW Set For Powerful Conditions

Wed 3 Aug 2016

A developing low pressure system off the NSW Coast has prompted lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users with powerful surf and strong winds expected for the remainder of the week.

Profile of the Month: Robert Readman

Fri 29 Jul 2016

Our Profile of the Month for July is Robert Readman from Cabarita Beach SLSC. Rob is the Chief Training Officer for his local club and was recently announced as a Trainer of the Year finalist for the 2016 Awards of Excellence. A latecomer to the Surf Life Saving family joining just three seasons ago, Rob has had an enormous impact on the movement.

2016 NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development Team Announced

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to confirm the selections for the 2016 NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development team who will tour New Zealand in October.

Lifeguards Strengthen Tweed Relationship

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Beachgoers in the Tweed Shire region will benefit from the professionalism and experience of the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) for a further four years following confirmation of a contract extension.

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW

Sat 23 Jul 2016

Southern facing beaches and exposed rock platforms from the far South Coast through to Seal Rocks on the NSW Mid North Coast have been warned to expect powerful surf conditions tomorrow.

2016 NSW Pool Rescue Team Announced

Thu 21 Jul 2016

Congratulations and best of luck to all members selected in the 2016 SLSNSW Pool Interstate Team to compete at the Surf Life Saving Interstate Pool Rescue Championships from 5-7 August.

Byron Lifeguards Issue Warning For Festival Goers

Wed 20 Jul 2016

As thousands of festival revellers from as far away as Southern NSW and Queensland prepare to make their annual pilgrimage to Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass, the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) and Far North Coast Surf Lifesaving has issued a warning that alcohol, drugs and swimming can be a deadly combination.

Vietnam Nippers Visit Hailed A Success

Tue 19 Jul 2016

It was a holiday with a difference for a group of Cudgen Headland Nippers and their parents who recently got to demonstrate their skills and knowledge about water safety to an enthusiastic audience in Vietnam.

2016 Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is preparing to celebrate the commitment and heroic actions of the season’s most outstanding volunteers at the 2016 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

Powerful Winds And Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Wed 13 Jul 2016

Beaches and exposed rock platforms from the Illawarra to the Queensland Border are likely to experience strong surf conditions for at least the next 48 hours with the deceptively powerful conditions prompting the Bureau of Meteorology and Lifesavers to issue a warning to boaties, surfers, swimmers, and rock fishers.

Rescue Skills On Display At Successful Pool Champs

Mon 11 Jul 2016

There wasn’t a wave in sight, but fast times were certainly on the menu as lifesavers battled it out at a tightly fought Pool Rescue Championships at the Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre last weekend.

From The Surf To The Pool – Lifesavers Primed To Make A Splash

Thu 7 Jul 2016

Over 250 of the state’s best surf lifesavers will trade the beach for the pool in Sydney this weekend as they battle for medals and glory at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships.

Strong Surf Conditions Forecast For Saturday

Fri 24 Jun 2016

Strong coastal winds forecast for this weekend has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all coastal water users along the NSW Coast.

Rising Drowning Toll Prompts Safety Plea

Fri 17 Jun 2016

After two rock fishing deaths in the last week alone, and the highest NSW coastal drowning toll in five years, Surf Life Saving, Police, and Marine Rescue NSW are pleading with the public to be vigilant when near the water.

Clubbies Make Connections At Development Program

Thu 16 Jun 2016

A group of 14 clubbies from around the state, and new to Surf Life Saving gathered in Sydney during the Long Weekend as part of the second ever Beyond My Club 26+ Development Program.

Backpacker Rescued By Byron Bay Lifeguards

Thu 9 Jun 2016

A tourist’s dream holiday nearly became a nightmare after she was washed off rocks and was rescued by a Lifeguard from the Australian Lifeguard Service at Broken Head on the NSW Far North Coast on Thursday.

Lifeguards Sign Off On Successful Summer

Wed 8 Jun 2016

Over 300 Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have recently closed the books on another successful patrol season.

Northern Lifeguards Bid Farewell To Summer Patrols

Wed 8 Jun 2016

It’s been a successful summer patrolling the beaches of the Far North Coast for the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) with Lifeguards encouraged by a reduction in rescues throughout the region

Successful Patrol Season For Tweed Lifeguards

Wed 8 Jun 2016

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have lowered their flags on another busy summer patrolling beaches across the Tweed Shire, and in a sign that public safety messages are having a positive impact, there was also a reduction in total rescues.

Surf Lifesavers Brave Wild Weather

Sun 5 Jun 2016

Patrol off season for volunteers and state wide beach closures didn't prevent Surf Life Saving from responding to a number of incidents and emergencies across the state on the weekend.

Powerful Surf Expected Along NSW Coast

Fri 3 Jun 2016

The first weekend of winter is expected to be a challenging one for swimmers, surfers, boat users, and rock fishers with powerful swells and strong coastal winds prompting the Bureau of Meteorology and Surf Life Saving NSW to issue a warning to beachgoers.

