Developed in 2012 | Alive

Project Briefing

The SLSA iRisk application was used to guide those who make decisions affecting public safety in the coastal aquatic environment. As a result, the outputs of this tool, provides the vital supporting evidence to implement necessary awareness programs in the community.

Surf Life Saving Australia iRisk app collects enormous amounts of information about the area being assessed. This information is then used to compile a report that identifies hazards, evaluates risk and recommends risk mitigation strategies to land managers.

Assessors in the field traditionally have needed multiple items of equipment to complete the task, such as, dictaphones, cameras, handheld GPS receivers, notebooks and pencils. In dangerous environments this can be a lot of equipment to carry around. It has also been time consuming switching between equipment and recording all the information required on paper. Once this information has been collected there was then the task of compiling a report that often took weeks to complete depending on the size of the area being assessed.

The iRisk app has been designed to allow more risk assessments to be completed with greater detail, accuracy and efficiency, making the process accessible to more people at a fraction of the cost of other solutions available.

This was the first app of its kind to be developed. As such, its world leading approach to risk management and coastal public safety risk assessment services.

This application replaced an outdated approach to the problem of record keeping, removing the need for pen & paper and also making it much harder to lose data.

The iRisk application allowed users to be able to capture various types of digital media (text, images, video, audio, etc) regarding certain types of areas.

This information would then be stored on the iPad, until a network connection was available. This data would then be uploaded to the server that hosted our API.

Technical Details

  • This iOS application was written natively in Objective-C (as Swift wasn’t out yet).
  • CocoaPods was used for the dependency manager.



In 2012, this mobile application won the Mobile Design Awards for innovative design, in the ‘In Field Services’ category. You can read more about this below.

Mobile Awards 2012 Winners | SLSA iRisk