On the Same Wave (OTSW) is a development program which works towards increasing relationships, respect and understanding between the broader community and those already familiar with Surf Life Saving and its associated activities. It works with people from all backgrounds however the program is especially focused on youth with a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background and those from indigenous communities. OTSW also extends to providing programs or assisting Clubs to engage with people with a disability.

OTSW aims to increase Surf Life Saving's understanding, openness and responsiveness to cultural diversity and is now benefiting from an increased membership diversity within clubs. To facilitate this, cultural awareness programs have been provided to staff and volunteer members along with access to suitable resources for use within Surf Life Saving at the Club level to assist attract and retain new members from these communities. This has also helped to increase the understanding of this iconic Australian pastime and its associated lifesaving activities.

OTSW also aims to ensure everyone who uses the beach or swims in the surf is safe. Engagement with the program ranges from provision of promotional information and resources, to surf safety programs and community training. Program delivery varies depending on the community group and their identified requirements. It can initially be provided as part of an established educational curriculum or away from the beach in community halls or classrooms and then on the beach or in a surf lifesaving club.

For more information on the program, or to get your community group involved, contact us on 8354 6900 or by email

Click here for multi-lingual beach safety information. 

Ride the Wave "Water Safety Sessions"

“South Australia is currently experiencing extreme demand for affordable access to aquatic safety education. According to the most recent census data, 48% of South Australians are now first generation South Australians or new arrival migrants to Australia. This means more than 25% of our adult population have not received the aquatic education we expect Australian citizens to have. The tragic outcome has been that migrants are over-represented in drowning and rescue statistics”.

After a successful community partnership in 2017 with City of Unley, Surf Life Saving South Australia will be using the funds raised to promote and deliver aquatic safety education for migrant residents in South Australia at the safe and welcoming environment of Unley Swimming Centre. A six week program will operate in line with Friday for a cause initiative. On offer will be “Ride the Wave Water Safety education sessions” for the cost of just a gold coin for pool entry.

Ride the Wave Water Safety Sessions will be conducted by qualified staff and volunteers from Surf Life Saving South Australia and will operate on Friday evenings between February 9th and March 16th. City Of Unley and SLSSA have set a goal of educating 60 South Australians during this program. Ride the Wave is the pathway program for community participation in the Lifesaving World Championships to be held at Glenelg Beach in November 2018.  

Project Details:

Course: 6 week program of GOLD COIN DONATION water safety sessions

Day: Fridays

Age: 5+

Location: Unley Swimming Centre

Dates: TBC

Times: 5.30pm OR  6.30pm 

Duration: 45 minute lesson, including water safety education

Capacity: 18 participants per 45 minute time slot (6 per group)

Cost: Gold coin donation

The water safety sessions will be delivered by accredited swimming instructors and aims to improve the water skills and safety education for members of the community.

The benefits to the community include:

  • Increased public safety at SA beaches
  • Improved physical & mental health outcomes for participants
  • Increased access to safe and affordable fitness activities
  • Improved social connection for marginalised community members
  • Increased diversity in participants in Surf Life Saving.