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Tamarama Surf Life Saving desperately needs your support to keep our lifesavers saving lives, continue our Migrant Surf Safety Days, develop our Aboriginal Youth Outreach projects,  and to rebuild our collapsing clubhouse into a state-of-the-art community education and training facility.

$1,000 and Lulu and Danny perform a 1000 burpee challenge! Watch us jump until we vomit! Or join in! Fitness fun for the entire family! 


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    Become a lifesaver at Tamarama

    Attaining a lifesaving award will enable you to become part of one of Surf Lifesaving Australia’s Foundation Clubs, and being part of Tamarama’s iconic lifesaving heritage.

    The Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue) or the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) are the qualifications you need to wear the famous Red & Yellow uniform and patrol the beach to keep Tamarama safe.

    Tamarama SLSC will be running our next Bronze Medallion course commencing in September 2020. 

    As part of our commitment to diversity and an inclusive club, we are offering all women an opportunity to bring a friend to the course free of charge. We are also offering all new members under 30 to take advantage of our student rate of $250. 

    Pre-requisites for the Bronze Medallion:

    • Be able to attend 80% of the scheduled 10 consecutive Saturday mornings, 2 Sundays and 2 Wednesday evenings
    • Aged 15+ on the date of the assessment.
    • Be able to complete a 400m swim in the pool in under 9 minutes.
    • Be available to patrol Tamarama Beach.


    Information Evening:  Wednesday 16th September 7pm Tamarama SLSC

    Timed Swim:              Wednesday 23rd September location TBC 

    This is a 10 week course that requires a high level of commitment outside the Saturday sessions, including self-paced modules, 1 x shadow patrol (commitment to a full patrol during training), 1 x Sunday for First Aid and 1 x Sunday for Advanced Resuscitation. 

    Optional weekly swim training: Mondays 6:30pm Victoria Park Pool Swimming Pool

    Each Saturday training session will start at Tamarama SLSC at 8am. 

    Information Night Wednesday 16th Sept 19:00 - 19:30 Tamarama SLSC Clubhouse  
    Timed Swim Wednesday 23rd Sept Time and location tbc  
    Week 1  Saturday 26 Sept 08:00 to 13:00  Theory and prac
    Week 2 Saturday 3rd Oct 08:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 3 Saturday 10th Oct 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 4 Saturday 17th Oct 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 5 Saturday 24th Oct 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 6 Saturday 31st Oct 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 7 Saturday 7th Nov 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 8 Saturday 14th Nov 8:00 to 13:00 Theory and prac
    Week 9 Wednesday 18th Nov MOCK ASSESSMENT PART A 6:30pm Theory
    Week 9 Saturday 21st Nov MOCK ASSESSMENT PART B 8:00 to 13:00 Prac
    Week 10 Wednesday 25th Nov PART A ASSESSMENT 6:30pm Theory
    Week 10 Saturday 28th Nov PART B ASSESSMENT Prac

    ***There will also be two Sundays for First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate dates TBC***


    There is a minimum attendance requirement, and missing more than one session will put you at risk of falling behind. Much of the assessment is team based and therefore if you’re not up to standard, you’d be putting the success of your colleagues at risk. Where a candidate has missed more than one week’s training, the Chief Instructor and Deputy Chief Instructors will make a case by case determination whether that candidate can complete the remainder of the course.

    We will teach the skills, techniques and theory knowledge, but you will also need to revise and read the course manual. Expect to spend an hour or so reading the course manual between classes to revise. We will hold a couple of optional revision sessions nearer the assessment dates.

    Tamarama has a very dedicated volunteer education team who give up a lot of their free time to train the courses, and we have a 100% pass rate. We’re confident that you will also pass if you apply yourself to the course.

    What you will learn

    •     Surf skills and awareness
    •     Surf rescue skills
    •     Emergency first aid and resuscitation
    •     How to create a safer beach environment for our community 


    •     improve your general fitness
    •     improve your surf swimming and board paddling
    •     become a valued part of a friendly and supportive team
    •     once qualified: use club equipment: racing boards, surf skis, surf boats, gym
    •     once qualified: group training for surf swimming, rowing, surf skis.  
    •     once qualified: compete in surf club carnivals.

    Essential requirements

    • The Bronze Medallion course is not a light undertaking and requires commitment, however we know you will find it rewarding and enjoyable.
    • The course requires you to spend some of your own time during the week reading and revising the course materials, and working on your swimming and general fitness throughout.
    • We cover a lot of classroom and practical material during the course and experience tells us you cannot miss more than one class or you will fall behind and risk not being able to sit the assessment. Before signing up, have a think about your ability to actively participate in the entire course

    Ongoing Patrol Commitment

    On successful completion of the course you will be allocated to a patrol and be on duty at the beach for one weekend morning or afternoon (4-5 hours) approximately every three weeks. The more members we have the lighter the patrol requirements will be. As a small club with limited training resources we prefer to train those who want to become part of our surf club and help patrol the beach for many seasons to come.


    The following fees include all training and materials for the Bronze Medallion or SRC course, patrol uniform, keys to the club.

    Includes 2 Years of Membership Fees and uniform.

    Course Cost
    Bronze Medallion Course $420
    Bronze Medallion Course (concession*) $250
    Bronze Medallion Course (15-18 years old) $250
    Surf Rescue Certificate (13 – 15 years old) $250

    * Full time student, pensioner or unemployed, please bring proof of concession with you. Parents or Guardians of Children who are Cadet Members or enrolled in Tamarama SLSC Nippers may access this concession rate.