26 + Development Program Participants Named

Thu 26 May 2016

Fourteen committed club members from nine branches have been selected to participate in the second ever development program aimed at providing networking opportunities for those aged above 26 and new to the lifesaving family.

Dangerous Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Mon 23 May 2016

Surfers, swimmers, and boat skippers looking to make the most of the seemingly endless summer are advised to use caution in the state’s waterways over the next few days with powerful surf conditions forecast from Tuesday.

National Volunteer Week: Steven Kudzius

Wed 11 May 2016

Our third National Volunteer Week profile is Steven Kudzius from Fingal Rovers SLSC. Steven is in his first season of being the club President and believes volunteering is the key to living happily.

Lifesavers Lower Flags On Patrol Season

Thu 28 Apr 2016

The 2015/16 Patrol Season ended on Monday with lifesavers taking the opportunity to reflect on the season that was.

Aussie Success For NSW Clubbies

Wed 27 Apr 2016

A golden run at the 2016 Aussies continued for NSW athletes at the recently completed Open Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

NSW Clubbies Give A Master Class

Thu 21 Apr 2016

Australia’s domestic airlines might have to start making room in their luggage hold as the state’s finest surf sport athletes wound back the clock with some vintage performances during the 2016 Australian Masters Titles.

Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags On Busy Season

Thu 21 Apr 2016

Volunteer lifesavers from the 10 clubs of the Far North Coast Branch can look forward to a well-deserved break as they prepare to lower the flags on the 2015/16 Patrol Season.

Operations Centre To Be Radio Hub For Shark Surveillance

Thu 21 Apr 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is looking forward to taking an active communications role in aerial shark patrols along the NSW coastline after the State Government announced an extension to this service for at least the next 12 months as part of its $16 million Shark Management Strategy earlier this week.

Swimmer Involved In Suspected Shark Bite

Wed 20 Apr 2016

A 12-year-old boy is expected to make a speedy recovery after suffering a minor puncture wound to his foot in an encounter with a shark while swimming at First Sun Beach on the state’s Far North Coast on Wednesday.

Medal Glory For NSW At Aussies Youth

Mon 18 Apr 2016

It’s been a highly successful weekend at The Aussies for teenage competitors from around the state with the large contingent of athletes returning from the Sunshine Coast with 42 medals.

NSW Clubbies Out For Aussie Glory

Fri 15 Apr 2016

The theme might be back to the 80s, but a huge contingent of the state’s best lifesavers are out to show the rest of Australia that their 2016 form is pretty good as well when they travel to the Sunshine Coast for this year’s Aussies.

Next Gen Leaders Are Sydney Bound

Fri 8 Apr 2016

A group of dedicated young lifesavers will cast aside their school books as they prepare to meet other likeminded people from all around the State for a unique development opportunity on Sydney’s Northern Beaches next week.

Little Ripper Opens New Horizons

Mon 4 Apr 2016

Lifesavers at the recent State Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina were among the first to get a look at the new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that is being hailed as a breakthrough in rescue techniques.

Lifesavers Urge Caution After Spike In Drownings

Fri 1 Apr 2016

With just four weekends remaining before the flags come down on beaches around the state at the end of the 2015/16 Patrol Season, volunteer lifesavers have issued a plea for beach users to take their safety seriously after a recent spike in coastal drownings.

Bondi Increase Lead On Masters Day 2

Thu 10 Mar 2016

Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club have extended their lead at the top of the club point score ahead of Sydney rivals North Bondi and Queenscliff during an exciting day of teams competition on the second day of the NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina.

Five Minutes With…Joanna Charles

Thu 10 Mar 2016

Byron Bay’s Joanna Charles will enter the NSW Surf Life State Championships full of confidence after a strong performance at the recent Country Championships at South West Rocks where she finished with 4 individual medals including 3 gold.

Bondi Build Narrow Lead After Masters Day 1

Wed 9 Mar 2016

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships looks set to go down to the wire with Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club holding a slender lead over reigning champions Queenscliff after an exciting day of competition at Ocean Beach – Umina.

Coffs Harbour Fly The Flag For Northern Lifesavers

Tue 8 Mar 2016

North Coast powerhouses Coffs Harbour SLSC were the best performing club from Northern NSW during the 2016 State Surf Life Saving Age Championships held at Ocean Beach – Umina on the Central Coast last weekend.

Manly Crowned Age Champions

Sun 6 Mar 2016

Manly Lifesaving Club cemented their reputation as one of strongest Nipper clubs in the state after they notched up their seventh consecutive win at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships finishing ahead of the rival clubs Wanda and Cooks Hill at Ocean-Beach Umina on Sunday.

YOM Workshop Participants Named

Wed 2 Mar 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Opportunity Makers (YOM) participants who will travel to Sydney next month to attend this innovative networking opportunity

Far North Coast Junior Lifesavers Are State Bound

Mon 29 Feb 2016

A committed group of junior lifesavers from across the Far North Coast will take on the best surf athletes NSW has to offer when the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships get underway on the Central Coast later this week.

