Thu 23 Mar 2017
It was a successful trip for a group of dedicated NSW surf lifesavers who have recently returned from a five-day trip across the Tasman as part of the annual Lifesaving Exchange Program with some of New Zealand’s finest lifeguards.
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.
Thu 16 Mar 2017
It was a successful competition at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships for Illawarra athletes at Blacksmiths Beach last weekend with a number of locals returning home with medals.
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.
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.
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.
Thu 9 Mar 2017
Over 2,300 of the state’s finest surf life savers will gather at Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie tomorrow for their chance to etch their name into the history books as the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships gets underway on Friday.
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.
Wed 8 Mar 2017
Illawarra’s reputation as a beach sprinting powerhouse was enhanced at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Blacksmiths Beach last weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed 22 Feb 2017
North Wollongong SLSC has been awarded the prestigious National and NSW Rescue of the Month after rescuing four beachgoers in early January 2017.
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.
Thu 9 Feb 2017
Surf lifesavers from two Illawarra Surf Clubs were presented with their National Rescue of the Month awards on Thursday morning at Parliament House, Canberra.
Tue 31 Jan 2017
Congratulations to the eight crews selected to represent NSW at the 2017 Surfboat Interstate Championships at Shellharbour on Friday 17 February.
Fri 27 Jan 2017
Powerful surf conditions on Boxing Day may have closed their beach but that didn’t stop the dutiful surf lifesavers from Windang SLSC from carrying out a mass rescue that subsequently earned the group the prestigious National and NSW Rescue of the Month award for December.
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.
Mon 23 Jan 2017
The quick and decisive action of a group of surf lifesavers from Helensburgh-Stanwell Park to rescue a stranded paraglider has been recognised at a national level with the group announced as National Rescue of Month Winner for November.
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.
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.
Mon 19 Dec 2016
Were it not for the quick thinking and determination of a team of volunteer surf lifesavers from North Wollongong and Avoca Beach clubs afterhours on the weekend, two serious incidents could very well have turned out to be fatal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue 13 Dec 2016
A sixth placed finish for the Illawarra Branch at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships was enough to give confidence that the region’s best surf sport athletes are on an upward trajectory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue 29 Nov 2016
Our Profile of the Month for November is Donald Allan from Towradgi SLSC. During his four decades in Surf Life Saving Don has played an influential role in teaching his fellow lifesavers skills as the Trainer and Assessor of his club, served at branch level, been heavily involved in all aspects of lifesaving, and was honoured with NSW Life Membership in 2010.
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.
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.
Thu 24 Nov 2016
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 with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast on Thursday afternoon.
Wed 23 Nov 2016
Congratulations to the 29 athletes who have been selected for the 2016 Beach Development Clinic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sat 22 Oct 2016
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boaters to exercise caution in the water with dangerous surf conditions expected throughout the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri 23 Sep 2016
The warm spring weather heralds the start of a new patrol season for NSW surf lifesavers as they return to protect beaches across the state this Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon 15 Aug 2016
It’s been a golden year for the members of the Male Open Surf Boat crew at Bulli Surf Life Saving Club who have enjoyed wins at almost every level. Now they have one more reason to celebrate after being crowned Team of the Year at the NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon 25 Jul 2016
The 2016 IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) racing season concluded on the weekend at Mollymook Beach in spectacular fashion with a host of NSW clubs enjoying success at the season-ending Australian Titles.
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.
Thu 21 Jul 2016
After a winter of thrilling races during the Premiership Series and at the State Championships, IRB crews from all around NSW will be seeking glory when they return to Mollymook SLSC this weekend for the season ending Interstate and Australian Championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed 6 Jul 2016
Beaches from the Victorian border through to Port Macquarie are bracing for the arrival of more powerful surf conditions forecast to hit the coast from tomorrow.
Tue 5 Jul 2016
A magic weekend of IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) racing at Mollymook has seen Kiama Downs SLSC break its NSW Championship victory drought.
Sun 3 Jul 2016
A strong team of 34 surf lifesavers will be representing NSW at the 2016 IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Interstate Championships at Mollymook later this month.
Mon 27 Jun 2016
For the second consecutive year, Mollymook SLSC will be home to more than 300 surf lifesavers competing in the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Championships on 2-3 July.
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.
Tue 21 Jun 2016
It was all smiles for Kiama Downs SLSC on Sunday after dominating the final round of the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership and taking the series ahead of Caves Beach and Queenscliff.
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.
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.
Tue 14 Jun 2016
Surf Life Saving NSW would like to congratulate a number of current or former members who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Tue 14 Jun 2016
More than 270 surf lifesavers will travel to South Maroubra SLSC this weekend for Round 4 of the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership.
Sat 11 Jun 2016
Swimmers, surfers, and rockfishers looking to take a break from the clean-up of last week by hitting the water are urged to be vigilant with powerful surf conditions expected to hit the NSW coastline from tomorrow.