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    After the first stage  involving years of work to fully gain Development Approval, Tamarama SLSC is now in the second stage of its Clubhouse renovation which is the detailed design phase. This stage is fully funded – primarily through grants successfully won from the NSW Government.

    This stage involves the work of many specialists to map all the work on areas such as engineering, fixtures and fittings, thermal modelling and much more. The net result of all this work combined with the architectural work for the DA itself will then be utilised to tender for the right builder for our project.

    Here’s an exciting ‘fly through’ experience of the renovated Clubhouse:


  • More weekends patrolling at regional beaches and club swaps

    Anyone interested in weekends patrolling with other regional clubs?

  • Reconciliation Strategy

    The Management Committee of the Tamarama SLSC has developed a strategy for the clubs’ indigenous engagement. We have shared this strategy with local indigenous leaders and we now are sharing this strategy with our members for feedback.  Following feedback from members we would like the final strategy to be approved by members at the Annual General Meeting. We would like members to embrace and engage with the actions in this strategy.

    Tamarama SLSC Reconciliation Strategy

    Tamarama SLSC supports the Uluru Statement From The Heart and will work to educate our community to bring about the necessary constitutional reform and the Makaratta Commission called for in the Statement.

    Tamarama SLSC has revived the successful Holly Days program to include 10 indigenous kids in the clubs Nipper program.  Through the Nippers program we aim to have a growing participation of indigenous people in our club.

    Within five years would aim to have the following indigenous participation:

    • 20 children in the nippers program
    • 2 qualified SRC on patrols
    • 1 bronze medallion holders on patrol
    • 1 adult nipper age managers
    • 1 member of the management committee
    • An indigenous training unit of study for each Nippers age group incorporating language, culture and knowledge with an emphasis on the sea and beach. Potential to pilot this program to be incorporated into SLSA for all nippers training.

    Call for Volunteers

    We seek club members to volunteer for the following roles:

    • Assisting Jo Miller with the work of arranging, picking up and returning indigenous kids throughout the 2018/2019 season.
    • Leading and working on the development of the Indigenous Training Unit for Nippers with local indigenous community.  We would welcome a range of people to take part in this work, particularly people with an interest in indigenous issues and have a teaching or training background.

    Please contact Tim Murray on to provide feedback on the Tamarama SLSC reconciliation strategy and to volunteer to take part in the process.


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  • Patrol Roster


    Patrol Allocations 19/20 (Upcoming Season to be confirmed). 

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  • Building A New Legacy



    As one of the foundation clubs of Australia’s surf lifesaving movement Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club has maintained a record of ‘no lives lost’ during its volunteer patrols since 1906.

    The club currently needs $4.56 million for a major upgrade of its iconic clubhouse so it can continue serving the community through lifesaving patrols, education programs and provision of clubhouse access to community groups including Zumba, yoga and martial arts.

    110 Years of Community Service

    The club’s volunteer members have provided a valuable community service for over 100 years. During the past 3 patrol seasons our volunteers have performed:

    • 183 rescues
    • 3,253 preventative actions that stopped beachgoers getting into initial difficulty, and
    • Hundreds of first aid treatments ranging from jellyfish stings to dislocations

    Recent surf safety programs include a successful Indigenous outreach program, public surf education with club member Dr Rob Brander (aka Dr Rip) and first aid training for community groups.

    Context for Our Clubhouse Upgrade

    The club’s iconic clubhouse is a hub for the club’s surf lifesaving operations and broad community use. With the passing of time it has degraded and is no longer fit for purpose. Major deficiencies are: 

    • The storage shed for lifesaving equipment is in poor condition and of inadequate size
    • Female members are not adequately catered for with insufficient number of showers & toilets
    • The changerooms have limited access to natural light and ventilation
    • Varying floor levels and steps throughout the building present numerous trip hazards
    • There is inequitable access to the first floor & no disabled toilet or shower

    Community Benefits of the Upgrade

    Tamarama SLSC has a vision to be a vibrant, sustainable and growing club for the benefit of the community through its core lifesaving function, public education and community engagement.

    The building upgrade will help Tamarama SLSC:

    • Grow its membership to get ‘more eyes on the beach’ & better resource education and training, competition, junior development and community outreach initiatives
    • Improve the vantage point for beach surveillance during patrols
    • Through additional storage space for rescue equipment & improved areas for education and training activities like first aid courses
    • Offer broader use by community groups/events such as art exhibitions, fitness classes & yoga, martial arts training, school groups, service clubs meetings, disability groups, mothers groups, weddings, christenings and funerals

    The restoration and ensured longevity of the historic clubhouse will ensure the public can continue enjoying this local landmark with its unique history well into the future.

    Realising the Upgrade

    With all the necessary development approvals now in place, strong philanthropic, building industry and government support is needed to bring this greatly needed community project to fruition.

    If you think you can contribute, directly or indirectly, please get in touch on 0435 034 396 or .


  • Club Collections

    Please note that if you would like to view our collections held at Waverley Council Library you will need to organise an appointment as our items are held 'behind the scenes' in the archives. Phone 02 9386 7777.

    Read below to get an overview of two reports that are a significant part of the process towards better management of the Club's collections: Significance Assessment, and Preservation Needs Assessment.

    1. Significance Assessment

    Currently the Club has no formal system of managing its collections. In a first and important step to rectify this a grant application was submitted and in late 2012 the Club was very fortunate to receive funds to undertake a significance assessment of the Club collections. Thanks to the ‘Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme’, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum we engaged Significance International. The assessing began in February 2013 and was completed in April; without a published Club history or any formal documentation of the Club collections it was challenging.