Lifesavers To Battle For State Honours

Fri 26 Feb 2016

History, tradition, pride, and mate ship are all values integral to the Lifesaving Championships and all will be on display when the first event of the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships gets underway at Ocean Beach – Umina tomorrow.

JLOTY Finalists Announced

Wed 24 Feb 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to congratulate the following young lifesavers who were successful in being named branch winners in the prestigious Junior Lifesaver of the Year awards for 2016.

That Warneing Feeling For Cudgen Family

Mon 22 Feb 2016

The Warne family from Cudgen Headland SLSC enjoyed a highly successful Country Championships campaign returning home with a combined tally of 21 medals; and now with the State Championships looming over the horizon they’re hoping to make their mark on the competition.

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW Coastline

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Swimmers, surfers, boat users and fishermen heading out on the water this week are advised to be aware of powerful surf conditions right along the NSW coast until at least Friday after an updated forecast prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue an alert.

Cudgen Mentor Celebrates 20 Years

Wed 10 Feb 2016

The 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships were the 20th consecutive Country event for Cudgen Headland SLSC Youth Coach Phil Klein.

Surf Life Saving Backs Lifejackets for Rockfishers

Mon 8 Feb 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Emergency Services David Elliot that legislation will be introduced to make lifejackets compulsory for people fishing from rocks at high-risk locations.

Byron Bay Defend Country Title

Mon 8 Feb 2016

Byron Bay SLSC has won their sixth straight NSW Country Title by the narrowest of margins over perennial rivals Cudgen Headland after a pulsating Day 2 of competition at the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

Narrow Lead For Cudgen Headland After Day 1

Sat 6 Feb 2016

Byron Bay’s quest to win a sixth straight title won’t be determined until tomorrow after their Branch rivals Cudgen Headland SLSC took the lead on an exciting first day of competition at the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships held at the picturesque South West Rocks.

Country Champs Profile: Anthea Warne

Thu 4 Feb 2016

With the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships getting underway from this Saturday it is time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Lifesavers Enjoy Successful Exchange

Tue 2 Feb 2016

Some of the state’s most talented young lifesavers have recently returned from an exciting network and development opportunity held during the recent Australia Day Weekend.

Lifesavers Prepare For Country Champs

Tue 2 Feb 2016

The wait is almost over for the 1300 surf lifesavers who will be contesting the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships which get underway at South West Rocks from this Saturday.

Country Champs Profile: Kalani Ives

Sat 30 Jan 2016

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, it’s time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Country Champs Profile: Claudia Crawford

Fri 29 Jan 2016

With the countdown to the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships reaching single figures, it’s time to get to know the athletes looking to write their name into the annals of the history of this longstanding and popular event.

Busy Australia Day For NSW Lifesavers

Wed 27 Jan 2016

Our dedicated volunteers were kept busy on Tuesday performing a significant number of rescues as they kept a watchful eye on revellers on the state’s coastline.

Historic Deal Puts Surf Clubs On Solid Ground

Mon 25 Jan 2016

Surf clubs located on Crown land across the state will have fewer hurdles to secure their long-term future after the historic signing of a deal between Surf Life Saving NSW and the State Government.

Be Beach Safe This Australia Day

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for volunteer surf lifesavers who have a simple message for those heading to the beach or coast to celebrate – please swim between the red and yellow flags.

Lifeguards Locate Kayakers In Far North Coast Rescue

Thu 14 Jan 2016

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have rescued a kayaker clinging to his semi-submerged vessel after his mate swam to shore and raised the alarm in a dramatic rescue near Byron Bay on the state’s Far North Coast.

Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships Launched

Thu 14 Jan 2016

The hard work has been done, now it is the competitors' time to shine – that’s the message the organising committee of the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships had at the official launch ceremony held on Thursday.

NSW Pipped At The Post At Interstate

Mon 11 Jan 2016

There would be no fairy-tale finish for the NSW Interstate Surf Team who despite a strong performance finished second overall at the 2016 Interstate Championships held at Torquay Beach, Victoria last Friday.

Dangerous Surf Warning Issued For NSW Coastline

Fri 8 Jan 2016

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging beachgoers looking to make the most of a break in the weather to exercise caution this weekend after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a state-wide warning for a strong swell along the coast for Saturday.

Country Champs Countdown Enters Final Month

Wed 6 Jan 2016

With the festivities of the Christmas and New Year period slowly winding down, excitement continues to build for hundreds of surf lifesavers with the 2016 Stramit Country Championships now only a month away.

Lifesavers Ready For New Year’s Festivities

Thu 31 Dec 2015

Beaches across the state will be flying the red and yellow flags tomorrow as volunteer lifesavers prepare to greet 2016.

Lifesavers Dreamin’ Of A Safe Summer

Mon 21 Dec 2015

With Christmas just days away and the school holidays entering its first official week, volunteer lifesavers from around the state are preparing for a busy summer on NSW beaches.