Wed 8 Jun 2016
Over 300 Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have recently closed the books on another successful patrol season.
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.
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.
Tue 31 May 2016
After almost three years, IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) racing will be back on the beaches of Port Stephens with close to 250 surf lifesavers ready to battle it out this weekend.
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.
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.
Mon 23 May 2016
The Central Coast played host to a thrilling Round 2 of the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership with Kiama Downs taking the points for the second consecutive round.
Wed 18 May 2016
It was love that first introduced Windang Life Member Kaye Norris to the world of lifesaving, and as she celebrates the conclusion of her 25th patrolling summer it is also love that keeps bringing her back.
Tue 17 May 2016
The second 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 an exhilarating two days of racing.
Mon 9 May 2016
National Volunteer Week starts today 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.
Thu 28 Apr 2016
The 2015/16 Patrol Season ended on Monday with lifesavers taking the opportunity to reflect on the season that was.
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.
Mon 25 Apr 2016
The final day of the 2015/16 patrol season was one to remember for a group of lifesavers from Bellambi SLSC who successfully revived a swimmer on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue 22 Mar 2016
A group of NSW clubbies recently returned from across the ditch after gaining valuable knowledge at the annual lifesaving exchange with some of New Zealand’s finest lifesavers with the trio now inspired to take the lessons learned back to their respective clubs.
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.
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.
Tue 8 Mar 2016
Young lifesavers from across Illawarra had gold, silver, and bronze reasons to celebrate after returning from the 2016 NSW Surf Life Age Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina with a bagful of medals.
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.
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
Mon 29 Feb 2016
Over 100 of the best young lifesavers from the Illawarra will be gunning for medals and personal bests when the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships get underway at Ocean Beach-Umina on the state’s Central Coast later this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon 1 Feb 2016
The courageous efforts by a patrol team from Bulli SLSC to rescue six swimmers who had been dragged 100 metres out to sea last month have seen the club win the National and NSW Rescue of the Month.
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.
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.
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.
Tue 19 Jan 2016
They hail from a country more famous for its deserts than its oceans, and many were making their first visit to a beach, but the members of Sydney’s Afghan community who took the water under the watchful eyes of Woonona lifesavers on Saturday handled it with aplomb.
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.
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.
Thu 31 Dec 2015
Beaches across the state will be flying the red and yellow flags tomorrow as volunteer lifesavers prepare to greet 2016.
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.
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.
Tue 15 Dec 2015
Illawarra’s strong team of 40 athletes made their mark on the 2015 Interbranch Championships at Cape Hawke on the weekend, finishing sixth behind Country Champions Far North Coast.
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.
Fri 4 Dec 2015
The Illawarra region continues to play a crucial role in spreading the message of surf safety to thousands of school students around the state with North Wollongong hosting an innovative education program throughout December, and two local lifesavers recently returning from a week on the road for the Beach to Bush Program.
Mon 30 Nov 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.
Thu 26 Nov 2015
With a combined total of over 300 years of experience in Surf Life Saving and involvement in areas as diverse as coaching, administrating, competing and education this year's new State Life Members all boast impressive resumes.
Thu 26 Nov 2015
The old adage that seven is a lucky number proved true for seven of the state’s long-standing lifesavers after they were recently awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW.
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.
Mon 2 Nov 2015
A group of high schoolers from Sydney’s West will get firsthand experience of surf safety at Wollongong’s North Beach from this week thanks to an innovative community education program.
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.
Mon 26 Oct 2015
An innovative community education program has earned a small Illawarra Surf Life Saving Club national recognition at Australian Lifesaving’s Night of Nights.
Tue 13 Oct 2015
For hundreds of excited youngsters Sunday marked a first enthusiastic foray into the world of lifesaving. Amid the splashes, cheers, and races on Bellambi Beach was one child who has followed a very different path to become a 2015 Nipper.
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.
Mon 28 Sep 2015
A talented group of emerging surf athletes from across the Illawarra traded books for swimmers and goggles at an annual state-wide camp in Sydney last week.
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.
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.
Fri 18 Sep 2015
You may be aware of an issue which has generated some interest this week regarding two clubs in the Illawarra Branch and we would like to provide members with some further information.
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.
Mon 31 Aug 2015
Children from one of the Illawarra’s most disadvantaged postcodes have been taught the basics of surf safety thanks to an innovative program by Bellambi Surf Life Saving Club.
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.
Fri 28 Aug 2015
Surf Life Saving NSW wishes to congratulate the following athletes for their selection in the 2015 Junior Development Academy.
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.
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.
Tue 4 Aug 2015
The bright-eyed enthusiasm and fearlessness of youth will combine with the experience of old hands this weekend as New South Wales seeks glory at the Interstate Pool Rescue Championships on the Gold Coast.
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.
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.