    The exciting news is we have unique items of national significance! Highlights from the report include:


    • Early letters of correspondence regarding matters concerning Tamarama Surf Bathing and Life Saving Club (1908- 1912) and handwritten and typed TSLSC minute books (1909-1927) and (1927-1948) and (1948-1959) including annual reports from 1929-1946. Other correspondence between TSLSC foundation president & Waverley Council alderman George Philip and Thomas Jessop MLA for Waverley with regards to public access to Tamarama Beach - there was a time when the beach was private property. These objects document the club’s early role in the emergence of surf life saving in Australia - as one of only nine clubs included in the formation of the New South Wales Surf Bather’s Life Saving Association (the precursor to today’s Surf Life Saving Australia) in 1907 and the unique circumstances under which the club was formed and its foundation members’ role as the leaders of the first successful community protest for the public ‘right’ to access Sydney’s ocean foreshore in 1906/7.


    • Items reflecting the club’s long link to Jack 'Bluey' Mayes, one of Australia’s earliest surfboard riders and considered the best (toothpick) boardrider in Australia from the 40′s to the 50′s. Known as the original Bondi Bodgie he was a unique juxtaposition of discipline and larrikinism and combined active membership of the Club with a wild and experimental surfing career. Widely regarded as an outstanding waterman he led the Club to numerous competition victories as sweep of the club’s surfboat and performed a number of notable rescues at Tamarama while on patrol. In his later years he was known as the Mayor of Tamarama due to his combined role of President and caretaker in the 1990s. His ashes are interred in the rocks of South Bondi.

    Numerous recommendations were provided and the Management Committee supports the spirit of those recommendations which essentially address:


    • Introducing policies and procedures to manage the collection;
    • Guidelines for researching and developing the collection;
    • Developing strategies for targeting collecting;
    • Better storage and conservation of the collection;
    • Interpretive uses for the collection; and
    • A Club Member being responsible progressing for the above

    As noted in the report the ‘Tamarama SLSC collection is significant because it tangibly reveals the long history of connections between the surf club, its members (both past and present), the beach they patrol and the community they serve’. The Management Committee recognises the importance of our collections and this essential journey will continue.

    2. Preservation Needs Assessment

    The Club is very fortunate to again receive funds via the ‘Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme’, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum. International Conservation Services have undertaken the assessment which builds on the recommendations of the Significance Assessment (above). The assessing began in January 2014 and was completed in March; the report was well received by the Management Committee.

    The Preservation Needs Assessment gets down to the nitty gritty and makes numerous recommendations including immediate preservation requirements:

    • STORAGE. Improve storage shelving and housing for the items in storage at the Clubhouse. The shelving may be re-used once the Clubhouse is re-furbished.
    • POLICIES. Write and implement clear collection policies on what items should be kept, as well as future acquisitions, conservation, security and display etc.
    • INVENTORY. Create an inventory of all items at the Clubhouse and at the Waverley Council Library and establish a system where this is kept up to date.

    Once these recommendations are implemented, the Club will move to the next phase of consolidation and ongoing maintenance of the collection. Gaps in the collection will be identified so the Club knows what to collect, and plans made for conservation treatments and displays.

  • Club History

    Extracts from Sixty Years Recollections of Swimming and Surfing in the Eastern Suburbs by George Blackmore Philip, foundation President and thirty two years President of the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club. Published 1940.

    In The Beginning"

    Formerly known as Dixon Bay, Aquarium and Wonderland City Beach I now attempt to visualise some of my most treasured memories endeavouring to place on record its history from early records at my disposal.

    At the time of writing I have been unable to ascertain when the name was changed from Dixon's Bay to Tamarama, and the meaning of the word. It was by that name it was known when I first resided in Tamarama Street in the nineties of the last century overlooking the Glen to the Pacific Ocean.

    It was in this picturesque or beautiful setting known as Fletcher's Glen - a property that was graded and terraced to the bottom of the surrounding hills, leading to the silver sand on the edge of the waves as the Pacific Ocean washed the shore in its varying modes, surrounded by typical foliage equal in beauty to our Blue Mountains. The public access to the Bay was from the foot of Birrell Street, down a rugged incline covered by dense scrub until you reached what is known to-day as Tamarama Park, comprising eight acres with a gradual fall to the ocean beach, a small creek running through, finding its outlet across the sandy beach. The surroundings on the north and south were rocky headlands - that on the south being many feet above the rocky coast below, on the north the cliffs many feet above the beach and rocks, which you climbed around to pass the headland to the miniature Bay between Tamarama Bay and Bondi Beach, formerly known as MacKenzie's Beach. It was on this headland that in later years the Surf Club was built facing south, a few yards off the cliffs where you could stand viewing the headlands in their virgin setting and the shining sandy beach below as the waves broke on the beach, sparkling in the sun as they spread across the beach, gradually receding to mingle again with the ever-restless sea and listen to the roar of the waves as they pounded on the rocks below, or looking east to the break of day, as the sun gradually emerged from the ocean announcing the dawn of another day, spreading its radiant beam across the sea, forming a glorious background to all sorts and conditions of ships nearing their journey's end at the dawn of day.

    Few dwelling in the surrounding hills, secluded from the haunts of men till its attractive seclusion gradually gave place to a broader knowledge percolating through the channels of participators to the outer world, and its fame as an exclusive surfing beach became known, and as far as I know was the first beach where surfing was permitted after the early morning sunshine. It soon grew to such popularity till the surfers numbered hundreds at the week-ends, particularly on Sundays. The light we had with the arm of the law in the personality of the Waverley Police confirm this. The original few that gathered on the rocks where later the site of the clubhouse was to stand, and a large sprinkling of tramway employees that assembled on the rocks at the southern side, became a number of all sorts and conditions of men, women and children whose anxious eyes were turned to the surrounding hill to see if the enjoyment was to be molested by the appearance of the white helmet and blue uniform to not dampen, but rather to dry their morning pleasure which was no uncommon occurrence.