Hot Action In Ocean Thunder Series

Fri 18 Dec 2015

Sydney’s Dee Why Beach turned it on spectacularly for the second round of the Beko Home Appliances Ocean Thunder Surfboat Series with last Saturday’s race providing challenging conditions for the cream of Australia’s boaties.

Lifeguards To Resume Patrols On Far North Coast

Thu 17 Dec 2015

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will shortly resume patrols on beaches across Byron Bay, Ballina, and Richmond which coincides with the annual influx of tourists looking to make the most of a coastal Christmas break.

Tweed Lifeguards Return For Summer Patrol

Thu 17 Dec 2015

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) based in the Tweed Shire are gearing up for bumper summer season with thousands expected to hit the picturesque Northern NSW region.

Country Cup Secured For Far North Coast Branch

Tue 15 Dec 2015

After two days of intense competition at the 2015 Interbranch Carnival at Cape Hawke, Forster the Far North Coast’s best surf athletes could afford to relax. They had after all just secured the country cup for a third straight year.

Report Shows Increased Drownings

Fri 11 Dec 2015

There has been a timely reminder for people enjoying the state’s diverse coastal environments to heed surf safety messages after the National Coastal Safety Report found that there has been a 21% increase in drownings nation-wide during the 2014-15 year.

Far North Coast Lifesaver Spreads Surf Safety Message

Fri 4 Dec 2015

Australia’s most popular primary aged surf education program has closed the books on another successful season with 12,000 country students getting a lesson on surf safety from our volunteer lifesavers, with one local lifesaver enjoying a very special trip.

Fingal Rovers SLSC Awarded National and NSW Rescue of the Month

Wed 2 Dec 2015

Fingal Rovers SLSC lifesavers have been awarded National and NSW Rescue of the Month for October after rescuing a female swimmer who entered the water to save the life of a young boy who had been swept from rocks. Subsequently, the boy was safely brought to shore.

North Coast Lifeguards Head Back to School

Tue 24 Nov 2015

Before they get to work on the beautiful beaches of the state’s north, the lifeguard class of 2015 had to head back to school for a few days as they ramp up preparations for a busy summer season.

Club Forum Hailed A Success

Mon 9 Nov 2015

Dedicated clubbies from around the state spent the weekend at an innovative forum where they discussed the future of Surf Life Saving and ways they could ensure their clubs are sustainable in the long term.

Successful Night for NSW Lifesavers

Mon 26 Oct 2015

The state’s dedicated lifesavers continue to receive recognition at a national level with a number of our members claiming awards at the 2015 SLSA Awards of Excellence at a ceremony in Sydney on Saturday.

ALS Lifeguard Wins NSW Rescue Of The Month

Thu 15 Oct 2015

A dramatic rescue of two teenagers in heavy conditions at Angels Beach on the NSW Far North Coast last month has earned Saul Duran a lifeguard with the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) the prestigious NSW Rescue of the Month Award for September.

Top Water Athletes Gather In The Tweed

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Over 30 of the state’s top surf sport athletes will be put through their paces in a gruelling three-day program at the Surf Australia High Performance Centre located at Casuarina on the NSW Tweed Coast from Friday.

Byron Lifeguards Enjoy Successful Maiden Winter

Wed 7 Oct 2015

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service were kept busy at Byron Bay’s Main Beach throughout the first fulltime winter patrol for the area.

Lifeguards Assist In Suspected Heart Attack

Mon 5 Oct 2015

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS), volunteer lifesavers, and paramedics worked together to provide first aid treatment to a man who suffered a suspected heart attack in the state’s far north on Monday.

Lifesavers Gear Up For Hot Weekend

Fri 2 Oct 2015

With the mercury set to spike at over 30 degrees for much of this long weekend, lifesavers are urging everyone to safely beat the heat as they prepare for what promises to be a busy time on NSW beaches.

Young Blues Ready To Take On Kiwis

Wed 30 Sep 2015

A group of the state’s most talented teenage pool rescue athletes have left Australian shores today bound for New Zealand where they will put their skills to the test against some of the Kiwi’s finest.

2015 SLSNSW Performance Academy Athletes Selected

Tue 29 Sep 2015

The 2015 SLSNSW Performance Academy, previously known as the High Performance Camp is open to ski, board, swim and pool athletes from U15 to Open's and will be held from 16-18 October 2015 at the elite Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina.

Future Looks Bright For Far North Coast Surf Sports

Mon 28 Sep 2015

School uniforms were out and swimmers and goggles are in for a handful of the most talented surf sport athletes from the Far North Coast who attended a state wide development camp in Sydney last week.

Young Athletes Set To Shine

Wed 23 Sep 2015

While their peers are enjoying the school holiday break, a group of the state’s most promising ocean competitors will from today trade books for swimsuits at an intensive camp designed to improve their skills and introduce them to the lifestyle of an elite athlete.

Two Teens Rescued By Ballina Lifeguard

Tue 22 Sep 2015

Two teenagers swimming at an unpatrolled beach on the Far North Coast have avoided serious injury after they were rescued by a nearby lifeguard on Tuesday.