Thu 16 Jul 2015
Surf Life Saving NSW urges all coastal water users including recreational boat users, rock fishermen, swimmers and surfers to be aware that a dangerous surf warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thu 18 Jun 2015
Continuing on from the Blues State of Origin victory last night, three NSW clubs were presented with National Rescue of the Month awards at Parliament House Canberra this morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thu 21 May 2015
Surf Life Saving NSW is advising rock fishers, swimmers, surfers, and boaties to be mindful of a strong southerly swell expected along the NSW coastline over the next two days. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a dangerous surf warning which will be in effect on Friday 22 May and Saturday 23 May inclusive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon 20 Apr 2015
A low pressure system off the Hunter Coast has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a dangerous surf warning for the areas stretching from Illawarra through to the Mid-North Coast. Surf Life Saving NSW is urging all coastal water users to exercise caution, and check the conditions before heading out.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Fri 20 Mar 2015
A small but dedicated contingent of athletes from across the Illawarra branch made the trek to Ocean Beach-Umina for the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.
Fri 20 Mar 2015
Helensburgh-Stanwell Park flew the flag for the Illawarra Branch at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships finishing a highly credible sixth on the overall club point-score.
Thu 19 Mar 2015
It was a week to remember for young lifesavers Mitchell Bath (Windang), and Madeleine Wheatley (Clovelly) who recently spent time across the Tasman as participants in the annual Surf Life Saving Exchange Program with New Zealand.
Mon 2 Mar 2015
A group of Lifesavers from Towardgi SLSC in the Illawarra region have been awarded the National and NSW Rescue of the Month for January after saving the life of a 15-year-old surfer who found himself in difficulty in a strong rip.
Fri 24 Oct 2014
A group of surf lifesavers from Sandon Point SLSC have been awarded the National and NSW Rescue of the Month for September 2014 after their dramatic rescue of a young surfer.
Mon 13 Oct 2014
Surf Life Saving NSW is warning of rapidly increasing dangerous surf condition to affect the NSW Coast over the next two days.
Mon 18 Aug 2014
Austinmer SLSC’s Jack Patison, has been named the NSW Surf Sports Coach of the Year at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products on Saturday.
Mon 11 Aug 2014
Due to continuing southerly swell conditions, Surf Life Saving NSW is extending a dangerous surf warning for the NSW Victorian border to Seal Rocks.
Mon 17 Mar 2014
The NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships supported by ClubsNSW and staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state champions aged over thirty.
Fri 14 Mar 2014
Three people have been rescued in a joint response near 5 Islands at Port Kembla after their boat capsized.
Tue 4 Mar 2014
Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club’s success story continued in the junior ranks at the three-day NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast.
Fri 14 Feb 2014
Wollongong City SLSC's oldest living member Don Burrows, passed away on Sunday 9 February, aged 90 years.
Tue 7 Jan 2014
Since September 2012 National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and ORRCA have been managing a solitary female dolphin moving between Jervis Bay, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Northern Beaches and the Gosford Area.
Thu 19 Dec 2013
Surf Life Saving NSW would like to welcome the new Director of Lifesaving for the Illawarra Branch, Anthony Turner.
Mon 16 Dec 2013
The team most at home on the sand once again dominated the beach events at the 2013 Interbranch Championships at Soldiers Beach on the Central Coast.
Tue 22 Oct 2013
Two Australian icons joined forces on Sunday as surf lifesavers from across the state came together to help celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 40th birthday.
Mon 26 Aug 2013
Surf Clubs across NSW have played a major role in the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Program and expressions of interest and submissions are now open for the 2013 Awards.
Wed 7 Aug 2013
Illawarra Surf Lifesavers have received top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday 3rd August, taking out both Club and Trainer of the Year.
Fri 14 Jun 2013
Surf Life Saving NSW is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to exercise caution as dangerous conditions are expected Friday through to Monday.
Mon 22 Apr 2013
Surf Lifesavers from Port Kembla and Surf Life Saving Duty Officers were on scene at the tragic drowning of a man who was swept from rocks this morning at Hill 60 near Port Kembla in the Illawarra, bringing the NSW coastal drowning total for this season to 35.
Tue 12 Mar 2013
They are called the ‘sand rats’, the Illawarra Surf Life Saving team that made history at the Allphones NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships when they claimed gold in both the men’s and women’s open beach relay and women’s open sprint final for the first time ever.
Tue 22 Jan 2013
Woonona SLSC has become the first surf club in NSW to be awarded Silver Level Status as part of the Surf Life Saving Quality Clubs Program.
Tue 13 Nov 2012
In association with the Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), SLSNSW will run a series of family surf safety days during November and December.
Fri 5 Oct 2012
Surf Life Saving NSW is advising rock fishermen to avoid the open coastline, as dangerous ocean conditions are expected this weekend.
Fri 20 Jul 2012
Surf Life Saving is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to take extreme caution as dangerous ocean conditions are expected across much of the NSW coast from Saturday 21 July – Tuesday 24 July 2012.