    You will quite understand by the time that surfing became legal we considered ourselves no small potato, and started to control the beach as I was an Alderman, and thought I owned the earth. Mr. Spooner was mild in comparison with our supervising. If one of the fair sex appeared as they do to-day they would have been ordered of the beach and if not prepared to walk would have been carried off. I remember one incident when a man on the southern side of the beach had the audacity to lower his costume off his shoulders and I went over to tell him it was not allowed. I was told where to go, reinforced by language containing all the colours of the rainbow. I just walked away in the lordly way I thought an Alderman should, to the clubhouse. It was not long before I had a deputation of the members from the beach asking me to overlook the incident, which I most magnanimously did, particularly as I did not know where I stood in the matter; but anyway, if it was bluff, I won.

    Years before the forming of Surf and Life-saving Associations

    For many years in the early days of the present century a band of surfers met, mainly on Sunday mornings, and the weekly associations gradually united into a definite body which is, from my experience, the general outcome of any gathering, political, municipal and others.

    The Sunday morning came when the greatest tragedy of the beach occurred, and brought home to us that some practical use must be made of the friendship that had generated from our surf-bathing association, when one of my greatest friends, Mr. G. Banks (June 9th 1907), was drowned.

    Surf Bathing Fatality The undertow in Tamarama Bay (from Sydney Morning Herald June 10th 1906)

    A sad fatality occurred yesterday morning, when Gerald Lay Banks, 47, an accountant, was drowned while surf bathing in Tamarama Bay, Bondi. About 11.45 Banks, together with a friend, Augustus Mulder, of Ruthven Street, Randwick, went in to bathe off the beach. There was a very heavy sea on, and both swimmers soon found themselves in difficulties, having been carried off their feet by the undertow. They called for help, and three young men, Harold Hartley, of John Street, Woollahra, Roy Doyie, living in Rennie Street, Paddington, and Reginald Rogers, a resident of Paddington Street, Paddington, seized the lifeline and went to their assistance. Mulder was not taken out so far as his companion, and he struggled into a fairly safe position, from where he was helped ashore in an exhausted condition. Banks, however, was washed almost straight out, and all efforts to reach him with the lifeline were unsuccessful, and his body was seen to float around the point in the direction of Bronte Beach. Two members of the Bronte Life Saving Club went over with over with a life buoy and line, but they, too, were unsuccessful in their efforts to rescue the unfortunate man. The pilot steamer Captain Cook was telegraphed for, and she steamed to the scene of the accident. Arrived off the beach the pilot steamer's boat was launched, and two seamen sent to search for the body. They ultimately recovered it, floating face downwards, about 150 yards from the rocks. It was conveyed in the Captain Cook to Watson's Bay, and handed over to the police, who took it to the morgue.

    I have always been of the opinion, rightly or wrongly, that had it not been for the fire that occurred in my George Street business establishment it would not have occurred as we were always together on Sunday mornings in the surf, and what I think occurred was that, talking with one of the surf bathers, unknowingly in the interest of the subject he gradually walked beyond the margin of safety and though his companion, a strong swimmer, was able to get back to the safety zone, my friend, not being so physically strong, was carried out and the shock to evidently a weak heart completed the tragedy as he never sank. His body floated on the surface of the water till the "Captain Cook" (our Government pilot steamer) came round and rescued his body.

    The first I heard of it was, after visiting the scene of the fire, I went on to the beach and just as I reached the Glen, a man came rushing up to me and said, "Your friend, Banks, is drowned." After recovering from the shock, I wondered what I should do, but being just about the close of the morning service at his and my Church I at once went to see the late Rev. R. Noake, and asked him if he would tell his widow of the terrible tragedy. The only duty that was left his friends was to go on the Sunday afternoon to see the outward shell of a great friend and a noble Christian gentlemen who had been called home. In my opinion a great life was lost.

    That was the foundation of the Surf & Life-Saving Association, and at the cost of his life untold numbers of lives would be saved in the future. It also called forth the greatest virtue in mankind, as when her little band of friends practically endeavoured to show the depth of their love and appreciation in a tangible form by inaugurating one if not the greatest records of the hearts of the people, to aid their fellows in distress, and when we commenced a campaign to assist his widow and family, we achieved probably the greatest practical demonstration of the hearts of the people of Waverley; all sorts and conditions of the municipality responded, and we were able to raise enough funds to build two small cottages in Denham Street, and with what he had accumulated in his considerate life, place the widow and family beyond the bounds of financial difficulties.

    As I have said previously, I believe that this tragedy was the saving of many lives as it was brought home to us had there been a life line on the beach, with the able swimmers available, his life would have been saved, for even the strongest swimmer has his limitations, and if exhausted in his endeavour, there was always the coming back, for it is universally known that in the victim's moments of great anxiety to save his life, would probably endanger the life of their rescuers going out to help them, with the possible result of a double tragedy. But with the confidence of a life line and comrades on the beach, he would feel they should reach the beach in safety. But something more than a life line was needed, and it was this that created, in my opinion, the first reel on the beaches. The design of the Reel was the outcome of the combined Committee's serious deliberations. It is one of the most cherished heirlooms of the club, and the outcome was the binding us more closely to avert in future such appalling catastrophes, gradually developing into the formation of a Surf and Life Saving Club and the building of a club house, which took some time to accomplish, having to build at our own limited expense. I have before me the bill (November 30th, 1908)

    Dr. to Andrew McKay.

