As a not for profit, largely volunteer organisation, it is only through the generosity of our Sponsors and Supporters that Trigg Island SLSC continues to protect beach-goers.

Volunteer surf lifesavers have an incredible impact on Australian beaches every year, by providing a safe environment for Australians to enjoy the beaches and waterways around the country.

Here are some extraordinary statistics from the 2012/13 season for the surf clubs around Western Australia:

Rescue Statistics 2012/13 Patrol Season for WA 
Rescues1,093
Preventative Actions32,598
Marine stings6,062
Cuts/abrasions1,438
Major wounds16
Fractures/dislocations37
Suspected Spinal injury38
Resuscitations8
Other452
Defibrillations1

Funds from your invaluable support is put towards the purchase and maintenance of rescue equipment, vital medical supplies and training for the club’s volunteer surf lifesavers.

Did you know?

  • $30It costs $30 to refill an oxygen cylinder – vital for resuscitation treatment
  • $60 The distinctive red and yellow uniform of the surf lifesaver costs $60 and serves two purposes: sun safety protection for our surf lifesavers and allows quick identification in the event of an incident.
  • $100 will buy a rescue tube – an effective deep water floatation device
  • $350 provides basic training for a new lifesaver. Every patrolling volunteer surf lifesaver must have their Bronze Medallion. This involves over 40 hours of assessment in many areas including CPR, rescue techniques, First Aid and fitness testing and must be updated each year. The benefits are enormous. Safer beaches and safer communities.
  • $1000 Radios cost $1000 each – Surf lifesavers have access to emergency support through a dedicated communications system. Radios are an essential part of coordinating an effective response to any incident.
  • $1200 purchases a rescue board – a fast and reliable way to reach endangered swimmers and return them to safety.
  • $1,860 Resuscitation Manikins – Surf lifesavers have earned a significant reputation for their resuscitation skills; these skills can only be developed through effective training and constant practice. Resuscitation Manikins allow lifesavers to simulate the skills they may one day need to use to save a life. Cost: $1,860
  • $4,705 Resuscitation Manikins with skill meter, CPR, and defibrillation tester, cost: $4,705
  • $6,300 Defibrillators – It is a medical fact that the proper and timely use of an AED can save a life in the case of a cardiac arrest. Due to the volume of beach visitors and the training of surf lifesavers, and the advancements in Defibrillators (AEDs), Emergency Agencies are encouraging early access to AEDs to prevent the loss of life. Currently the most suitable model is the Laerdal FR2 with Trainer Kit which allows for the accredited training to take place with the unit in “test” mode. Cost: $6,300
  • $17,000 IRBs – Designed specifically for Surf Life Saving, the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) is an essential piece of rescue equipment, and an ideal tool for quick response to a rescue, mass rescues, immediate treatment of a patient and patrolling stretches of beaches. Due to the harsh operating conditions of the sun, sand and salt water, an IRB has a useful life of approximately 5 years. Cost: $17,000

Information on this page is made available by the Surf Life Saving Foundation

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