The History Of Surf Life-Saving Australia

The history of Surf Life-Saving Australia is a long and proud one. Established in 1901, the organization has been at the forefront of saving people from drowning and other aquatic emergencies for over 110 years. Today, Surf Life-Saving operates coast guard services in more than 15 states and territories, as well as providing beach safety education to thousands of Australians each year. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore the origins of Surf Life-Saving and its role in Australian coastal life. Establishing Surf Life-Saving. To find more about surf school then visit

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In 1901, at the height of surf-related deaths in Australia, a group of local lifeguards near Coffs Harbor held an emergency meeting to discuss how they could help prevent further drownings. 

The first Queensland Surf Life Saving Club formed on 16 March that year – with the aims being to ‘promote and conduct the practice of life saving and resuscitation’, as well as to ‘encourage and foster the training of youths for future service in these branches’. 

In order to meet these goals, it was decided that clubs would be established on a regional basis; volunteers would organize and fund their own clubs, which would then elect officers (usually a president and vice-president) and hire lifeguards for the day. 

Coffs Harbor Life Saving Club was formed on 16 March 1878, with a ‘subscription list of £3’ from ‘the respectable inhabitants’ of the town. In April 1884, two further clubs were formed: North Arm and South Arm Life Saving Clubs.