Life Saving Victoria, established in 2002 as a merge between Surf Life Saving Victoria and Royal Life Saving Society Australia - Victorian Branch, is Victoria's peak water safety and lifesaving organisation with a mission to prevent aquatic related death and injury across all Victorian communities.
Since the early 1900s lifesaving clubs have been an integral part of Australia's coastal and inland waterways, with volunteers providing education and training in lifesaving activities, as well as providing the iconic "SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS" patrolled areas. Life Saving Victoria has a vast network of lifesaving clubs acrossthe state extending from Mildura in the north, to Mallacoota in the east and Portland in the west. Over 18,000 volunteer club members ensure that all visitors to the state's patrolled coastal and inland waterways are provided witha safe and enjoyable aquatic experience.
In order to help achieve these goals, Life Saving Victoria has split the state into various districts.
The Mornington and Flinders Districts includes the following clubs:
- Dromana Bay
- Mt Martha
- Rosebud and McCrae
- Point Leo
All clubs offer a volunteer lifesaving service on weekends and public holidays and are always on the look out for new members. The 2012/2013 patrol season will run from Saturday 17th November 2012 and Monday 1st April 2013 in Port Phillip Bay and Saturday 1st December 2012 through to Monday 1st April 2013 at Coastal locations.
Sorrento, Portsea, Gunnamatta and Point Leo also offer a weekday Lifeguard service from Boxing Day through to Australia Day each year.
While training of new awards is generally run at each individual club, assessments are often held as a district. The district is now also working with external organisations such as Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Mornington and Southern Peninsula Rescue Service in Sorrento.