    Erecting building for the TAMARAMA Life Saving Club as per Tender Concrete Piers inclosed with iron bars (which have stood the test of time through all the gales that beat upon the coast), for the sum of Sixty-Two Pounds. Received on account Twenty-Five Pounds, the remaining Thirty-Seven Pounds was borrowed from one of the Members.

    Cutting the wires

    In 1906 the beach had grown in favour, and was familiarly known as Wonderland Beach, Wonderland City being at the height of its popularity, was at this time taking in the whole of what is known today as Tamarama Park, the boundary on the beach being a strong concrete foundation supporting a fence about eight feet high, blocking every possible access.

    The only access tot he beach being to scramble round the rocks, this did not trouble the kids of the district, who were as agile as monkeys, from climbing round the coast over what appeared almost unsurmountable rocks, watching their opportunity to save the entrance fee, which did not improve the revenue. The management decided to endeavour to stop the leakage and close both ends with strong posts covered with barbed wire down to the cliff edge on the south and across the intervening rocks to the edge of the ocean on the north. The fun commenced. Bill Stewart was never so happy as when getting up at the break of day and going to the edge of the rocks on the south side and cutting the wires: the north side was our biggest proposition, as the rocks were fairly level right down to the ocean.

    Then the word came that we were to be beaten, saying the management of Wonderland City were endeavouring to secure a lease of the beach from the Government for an indefinite period, to exclude the public.

    The fight was on in earnest (not with wire clippers); one body to secure the right of the beach as a commercial enterprise, the other to save the beach for the people. It fell to my lot to lead the fray and we soon learned the best slogan was "taking away beaches and parks from the people." We emphasised this in and out of season. It was more effective than all the Wonderland people's arguments. You will notice from the reprinted records the total absence of the members of the Waverley Municipal Council. I have often wondered why. It will be plainly seen the fight was confined to future members of the Club. I am convinced had we not so strenuously taken up the fight the lease would have been given.

    A Brief outline of the gradual development of the Tamarama Surf Club from the first annual meeting

    After the clubhouse was opened, members from Bondi Club periodically visited Tamarama Club and gave instruction in life saving. These, I believe, later led to the holding of a carnival, then known as a gymkhana, in conjunction with Wonderland City, to draw the crowds. I remember vividly the Captain Cook anchored off the beach, and on one occasion the sea was very rough and all the lines became tangled and most of the would-be rescuers had to be rescued.

    With the closing of Wonderland City the club drifted along smoothly, being more social than anything else, but nobody was ever drowned. This state was brought about, I think, by the appointment of a commission to go into the question of surf bathing, and as a result of this Tamarama was condemned as unsafe for bathing. From then on, Tamarama seemed to be treated as a "Cinderella" and was forgotten completely by the Surf Association, and almost forgotten by the council, though they did provide a reel and appoint a few beach inspectors. This state of affairs continued till about the war period - although the young members were very good swimmers, as they proved later when they joined Bronte Club, although they had little knowledge of actual rescue work. With the outbreak of war, the majority of these younger members enlisted (the Club Honour Board discloses that 17 members enlisted, 3 making the ultimate sacrifice). At this stage I believe the membership was limited to 50.

    With the loss of practically all their young members and good swimmers, the older members decided that something should be done in the matter, and Billy Morris was given permission to train six or so of the very young boys for the Royal Life Saving Examination, which was a still water examination. The examination was held at Bronte Baths and they all passed. This team carried on till the later end of the war when, alas, four of them heard the call to King and Country and enlisted. The other two drifted to neighbouring clubs. The end of the war again found the club more socially inclined than active.

    Of course during this time all the ruins of Wonderland City gradually disappeared and the land sold and was gradually becoming a residential area. Then began an influx of younger members who, I regret to say, preferred to practise gymnastics on the beach rather than the art of life saving. This state of affairs continued till about 1926 or 1927 when the council suddenly came to life with a request that the Club should sign a five year lease for the club house site.

    The committee after making enquiries regarding this legal side of the matter, decided nothing could be done to evade the lease and decided to sign. One of the clauses of the lease was to the effect that the Club patrol the beach from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays and 9am to 6pm on Sundays and Public Holidays, and also to nominate six honorary beach inspectors. After the lease had been signed, the Council again requested that all honorary beach inspectors should be qualified life-savers (this meaning that they should all be holders of the Bronze Medallion of the S.L.S. Association). As none of the members held the medallion, the Committee was in a quandary as to how the Club was to carry out this clause of the lease when when the Surf Life Saving Association sent out a delegate with a request that Tamarama affiliate with the Surf Life Saving Association. After listening to a lengthy address by the delegate, the committee decided that it would be to the best interest of all concerned that the Club affiliate (but not without some mild hostility form the older members, who resented outside interference, after having been independent and self supporting for so many years). The active members became very enthusiastic and got down to work in earnest, two nights each week and Saturday and Sunday being devoted to drill, the S.L.S.A. kindly providing efficient instructors. Thus at the close of the season 1928-29 13 members had passed the Bronze Medallion Examination in reply to the Council's request that Beach inspectors should be qualified. The senior members of the club, appreciating the efforts of these members, held a complimentary smoke concert in their honour, at which the Medallions were presented by the President, Mr. G.B. Philip.