Powerful Swell Expected Along NSW Coast

Tue 22 Sep 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW urges everyone on the coast including recreational boat, rock fisherman, swimmers and surfers to take care after the Bureau of Meteorology forecast a powerful swell to hit the NSW coastline this week.

Are you Up For A Warrior Challenge?

Fri 18 Sep 2015

Young Nippers looking to follow in their Ironman heroes’ footsteps have lots of chances to compete in the Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge – a national series designed for youngsters to have fun on the beach and in the surf while also putting their lifesaving skills to the test.

Lifeguards Gear Up For New Season

Thu 10 Sep 2015

The new Surf Life Saving NSW Northern Operations Centre at Port Macquarie will be put through its paces on Friday as Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) Supervisors from around the state gather for the 2015/16 pre-season induction.

Top Prize For Cudgen Headland

Mon 31 Aug 2015

The decision to commit to the “one club, one governance” strategy almost three years ago has paid off for Cudgen Headland with the Tweed Based Club capping a fine season with Club of the Year honours at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Young Nippers Earn Recognition

Mon 31 Aug 2015

Brianna Clarkson (Brunswick), and Reed van Huisstede (Cooks Hill) capped of their Nipper careers in style by winning the title of Junior Lifesavers of the Year and were presented their awards at the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

Ballina-Lighthouse Clubbie Crowned State’s Top Facilitator

Mon 31 Aug 2015

Ballina’s Rod Balkin had plenty to celebrate at the 2015 NSW Awards of Excellence ceremony in Sydney after he was crowned Facilitator of the Year.

Lifesavers Celebrate Night of Nights

Sat 29 Aug 2015

There wasn’t a rubber duckie in sight as some of the state’s finest surf lifesavers swapped swimmers for formal wear to celebrate the season that was in Sydney on Saturday.

Junior Development Academy Athletes Selected

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW wishes to congratulate the following athletes for their selection in the 2015 Junior Development Academy.

Board Riders Showcase Skills At State Champs

Mon 24 Aug 2015

There were spills, thrills, and mad skills as surf lifesavers from across the state took advantage of the late winter sunshine to contest the NSW Board Riding Championships on the Central Coast last week.

NSW Clubbies Honoured For Top Rescues

Thu 20 Aug 2015

A group of dedicated lifesavers received national recognition for recent rescue efforts at a ceremony in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday.

Board Riders To Take on Avoca Beach Surf

Mon 17 Aug 2015

Lifesavers from around the state will temporarily call the Central Coast home from Thursday when the NSW Board Riding Championships takes place at Avoca Beach.

Statement Regarding New Surveillance Strategy

Fri 14 Aug 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government of increased surveillance and tagging technology along the Northern NSW Coastline.

Surfer Injured in Evans Head Shark Attack

Fri 31 Jul 2015

A surfer is in hospital in Northern NSW after he was bitten by a shark at Evans Head on Friday.

NSW Pool Rescue Development Team Selected

Fri 31 Jul 2015

A big congratulations and good luck to the athletes who have been selected in the NSW Pool Rescue Development Team.

Clubbie Profile July: Elton Cummings

Wed 29 Jul 2015

Our Clubbie Profile for the Month of July is Elton Cummings from Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC. Elton has been part of the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat crew for 45 years and loves the satisfaction of making a difference in the community. Apart from involving himself with the Ballina Jet Boat, Elton has held various positions in the Far North Coast Branch.

NSW Pool Interstate Team Announced

Mon 27 Jul 2015

Congratulations and best of luck to all members selected in the 2015 SLSNSW Pool Interstate Team to compete at the Surf Life Saving Interstate Pool Rescue Championships on the 7-9 August.

Festival Revellers Urged To Be Beach Safe

Wed 22 Jul 2015

As Byron Bay Shire gears up again for the annual Splendour in the Grass Festival this week, Surf Life Saving NSW is reminding people not to enter the water under the influence of alcohol and drugs or swim at an unpatrolled beach.

Elouera Crowned Pool Rescue Champs

Mon 20 Jul 2015

In a fiercely contested battle between Central Coast and Sydney clubs at the annual State Pool Rescue Championships, it was the southerners who came out on top with Elouera being crowned champion club after downing defending champions Terrigal.

2015 Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced

Fri 17 Jul 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW is getting ready to celebrate the commitment and heroic actions of the season’s most outstanding volunteers at the 2015 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

Surfer Pulled From Water Near Byron Bay

Wed 15 Jul 2015

A surfer is in a critical condition after being pulled unconscious from the water near Byron Bay.

Eager Athletes Ready For Pool Rescue Champs

Wed 15 Jul 2015

Almost 300 lifesavers will cast off the throes of winter, and swap their familiar beach surroundings for the pool this weekend at the 2015 NSW Pool Rescue Championships.

NSW Rubber Duckie Racers Out For Glory

Tue 14 Jul 2015

State pride will be on the line at the annual Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Interstate Championships, where the NSW team will be hoping to achieve what their rugby league and netball counterparts could not – defeat Queensland on their home turf.

