BeachSAFE: Supervision

Supervision is a key factor in aquatic safety. And by ‘supervision’, we don’t just mean parents watching over their kids when they’re in the water.

Supervision applies to everyone - parents and children, adults and groups of friends enjoying our coastline – and Surf Life Saving WA advocates supervision in the following ways:

  • Surf lifesavers and life guardsSLSWA has lifesavers and lifeguards at 29 beach locations across WA. Visit to find your nearest patrolled beach.
  • Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Service - SLSWA operates two lifesaving helicopter services, with one flying in the Perth metro area and the other in WA’s south-west to monitor for people in distress, marine life and hazards and assist with search and rescue operations.
  • Wesfarmers Emergency Response Jet Ski - SLSWA’s jet-ski teams are rapid, motorised response units to assist Surf Life Saving patrols by providing coastal surveillance and performing rescues.
  • Swim Between The Flags - When you see red and yellow flags on a beach, it means there is currently a lifesaving service operating on that beach. The lifesavers have chosen a section of the beach that is best for swimming and they will closely supervise this area. Visit to find your nearest patrolled beach.
  • Surf Babies and Surf Kids - Hey mums and dads, this one’s for you. Surf Life Saving WA provides these programs for parents to learn how to effectively supervise young children at the beach. Surf Babies (ages two to four) and Surf Kids (ages five to seven) are conducted by fully-qualified surf lifesavers, are a great way for not only children to grow in confidence at the beach, but also parents who may be unsure about the coastal environment and how to successfully supervise their families on the beach. Book a Surf Babies or Surf Kids program.


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