    Tamarama SLSC Honour Board

    Club Champions Life Members

    Tamarama SLSC Honour Board

    Date Description
    April 2001 IRB row splits lifesavers
    April 1999 McGrath Supports Life Savers
    November 1996 Tide turning against growth in lifesaving club membership
    November 1995 When it comes to rips, this prince of tides does a swell job
    September 1994 Your life in their hands
    February 1994 Trouble at Tamarama
    February 1994 Looks can deceive. Blame it on the Bronte Express
    January 1994 Popular city beach's high on danger list
    September 1990 Pluck's rubber ducky
    October 1987 The Lifesavers
    January 1987 Storm tragedy at Tamarama
    March 1947 Female March Past


  • Club Stories

    Tamarama SLSC heritage including the collections is brought to life by the stories associated with it. The Club does not currently have a written oral history; it has memories, stories and folklore from many generations of Members. To get the ball rolling on this front the Club recently launched a film based on the interviews of most of our Life Members.

    A Way of Life: a film by Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club is a project (see below) that has gone a long way to sharing the stories of the Club from the 1940s to the 1980s but also the broader surf life saving movement of that time. The film is not an attempt to document the history of the Club; it’s about the culture of the Club which makes for really interesting viewing.

    The film is an awesome result but only part of the outcome. A significant part of the outcome is that each of the 50 minute interviews have been transcribed. The Club now has a fantastic record of facets of the Club during that time including: education & training; patrols & equipment; competition; the physical clubhouse; the social side; womens association with the Club; and most importantly the meaning of the Club to the Life Members. In addition these transcripts show a way of life of the local community and the surf life saving community where many things have changed and many things have stayed the same.

    Please contact Philippa Ardlie who produced and directed A Way of Life at or 0422 408 706 for further information or with queries.



    The launch of the film on Thursday 17 July was a wonderful event. Many of our Life Members, along with their family and friends joined Club members and the community for a fantastic night at the Randwick Ritz Cinema. The film is the end product of a project to capture Life Members memories and stories for posterity. A Way of Life: a film by Tamarama SLSC is supported through funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program.THANKS!

    Below you will find: Buy the DVD (very important!), Host a Screening, Education & Research, and Background Info including photos taken during filming. Photos of the launch are peniding; in the meantime check out


    Tama_AWayOfLife_A4.pdf: A4 Poster for A Way of Life: a film by Tamarama SLSC. Huge thanks to Club Member Nerida Orsatti for this fantastic poster.


    The spirit of courage, community and camaraderie at Tamarama Beach - one of Australia's most dangerous and loved beaches - is now available on DVD (Blue-Ray pending). Go to our online shop to order your copy.

    We don't want to turn you in to dobbers on this matter (you can make your choice on that) but if you know of someone who has burnt a copy of the DVD we do encourage you to make that person feel so guilty that they go to the online shop and buy themselves a copy.

    ALL FUNDS raised from the sale of DVDs go directly back to Tamarama SLSC - thank you for your support


    Tamarama SLSC welcomes screenings of A Way of Life around the globe; especially in Australia.

    Whether you are a surf life saving club or other community group, or some other organisation there is a COST based on differing CRITERIA and you must SIGN UP to host a screening.

    • Private screenings, outside of those who purchased the DVD for their own viewing, are not permitted.
    • In registering a screening with Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club (Club), the Club implicitly gives you the permission to host a public screening.
    • Any other public screening not registered though the Club is considered breach of copyright.


    the costs below are subject to change at the discretion of Tamarama SLSC


    • all funds raised from screenings go directly back to Tamarama SLSC
    • payments must be made prior to the event per 'sign up' below
    • a receipt will be issued upon payment
    • allow time for postage of the DVD whether locally, nationally or internationally
    • Blu- Ray gives a better picture and sound quality

    20 people or less: $TBD screening fee including the A Way of Life DVD or $TBD for Blu-Ray

    20 - 50 people: $200 screening fee including the A Way of Life DVD or $205 for Blu-Ray

    50 - 100 people: $350 screening fee including the A Way of Life DVD or $305 for Blu-Ray

    100 people or more: Contact or 0422 408 706

    Large Event: If you are planning a larger event like a Cinema screening, Conference or Festival there is a Screening Rental Fee and Tamarama SLSC will receive a percentage of the ticket price. Contact or 0422 408 706


    Note: You may not advertise A Way of Life as an event or a part of an event until you have signed up.

    1. Date and Time

    It’s up to you to decide when you will host the screening.

    2. Venue

    You may wish to host the screening in a library, community hall or other similar place. The logistics behind this are in your hands.

    You may also wish to host a screening at a cinema. You will need to liaise with the cinema regarding your booking.

    3. Register

    To host a screening you MUST register with the Club by emailing with the following information:


    • An email address and contact number.
    • The date and time of your screening.
    • The venue name and address.
    • The capacity of the venue (number of seats available)

    4. Collateral

    Once you register you will be asked to pay for the DVD or Blu-ray based on ‘cost and criteria’ above. You will then be sent an appropriate pack such as a poster so that you may advertise your screening.

    Happy screening!



    Tamarama SLSC encourages the use of the A Way of Life for educational and research purposes. It is the intention of the Club to make the full interview transcripts available for educational research purposes also. Access to the club collections is a long term heritage priority for the Club. SeeAboutUsHeritage for information on the broader Heritage Project.

    NOTE: you MUST advise the Club of your intent and purpose before permission is granted.

    Please contact for further information.



    In 2012 Tamarama SLSC undertook to capture the stories of its Life Members for posterity. The stories of many of the Club's Life Members capture the spirit of community, camaraderie and courage at one of Australia's most dangerous and loved beaches. These memories identify the long history of connections between the Club, its Members (past and present), the beach and service to the community.