Ballina Beaches Remain Closed

Fri 3 Jul 2015

Beaches across Ballina Shire will remain closed for the next 24 hours after a surfer had a reported encounter with a shark at Lennox Head.

Surf Life Saving Welcomes Rock Fishing Coronial Recommendations

Thu 2 Jul 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW has welcomed the Coroner’s recommendations, which include mandating the wearing of lifejackets for rock fishers, and looks forward to assisting Police and Emergency Services with the implementation of any safety initiatives.

Lifesavers on Scene of Ballina Shark Attack

Thu 2 Jul 2015

A body boarder is in critical condition after being bitten by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina on Thursday.

Community Urged To Be Beach Safe During Holiday Period

Mon 29 Jun 2015

With the first full week of school holidays getting underway from today, Surf Life Saving NSW is encouraging parents, students, friends and the community in general to be “beach safe” this winter.

Vigilance of Lifesavers Reflected in Busy Season

Mon 29 Jun 2015

Every weekend from September to April volunteer lifesavers are at work patrolling our beaches. Their vigilance plays an enormous role in keeping people safe along the coastline, and it is a tradition that has lasted for over a century.

Countdown On For IRB Champs

Thu 25 Jun 2015

The best inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racers from around NSW will be gunning for state glory when the 2015 IRB Championships get underway at Mollymook this weekend.

Mollymook Set For Super State Champs

Fri 19 Jun 2015

New South Wales’ best Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) crews will be gunning for state glory at Mollymook on the idyllic south coast next week in what promises to be a grand stand conclusion to the winter season.

Strong Swell Expected Along NSW Coast

Thu 18 Jun 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all coastal water users including recreational boat users, rock fisherman, swimmers and surfers to be aware that a dangerous surf warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the next two days.

NSW Win 8 of 9 National Rescue of the Month Awards

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Evans Head-Casino SLSC member Avan Christie is the latest volunteer to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to Surf Life Saving, winning the National along with the NSW Rescue of the Month for April. NSW clubs and members have now won eight of the nine National awards for the year.

Kiama Downs Crowned Rubber Ducky Champions

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Kiama Downs have put an exclamation mark on their 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Winter Premiership campaign by claiming the overall title for a second straight year.

Tight At The Top In Rubber Ducky Premiership Series

Fri 12 Jun 2015

The 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series is set for a thrilling conclusion with the overall championship club set to be crowned on Sunday at Kiama Downs on the state’s south coast following two days of intense racing.

Australian Lifeguard Service Closes Books on Beach Season

Fri 12 Jun 2015

It has been a busy but successful 2014/15 season for lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) as they kept watch on 83 beaches, 2 resorts, and one lake throughout NSW.

Lifesavers Test the Waters at Inaugural Leadership Program

Thu 11 Jun 2015

A group of dedicated clubbies from across the state spent the long weekend at the first leadership program for lifesavers aged over 26, held on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Lifesavers Line-Up For Leadership Program

Fri 5 Jun 2015

While most volunteer lifesavers will be putting their feet up over the long weekend, a group of dedicated clubbies will be learning about leadership at the inaugural development Program for those aged over 26.

Swell Forecast to Increase Along NSW Coast

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging coastal water users to be aware that a dangerous surf warning is in place after increasing wind speeds and an off-shore swell expected to last for at least 24 hours prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue an alert.

Rubber Duckies Head To Terrigal For Racing Double Header

Fri 29 May 2015

The third round of the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series heads to Terrigal on the State’s Central Coast this weekend for what promises to be a barnstorming two days of racing.

Rubber Duckie Racing Heads To Windang

Fri 15 May 2015

Inclement weather may have forced the cancellation of the opening weekend of the 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series at Caves Beach, but that won’t stop the teams of racers fronting up for the second round at Windang on the Illawarra Coast.

National Volunteer Week: Geoff Horsey

Thu 14 May 2015

Our fourth National Volunteer Week profile is Trainer and Facilitator Geoff Horsey from Evans Head-Casino SLSC. Geoff has been part of Surf Life Saving for more than 50 years and now passes his knowledge on to younger generations coming through the ranks.

Strong Swell Forecast for NSW Coast

Wed 13 May 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all rock fishers, swimmers, surfers and recreational boat users to be cautious as large swells are expected along the state’s coastline over the next three days. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a dangerous surf warning that will be in effect from Thursday 14 May.

Lifesavers Recognised in Volunteer Week

Fri 8 May 2015

National Volunteer Week kicks-off from Monday 11 May, and Surf Life Saving NSW would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those who selflessly volunteer their time to protect the community.

Rubber Duckies Return To Caves Beach For Racing Season Opener

Fri 1 May 2015

The sun has barely set on a hugely successful season of summer surf sports, but now attention switches to the opening weekend of the 2015 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series at Caves Beach, where the best-of-the-best racers will go head-to-head in a pulsating weekend of racing.

Rough Seas Forecast For NSW Coast

Fri 1 May 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all coastal users to take care this weekend after the emergence of a second low pressure system off the NSW coast in as many weeks prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a dangerous surf warning.

