About Life Saving Victoria

Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV) (External link) mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities. With 500 staff and 38,000 members representing lifesaving clubs and affiliated pools or aquatic facilities), LSV provide a range of services from prevention, first response and recovery activities. As a support agency, LSV work closely with communities, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses and the broader aquatic industry, to achieve their water safety mission.


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Provide safety inspection services for swimming pools, urban, coastal and inland waterways using approved risk management tools.


Provide water safety expert advice to support the emergency management planning framework

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Provide aquatic risk management services including safety design services to designers and developers of swimming pools and waterways

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 4.5

Set safety standards for the development, operation and use of a range of waterways including beaches, public swimming pools, home pools and spas, and urban waterways

2.1, 2.2

Provide information and education displays at tradeshows and community events

2.1, 4.5

Provide technical and reference manuals, texts, resources, and newsletters on water safety, lifesaving, life guarding, CPR and first aid

2.1, 4.5

Provide subject matter expertise on water safety campaigns and public awareness communication 

2.1, 2.2, 4.5

Provide expert advice on aquatic risk management systems and water safety signage 

2.1, 4.5, 6.2

Provide vocational education and training programs such as Pool Lifeguard, first aid, oxygen equipment, and specialist areas such as Automatic External Defibrillation and aquatic and dry spinal injury management


Develop and provide education in water safety and associated messaging, first aid, CPR, swimming and lifesaving programs at swimming pools, open water locations, schools and lifesaving clubs including accredited training for Personal Water Craft and Inflatable Rescue Boats 

2.1, 6.1, 6.4

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Provide air, water and land-based search and rescue services to locate lost persons and vessels at sea and inland waterways supporting VicPol through Rescue powercraft (rescue boats and rescue water craft): Inshore search and rescue (up to 2 nautical miles) as well as offshore search and rescue (greater than 2 nautical miles); Remote piloted aircraft systems (Drones); Helicopter services capable of winching persons over land and water; and All-terrain vehicles capable of driving on beaches

3.1, 3.2, 10.1, 12.1, 12.3

Provide both paid and volunteer water-based patrolling including inshore, rescue and response services provided from LSV supported locations across Port Phillip Bay, the Victorian coastline and inland waterways

3.1, 3.2, 12.1, 12.3

Provide air and sea marine animal detection services in support of the VFA

3.2, 16.2

Provide water safety first responder services for aquatic based events

2.1, 3.2

Provide radio equipment and resources support to other agencies

3.4, 3.5

Maintain and operate the State Lifesaving Operations Centre (SLOC) for the purpose of:

  • dispatching and tracking of LSV Emergency response assets in line with control agency requirements
  • self-tasking to aquatic related incidents within agreed and declared area of operations
  • self-managing incidents in relation to agreed and declared area of operations including the escalation of incidents/emergencies to the appropriate control agency as required

3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.6

Provide timely, coordinated information and warnings around beach and water safety as well as bay water quality to communities

2.1, 2.3

Provide emergency evacuation / relief centres at the lifesaving clubs

3.3, 15.1

Provide first aid and other medical response support services to AV (as co-responder / emergency medical responder)

3.2, 14.1, 14.2

Relief Support Agency (RelSA) to provide support to lead agencies for health and medical relief (first aid) assistance measures

3.2, 14.2, 14.7

Table 12: Relief coordination

Relief Support Agency (RelSA) to provide support to lead agencies for pre-hospital care for people affected by emergencies

3.2, 14.1, 14.2

Table 12: Relief coordination

Relief Support Agency (RelSA) to provide support to lead agencies for the establishment and resourcing of field primary care clinics

3.2, 14.3, 14.4

Table 12: Relief coordination


For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.