All Surf Life Saving Clubs provide volunteer beach patrols on their allocated beaches with some clubs patrolling two swimming areas or operating on a number of beaches.

The beach patrol is a team of volunteer members rostered for duty at a specified time. Each patrol team has a Patrol Captain responsible for the coordination of the patrol and they concentrate on three important activities:

Prevention - defining a swimming zone with red & yellow flags where lifesavers and lifesaving resources are concentrated.
Recognition - watching for anyone in distress or suffering an injury
Rescue - responding to those in urgent need of help

All qualified surf lifesavers wear the internationally recognised red and yellow patrol uniform and can be identified by wearing the red and yellow quartered cap, long sleeved yellow shirt, red shorts, swimming costume, and hat.

The red and yellow cap is an internationally recognised safety symbol and is proudly worn by surf lifesavers so they are easily identified by the public, particularly when they are performing patrol duties in the water. The cap is also worn by lifesavers for their own safety so they can easily be identified by fellow lifesavers.

Casuarina Beach 

Casuarina Beach is home to Darwin Surf Life Saving Club, and is part of the Casuarina Coastal Reserve, a 1180 ha reserve which encompasses the entire 4.5 km long beach as well as Lee Point.

The reserve offers a wide range of recreation facilities, as well as a section for nude bathing. The continuous sand beach begins on the eastern side of the Dripstone Cliffs and consists of a wide high tide beach, fronted by 200-300 m wide intertidal sand flats containing two low ridges and runnels. The beach terminates at rock flats that lie off sandy Lee Point. The surf club is located toward the southern end of the beach and is surrounded by the grassy reserve.

Darwin SLSC's volunteer lifesavers patrol Casuarina Beach on Saturday and Sunday's during the Dry Season.

For more information about Casuarina Beach, visit the Beachsafe website by clicking here.

Nightcliff Beach

Darwin SLSC also patrols Nightcliff Beach on Sunday's during the Dry Season.

Mindil Beach

Home to the Mindil Beach SLSC, Mindil Beach is Darwin’s most famous and popular beach, site of the casino and the night markets, and backed by the large Mindil Beach reserve. The 500m long beach faces west and is bordered by 15 m high Myilly and Bullocky points. It consists of a moderately steep 100m wide high tide beach, fronted by 200m wide low tide sand flats.

Mindil Beach is the only NT beach patrolled seven days a week during June to September.

  • SLSNT lifeguards patrol from 1.30-6.30pm Monday - Saturday.
  • Volunteer lifesavers from Mindil Beach SLSC patrol on Sundays from 1.30-6.30pm when the famous Mindil Markets are on.

For more information about Mindil Beach, visit the Beachsafe website by clicking here.

Town Beach

Town Beach (also known as Gadalathami Beach) is the main surfing beach for the Nhulunbuy-Gove region and home to Gove Peninsula SLSC. The club was established in 1974 and patrols the beach between May and October. The clubhouse is located on grassy bluffs at the very southern end of the beach, where it offers views up the beach and is backed by a large car park.

The beach is 3.3 km long and faces east, and is afforded some protection from the waves by Cape Arnhem, with waves averaging about 1m in height. They maintain a steep coarse sand beach fronted by a flat 50m wide low tide bar, together with some rocks in the surf in front of the club house.

For more information about Town Beach, visit the Beachsafe website by clicking here.