Welcome to Swapsea

Swapsea is a superior, award-winning patrol swap system for Surf Life Saving Clubs, evolved over seven seasons and over 1,000 swaps.

Clubs love Swapsea!

Want Swapsea for your club? Request a free trial.

North Bondi SLSC
Bronte SLSC
Wanda SLSC
Whale Beach SLSC
Northcliffe SLSC


Swapsea is built by clubbies, for clubbies.

Patrol Swaps

Make Swap Requests & Offers
Swapsea makes it easier for your club members to manage their patrol commitments, reduce the number of no-shows and ensure that substitutes are accountable. Patrol Captains can manage their people better and with greater confidence by knowing who is going to be on the beach in advance, as well who is qualified to do what.

Patrol Team Minimum Requirements
Swapsea automatically makes sure each Patrol meets the minimum requirements to be on duty. As long as both patrols in the swap would still meet the minimum requirements, anyone is free to swap with anyone else. This means that swaps are not limited to both people having the same qualifications - how about that!

Skills Maintenance

Skills Maintenance
Ensuring everyone is current with the latest knowledge and techniques is a critical task yet logisitical challenge. Swapsea makes signing up to Skills Maintenance sessions super simple, ensuring sessions aren't over-crowded for an optimal instructor-to-student ratio and focussed learning environment.

Awesome Reports

Sign-On Sheets
Swapsea helps club members manage their patrol commitments, so it's only natural to help Patrol Captains out too by providing up-to-date patrol sign-on sheets that are dynamically generated and account for all swaps in-and-out. Plus they include up-to-date records of awards and contact details.


Weekly Patrol Reminders
We all get distracted from time to time, and forget we have a patrol on the weekend. Not anymore! Swapsea will automatically send a reminder email to all patrollers rostered on for the coming weekend. The reminder time is configurable by Club.

Skills Maintenance Reminders
Motivating and ensuring every patroller attends a Skills Maintenance session can be a daunting task. Swapsea regularly reminds those who haven't signed up yet - to sign up. And Swapsea reminds them again the week they need to attend.

Calendar Sync

Calendar Sync
Sync all patrol commitments to Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar or any other service that supports .ics files. Your diary is automatically updated when you swap too. It's just another thing Swapsea does to help manage patrol commitments.

Mobile Ready

Better for the active you
Swapsea has been designed mobile-first, so you can manage your patrol commitments anywhere at any time, as you'd expect. Swapsea works on your commute to work or when catching up with fellow members. It even works well at the beach - right where you need it.


Swapsea is not-for-profit, covering costs only.

$ FREE /season
Smaller clubs (< 200 patrollers)
Patrol Swaps
Skills Maintenance Sign ups
Weekly Reminders
Calendar Sync
Automatic import from Surfguard
* SMS costs not included
$ 300 /season
200+ patrollers
Everything in FREE, plus
Priority Support
End of Season reports
Feature Requests
*GST not applicable

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does it work?:
    It takes two people to make a swap in Swapsea. The requestor advertises the patrol they need a swap for. Someone else makes an offer in exchange for another rostered patrol. If suitable, the requestor then confirms the offer and the deal is on. Each party is notified by email and receives a reminder ahead of their new patrol.
  2. Why does it work?:
    Swapsea works because the Club honours a Swapsea swap as a handshake deal. Patrollers cannot go back on their word. Also, by having a reciprocal swap, two people are committed to the change and patrols remain fully manned.
  3. Why use Swapsea?:
    Fewer no-shows means adequately resourced patrols, happier members and safer beaches.
  4. Where is the data coming from?:
    Each Club is responsible for keeping Swapsea up to date using “Custom reports” from the SLSA Surfguard system. Detailed instructions are provided to Clubs.
  5. What about Privacy?:
    Swapsea abides by the same Australian Privacy Principles as SLSA and takes privacy extremely seriously. We are professional developers who have our own personal data on this system too, and take all necessary precautions to keep that data secure and private. See our Terms of Use.
  6. Do other clubs use Swapsea?:
    Yes. Swapsea launched in 2012/13 and has evolved to support clubs in multiple states with special requirements.
  7. How much does it cost?:
    Clubs pay for Swapsea per season to cover hosting and support. To avoid the pre-season rush, there is early bird pricing.
  8. Who developed Swapsea?:
    Swapsea launched in 2013 when some guys from North Bondi Surf Club couldn’t believe nobody had done this before. Two years later SLSA built Substitutes into Members Area which we think is an inferior imitation and that Swapsea remains the best - and keeps getting better.