Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW
Surf Life Saving clubs began forming in 1907 in Australia, due to rapidly increasing visitors to the beach as a result of the gradual abolition of restrictive laws preventing bathing during daylight hours. As a result of this influx of visitors who were now permitted to bathe, the number of drownings increased to the point where something needed to be done, and from this need to protect, the modern surf club was born.
Clovelly SLSC, Sydney, NSW
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) provides the following statistics of their contribution to our beach lifestyle:
Bribie Island SLSC, Woorim Beach, QLD
Gone are the days where the clubs were a domain for the weekend volunteers who'd patrol the local beaches and hang out in the vastly under-utilised facilities. Today there are over 300 SLSC's around Australia, and many of these are starting to capitalise on their absolute beachfront locations by operating other services such as restaurants and bars to draw in the huge crowds that descend on the beach each week.
Copacabana SLSC, Central Coast, NSW
Lakes Entrance SLSC, Gippsland, VIC
If you'd like to get involved and help protect your local beach, visit Surf Life Saving Australia and join the movement.
Point Lookout SLSC, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article. The Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC's) of Australia have played a pivotal role in the safety of Australia's coastline for over 100 years, and their efforts should be celebrated and supported.