Flags Set on 2014/15 Patrol Season

Fri 24 Apr 2015

Volunteer surf lifesavers will lower the flags on NSW beaches this Sunday 26 April after an action-packed and busy season, which began back in September.

Powerful Swell Forecast for NSW Coastline

Mon 13 Apr 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging all swimmers, surfers, and rockfishers to check the latest forecasts before heading out for a day on the coast following the issue of a dangerous surf warning for the entire NSW coastline.

Junior Lifesavers of The Year Named

Fri 10 Apr 2015

It has been a week to remember for junior lifesavers Brianna Clarkson (Brunswick), and Reed van Huisstede (Cooks Hill). The duo has been crowned the 2014/15 Female and Male Junior Lifesaver of The Year after impressing at a camp at Narrabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

NSW Stars Looking to Leave Their Mark at Aussies

Fri 10 Apr 2015

Over 1,300 of the most talented surf sport athletes from around the state will be gunning for glory at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast from this Saturday.

Search For Next Junior Lifesaver of The Year

Tue 7 Apr 2015

The next generation of leaders within the surf life saving movement are being put through their paces at an exciting development camp on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this week, with the opportunity for one participant to be crowned Junior Lifesaver of The Year

Ballina Jet Boat Crew Awarded Group Bravery Award

Thu 2 Apr 2015

A daring night-time rescue in huge surf off the Northern NSW coast in 2013 resulted in the crew of the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue team being recognised with a Group Bravery Citation in the recent Australian Bravery Awards.

Lifeguards and Lifesavers Prepare for Busy Easter

Wed 1 Apr 2015

With just weeks remaining before the flags come down for the final time in the 2014/15 patrol season, the Australian Lifeguard Service and Surf Life Saving NSW are urging all coastal water users to remain safe and look out for each other while enjoying the state’s beaches.

Far North Athletes Medal At Age Champs

Fri 20 Mar 2015

A number of Far North Coast’s most promising juniors were on show during the three days of competition at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships, and while they didn’t win any gold medals they did show they have what it takes to be competitive against the best NSW has to offer.

Byron Bay’s Ski Dominance Continues At Open Champs

Fri 20 Mar 2015

A contingent of athletes from Far North Coast Branch rivals Cudgen Headland and Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club travelled south last week for the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships both finishing among the medals.

Pottsville Lifeguards Rescue Injured Surfer

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service on the New South Wales Far North Coast put their professional first aid skills to good use when they helped prevent a man from becoming a quadriplegic.

Country Champs Countdown: 3 Days To Go

Tue 13 Jan 2015

The wait is almost over for the nearly 1200 athletes, parents, supporters and officials who will make the journey to Mollymook for the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

Byron Bay Clubbies Assist in Man's Rescue

Fri 9 Jan 2015

Young clubbies from Byron Bay have put their training to good use as they carried out a rescue and assisted with the resuscitation of a man on Thursday evening.

Man Rescued After Ballina Break-Wall Fall

Wed 7 Jan 2015

A team of emergency workers including surf lifesavers, paramedics, Police and State Emergency Service personnel safely effected a dramatic rescue on the State’s Far North Coast late last night.

Man Drowns at Brunswick Heads

Tue 16 Dec 2014

A man has been pulled from the surf at Brunswick Heads after surfers reported him floating near the breakwall on Tuesday morning at around 7.45am.

Byron Bay’s Main Beach To Be Patrolled Year Round

Tue 23 Sep 2014

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will patrol Byron Bay’s Main Beach for the whole year excluding weekends and public holidays during the volunteer lifesaving season after successfully extending its lifeguard contract with Byron Shire Council.

Ballina Lifeguards Set To Patrol For Another Four Years

Thu 18 Sep 2014

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has successfully renewed its lifeguarding contract with Ballina Shire Council for another four years.

Byron Coach Named Community Sports Dad of the Year

Mon 15 Sep 2014

Long time Byron Bay SLSC coach Gary Timperley has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year Award.

Australian Lifeguard Service Prepares For New Season

Thu 28 Aug 2014

More than 100 current and aspiring Lifeguards from eight Council Regions will be put through their paces at the first round of Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) training and proficiency days from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August 2014.

Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Named NSW Surf Club of the Year

Mon 18 Aug 2014

The Far North Coast has received top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday, taking out both Surf Club and Lifeguard of the Year.

Blueprint to Help Cut Drownings Across North and Far North Coast

Tue 8 Jul 2014

A state-wide coastal public safety risk assessment project has commenced on the North and Far North Coast with the aim of reducing coastal drownings across NSW.

Busy Season For Byron and Ballina Lifeguards

Fri 6 Jun 2014

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 lifeguarding season which saw more than 844,000 people visit Byron Shire/Trust beaches and more than 161,000 visit Ballina Shire.

Record Season For Tweed Lifeguards

Thu 29 May 2014

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 lifeguarding season which saw more than 273,000 people visit the ten ALS patrolled beaches in the Tweed Shire Council.