    Following numerous meetings and planning a major piece of work was undertaken to digitally record the stories of Life Members. Naturally this requires money and the Club was incredibly fortunate to receive significant funding under the the Federal Government ‘Your Community Heritage Project – Sharing Community Stories’ scheme.


    Round 1 was undertaken in February 2013 - before funding was received so thanks to the Management Committee for relevant approvals and dosh! This one time opportunity to record Club stories is being taken seriously so we have have engaged professional cameramen, David Collins and Paul Ree, to ensure the resulting film is of the highest quality. Thanks very much to Ivan Butterworth, Alexander Cahill, Cedric Davis, Kenneth Eastment, Edward (Ted) Gillroy, Neville Gray, Don Keech, Robert Marrott, Doug McDonnell?, and Kenneth Stewart our Life Members who took time out to share their stories.

    Following a nervous wait to ensure we had funds Round 2 got underway. Frank Smith, Graeme Brewer, Brian Beer, Ron Muller, Neil Smith, Henry Hourihan, John Shand, John Hall, Robert Hodgson, Geoff Mould, and John Proctor sat in front of the camera in September 2013.

    The third round and final round was recently completed. Over December to February 2014 Brian Henry, John Bell, Ron Norman, Clive Owens, Dick Sheldon, Max Martin and Paul Cooper took their turn under the spotlight.

    Special mention to Club Member Adrian Brown (heritage adviser) who stayed with me through the journey of planning, interviewing and filming. What a ride!


    Somewhere during the final lot of interviews the transcribing got underway; the Club now has a fantastic record of the transcripts in the written word. Thanks to Anne Marie Allan.

    Then the serious business of editing started. Dan Brophy has done an excellent job in watching around 20 hours of footage and pulling out a captivating storyline. I can vouch that there were many weekends and plenty of late nights getting the film completed.

    Huge thanks to Club Member Paul Kennedy (producer) who turned up at the right moment. Pauls experience and knowledge was a god-send.


    How awesome are the graphics for the DVDs, posters etc?! That's the work of Nerida Orsatti (graphic designer), another Club Member who has contributed bucket loads of in-kind work.

    Keep an eye out; I reckon these designs would look good on t-shirts, tea towels, and more!


    Flickr Image Gallery

    These photos/images are copyright under agreement and cannot be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the Tamarama SLSC

  • Lifesaving

    Welcome to Tamarama SLSC

    Tamarama Beach is located between Bondi and Bronte and is one of Australia’s most dangerous patrolled beaches. It is a tiny, peaceful beach loved by local residents and sun worshippers, most of whom would like to keep this paradise a secret. Surfers, body boarders and swimmers are all regulars on the beach. The surf can be tricky with a decent rip on most days.

    The beach is patrolled on summer weekends (October to April) by dedicated teams of volunteer lifesavers who are proud of its safety record. Around 160 active Members participate in patrols as well as support the Club. Members skill base and physical condition are continuously upgraded with training to ensure the beach is safely patrolled. Activities include: IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat), TOSS (Tamarama Ocean Swim Squad), surf ski, and surf boats.

    The Clubhouse is situated on the north side of the beach with spectacular views of the surf and down the coast. Loyal Members enjoy the charm of the Club and we encourage you to come and join up. Members of other clubs wishing to join can transfer to Tamarama SLSC. The launch of the film on Thursday 17 July 2015 was a wonderful event. Many of our Life Members, along with their family and friends joined Club members and the community for a fantastic night at the Randwick Ritz Cinema. The film is the end product of a project to capture Life Members memories and stories for posterity.

    The spirit of community, camaraderie and courage at Tamarama Beach – one of Australia’s most dangerous and loved beaches – is now available on DVD (Blue-Ray pending). Go to our online shop to order your copy.

    There is a heap of information including the trailer, t&c’s around hosting a screening, and background to the making of the film at Club Stories. For information on the broader Heritage Project go to AboutUsHeritage.


    A Way of Life: a film by Tamarama SLSC

    The launch of the film on Thursday 17 July 2015 was a wonderful event. Many of our Life Members, along with their family and friends joined Club

    members and the community for a fantastic night at the Randwick Ritz Cinema. The film is the end product of a project to capture Life Members                              memories and stories for posterity.

    The spirit of community, camaraderie and courage at Tamarama Beach – one of Australia’s most dangerous and loved beaches – is now available

    on DVD (Blue-Ray pending). Go to our online shop to order your copy.

    There is a heap of information including the trailer, t&c’s around hosting a screening, and background to the making of the film at Club Stories.

    Check out  our Heritage page for more information.



  • Tamarama Nippers - About & Registration


    Tamarama Nippers is the Junior Surf Life Saving part of the Tamarama SLSC. Our Nipper program for U6’s to U14’s has been running for over 50 years and thousands of children have enjoyed the benefits of this amazing program.

    The aim of the Tamarama Nipper program is first and foremost to train our “Young Lifesavers of the Future”. Training to become a lifesaver from a young age is a wonderful way to learn an array of new skills and make many great and lasting friendships.

    While with us, Nippers will learn a respect of the ocean, a mindset of being safe in the water and physical skills to allow them to enjoy the aquatic environment. Additionally, Nippers will gain an understanding of serving the community through the Surf Lifesaving movement.

    The program is designed to progress knowledge and skills associated with being a Surf Life Saver and to “graduate” in the U14’s with the Surf Life Saving Rescue Certificate (SRC). Through the age groups, skills such as surf awareness, board paddling, surf swimming, rescues with tubes and boards, CPR and First Aid combine with leadership and teamwork to develop Nippers.

    For all of us, fun and friendship is a major component of our Nipper training and one which we focus on at Tamarama. Some Nippers also develop their skills to a point where they can compete for the club in outside competitions and proudly wear the Tamarama club colours.

