Surf Life Saving is a community cause and it is sometimes easy to forget that Surf Lifesavers volunteer their time to patrol our beaches. This time is given freely and willingly, at no cost to the public. However, lifesaving equipment, training, community education programs and the provision of support services costs money and this is where we seek support from the public. The sun, surf and sand are the reasons we love going to the beach but these are also the very elements that damage the rescue gear and equipment that our Surf Lifesavers use every day.
There is no second chance when it comes to saving lives so ongoing maintenance or eventual replacement is needed to make sure that they are in top condition and are ready for any beach emergencies.
Rescue gear and equipment represents the biggest single cost to running lifesaving services in Australia. Constant exposure to sun, sand and salt water means that equipment requires ongoing maintenance and eventual replacement.
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV) – Cost $19,600
This is a valuable piece of equipment that aids in the day to day patrol duties of surf lifesavers. Their primary purpose is to allow for lifesavers to respond quickly to incidents along with essential gear & equipment such as rescue boards and First Aid kits. ATV’s are also used by lifesavers to conduct roving surveillance patrols that often help to locate lost children and return them safely back to their parents.
RESCUE WATER CRAFT – Cost $24,000.00
Otherwise known as wave runners, RWC’s are a fast, highly manoeuvrable piece of equipment ideally suited to the surf environment. Whether used for roving patrols in or outside the red and yellow flags or to respond to an emergency, the RWC is an invaluable lifesaving craft.
INFLATABLE RESCUE BOAT (IRB) – Cost from $18,000.00
Designed specifically for Surf Life Saving, the Inflatable Rescue Boat is an essential piece of rescue equipment, and an ideal tool for:
- quick response to a rescue
- mass rescues
- patrolling stretches of beaches
RESCUE BOARD – Cost up to $1,545.00
One of the original pieces of rescue equipment but still one of the best and most utilised. The rescue board is designed for a lifesaver to perform a rescue and transfer the patient back into shore.
DEFIBRILLATOR – Cost from $3403.75
Deﬁbrillators are a vital piece of equipment for successful resuscitation of a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest. Once only available for use by doctors, today deﬁbrillators are being used safely and successfully by trained surf lifesavers.
SWIM FINS – Cost from $55
Designed for easy maneuvering, they provide lifesavers with the thrust needed for pulling a patient through the surf.
RESCUE TUBE – Cost from $112.20
An effective and very widely used rescue device that allows a lifesaver to take ﬂoatation to a person in distress and bring them back to shore.
FIRST AID KIT – Cost $669.90
The First Aid Kit is an essential resource to every Surf Life Saving Club. Over 34,000 First Aid Treatments were performed last season, from minor cuts and marine stings to suspected fractures and spinal damage.
OXYGEN RESUSCITATION KIT – Cost $1600.00
A portable ‘soft pack’ carries a large range of equipment such as the oxy-resuscitator kit, therapy regulator and adult resuscitator with masks.
SPINAL BOARD – Cost $437.22
Essential for suspected spinal injuries and moving patients who are unable to walk.
RESUSCITATION POCKET MASK – Cost $35
Used to administer oxygen to a patient through a one-way valve – preventing backﬂow of air or contaminants to pass from patient to rescuer, and provides superior protection against bacteria and viruses.
NECK BRACE – Cost $30
LOUD HAILERS – Cost from $130.00
Loud Hailers are used by lifesavers to alert swimmers of dangers in their area, advise board riders to remain clear of the flags and to immediately inform the public of a hazard on the beach or in the ocean. They are extremely effective when a message needs to be relayed to a large number of people in the shortest time possible in a noisy beach environment.
WATERPROOF PATROL JACKET – Cost from $50
Water and wind proof heavy duty jacket.
SAFETY SIGNAGE – Cost from $20.90
Placed on the beach to indicate hazards, rip currents or other dangerous conditions.
PATROL TOWER – Cost from $7,000
Provides an elevated observation position which gives greater visibility of the swimming areas. Patrol towers also help lifesavers to see over waves which in turn allow them to identify potential hazards.
ICOM DIGITAL HAND HELD RADIO – Cost from $950
An essential tool used to communicate effectively and efﬁciently. Used to call assistance when conducting a rescue, patrol, ﬁrst aid treatment or to manage any potential hazard on the beach.
PATROL WHISTLE – Cost from $9.90
Creates a high frequency sound to attract attention over noisy surf conditions.
BINOCULARS – Cost from $64.90
LOG BOOKS – Cost from $32.45
Hard covered log book containing ofﬁcial template for recording all patrol operation details.
WATERPROOF RADIO CASE – Cost from $59.95
Designed to protect radios from sand & surf, even waterproof down to 3 metres.
FEATHER PATROL FLAGS – Cost from $41.80 each
Used to indicate a section of beach that is currently patrolled by surf lifesavers.
PATROL UNIFORM – Cost from $7.30 each
Hat $9.90, Cap $9.35, Rash shirt $25.00, Shirt $13.00, Shorts $7.30.