CPR Performed During Ocean Swim

Mon 5 May 2014

Byron Bay Lifesavers and Lifeguards for the Australian Lifeguard Service have performed CPR on a competitor during an ocean swim on Sunday.

Small Yamba Team Wins Big At Masters Championships

Mon 17 Mar 2014

One of the smallest teams at the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships, Yamba SLSC, turned out an almighty medal haul with the team of three winning more medals than they had people over the weekend.

Far North’s Finest Win Medals At State Champs

Tue 4 Mar 2014

The NSW Surf Lifesaving Age Championships supported by ClubsNSW staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state under 9 to under 14 champions.

Far North Coast Athletes Too Strong At Country Champs

Mon 20 Jan 2014

The Far North Coast region has once again proved its strength in Surf Sports with five surf clubs finishing in the top 20 overall Club Point Score at the 2014 Stramit Country Championships.

Lifeguards Perform CPR At Byron Bay's Main Beach

Mon 13 Jan 2014

A fast and professional response by three lifeguards of the Australian Lifeguard Service has resulted in a successful CPR operation at Byron Bay’s Main Beach over the weekend.

Stramit Country Championships To Start Next Week

Fri 10 Jan 2014

The 2014 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships is set to kick off next Friday at the new venue of Mollymook Beach on the state’s South Coast.

Extra Lifeguards At Kingscliff During Peak Season

Thu 19 Dec 2013

The Australian Lifeguard Service and Tweed Shire Council will trial a new lifeguard service at the beach in front of the Kingscliff North Holiday Park this summer.

FNC Takes Out Country Pointscore at Interbranch

Mon 16 Dec 2013

Far North Coast competitors have done their branch proud at the 2013 NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships, snatching the Overall Country Pointscore from South Coast rivals.

Fingal Head Win at Clean Beaches Awards

Mon 9 Dec 2013

Fingal Head Beach has been named the NSW Environment Protection Authority Overall 2013 Clean Beach at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW North Coast and Northern Rivers Regional Clean Beaches – Connecting our Coast Awards for 2013.

Rookie Lifeguards Put Through Their Paces

Mon 25 Nov 2013

Northern NSW rookie Lifeguards will attend the 2013 Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) Lifeguard School from 27-28 November at Camp Drewe, Lennox Head.

ALS Lifeguards Gearing Up For Season

Wed 14 Aug 2013

Lifeguards from Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Bellingen and Nambucca Shires will be put through their paces at the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) training and proficiency day on Sunday 18 August.

Coastal Ambassadors Program Visit Ballina

Mon 12 Aug 2013

Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC is thrilled to have been selected as the Far North Coast Surf Club to host the Coastal Ambassadors Program.

Top Lifesavers Honoured At SLSNSW Awards Of Excellence

Wed 7 Aug 2013

Far North Coast Surf Lifesavers have achieved top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday 3rd August.

Dangerous Surf Warning

Tue 2 Jul 2013

Surf Life Saving NSW is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to exercise caution as dangerous conditions are expected Tuesday and Wednesday on the North Coast of NSW.

Members Of The Public Perform CPR At Byron Bay Beach

Sat 29 Jun 2013

A 92 year old man was pulled out of the surf unconscious and not breathing at Byron Bay's Main Beach on Saturday.

Severe Erosion Endangers Club House

Wed 26 Jun 2013

Fingal Rovers SLSC is literally on the precipice of disaster as the club battles unprecedented coastal erosion.

Ballina Jet Boat Awarded ROM

Fri 7 Jun 2013

The Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue Crew has deservedly been awarded the Rescue of the Month for April 2013.

Dangerous Surf Conditions Result in Major Rescue

Mon 15 Apr 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting Dangerous Surf Conditions along the southern NSW coastline this afternoon, continuing through Tuesday, with an easterly swell of 2.5 metres and a 12 second period.

Far North Athletes at State Champs

Tue 12 Mar 2013

Athletes from Cudgen Headland made a solid impression on the results sheet at the 2013 Allphones NSW Opens Surf Life Saving Championships held at Ocean Beach-Umina from 8-10 March.

Ballina Lighthouse Achieve Bronze Status

Mon 11 Feb 2013

Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC has become the first surf life saving club on the Far North Coast to be awarded Bronze Level Status as part of the Surf Life Saving NSW Quality Clubs Program.

Byron Bay Hangs On To Title at Country Champs

Mon 14 Jan 2013

Reigning title holder Byron Bay has managed to claim top country club again at the 2013 Stramit Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks.

Lennox Head Repaint is a Community Effort

Fri 2 Nov 2012

Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC is almost unrecognisable after taking part in the Dulux Surf Club Project, which aims to paint every surf club in Australia.

NSW Lifeguard of the Year

Thu 6 Sep 2012

Ballina Shire Lifeguard Supervisor Ruben Roxburgh has been awarded NSW Lifeguard of the Year.

Project Blueprint to help cut drownings

Tue 28 Aug 2012

A state-wide coastal public safety risk assessment project has begun in the Tweed Shire and will target priority black spots for coastal drownings throughout NSW.