    Tamarama Nippers is run on Sunday mornings from 9.00am. The program commences in October each year and concludes in March the following year and are open, on a space available basis, to children between the ages of 5 and 13 as at midnight 30th September.

    Tamarama Nippers maintains a membership of approximately 80 to 100 members and is supported by an enthusiastic group of parents and the senior club. Being a smaller Nipper group the experience of parents and Nippers alike will vary compared to that of other nearby clubs. We encourage active parent involvement and attention to their child's progress while we pursue the development of their skills during the time that they are in the program.

    Thanks to Channel Ten who are proud supporters and sponsors of our Tamarama Nippers.

    Registrations for the 2019-20 season

    Registrations for the 2019-20 season are now closed. 

    Registrations for the 2020-21 season

    Registration for the 2020-21 season will open around August 2020. Please revisit this page around then for further details.

    Registration fees for 2020-21 season will be determined closer to registrations opening. A high visibility singlet, as well as a club shirt and a club cap (for new Nippers only), are included in the registration price.

    Similar to other clubs in the Waverley and Randwick areas, we require that at least one parent/carer/guardian per family join as a Nipper parent.


    Proficiency requirements for the 2020-21 season are noted below. Please note that subject to conditions, surf swimming skills are included as part of the program, however, Nippers is not a place where children learn to swim.

    Tamarama swimming proficiencies for inter club activities are of a higher standard than the base SLSA requirements due prevailing conditions at our beach and are noted below.

    Children who have not completed the proficiencies are unable to fully participate in water activities.

    • Under 6 – From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position
    • Under 7 – From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position
    • Under 8 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) plus 1 minute survival float
    • Under 9 - 200 metre pool swim within 6 minutes plus 1 minute survival float
    • Under 10 - 200 metre pool swim within 6 minutes plus 1.5 minute survival float
    • Under 11 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 2 minute survival float
    • Under 12 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 2 minute survival float
    • Under 13 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 3 minute survival float
    • Under 14 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 3 minute survival float


    Please note that a child's age group is defined by their age as at midnight 30th September (e.g. a child born on the 13th September 2008 will be in the U13 age group in the 2020-2021 season).

    Additional open water proficiency will be held during the season (subject to prevailing conditions) for children wishing to participate in inter club competition, such as the Waverley Shield.

    Age Managers

    Age Managers for each age group need to be identified prior to commencement of the season. Anyone who has done this role will tell you that it is a rewarding activity, so we encourage people to step up and benefit from the experience.

    You do not have to be a Bronze Medallion holder to be an Age Manager. Training will be provided and the senior club will support Age Manager activities and undertake water safety activities.

    We need at least one Age Manager and one Assistant Age Manager per age group (and they in turn would welcome some help from other parents - so don't be shy!). We can’t run an Age Group without people taking on these important roles.

    Please email us at if there is an age group that you wish to support.

    Age Group guides can be found here - SLS NSW Age Guides

    2019-20 Calendar

    Please click on the below link for the current 2019-20 calendar. Please note that this may change from time to time.

    Tamarama Nippers Calendar 2019-20


    If you have any question on Tamarama Nippers please email us at or come and see us on the beach on Sunday mornings from 9.00am.


    Jon Hancock, Brad Charters & Shay Deguara

  • Welcome to the club!

    How To Join

    You are welcome to join Tamarama SLSC as an Active Patrolling Member (Bronze Medallion required) or an Associate (non-patrolling) member.

    Sign up now and we'll get back to you with more information.

    Sign up

  • The Club

    Tamarama Beach is located between Bondi and Bronte and is one of Australia’s most dangerous patrolled beaches. It is a tiny, peaceful beach loved by local residents and sun worshippers, most of whom would like to keep this paradise a secret. Surfers, body boarders and swimmers are all regulars on the beach. The surf can be tricky with a decent rip on most days. The beach is patrolled on summer weekends (October to April) by dedicated teams of volunteer lifesavers who are proud of its safety record. Around 160 active Members participate in patrols as well as support the Club. Members skill base and physical condition are continuously upgraded with training to ensure the beach is safely patrolled. Activities include: IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat), TOSS (Tamarama Ocean Swim Squad) and surf ski. The Clubhouse is situated on the north side of the beach with spectacular views of the surf and down the coast. Loyal Members enjoy the charm of the Club and we encourage you to come and join up. Members of other clubs wishing to join can transfer to Tamarama SLSC.

    Club House Upgrade

    The Club is very pleased that the Development Application for our clubhouse upgrade has been approved by Waverley Council. Submissions to Council indicated agreement between the community and Tamarama SLSC regarding our wish to preserve the peaceful community feel of our neighbourhood and Clubhouse. Whilst a small number of individuals wondered if the existing building was being retained, most understood that our much loved Clubhouse is being protected in the proposed upgrade. The architects entrusted with this preservation and sensitive upgrade are the internationally awarded Choi Ropiha Fighera Architects.


    The Club is seeking Sponsors and Donors to help us raise over $2million for a complete renovation. You can make a donation to our building fund and also buy a “brick” or make any donation online through our shop. You can assist fundraising for the Club renovations by signing up to the Friends of Tama email list. The more people that sign up, the better chance the Club has of getting government funding for much needed renovations and repairs. Click here to find out how you can help.

    By making regular financial contributions to Tamarama SLSC you can help our Members continue our Club’s proud tradition of ‘no lives lost. Donations and funds received help us with our day-to-day operations. Contact the Club Secretary to find out how at


$94.00 raised
GOAL: $1,000.00