Following preliminary discussions held by a group of early surfers in the camping area at Torquay, during December 1945, a decision was made to form a surf club. The inaugural Meeting of interested parties from the local Shire, Foreshore Reserve, Improvement Society and campers, was held in the ‘Palace Hotel’ Torquay on the 4th January 1946. As a result of this meeting the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was duly formed.
From an initial membership of twenty-nine (29) we now have almost 1000 current members.
Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club is at the forefront of lifesaving service. Torquay beach is one of the busiest beaches in Victoria.
In 2013/2014, almost 200 members patrolled our beach from the last weekend of November until the Easter period. Below are some figures from our volunteer patrols.
– Our patrollers volunteered 4,067 hours
– Perform 10 rescues
– Supervised over 180,000 beach goers during volunteer patrol times
– Completed 73 first aid cases
Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club is recognised nationally as a premier competition club with many gold medals and many finalists at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships over the past 50 years. Torquay can also proudly boast of many Olympians for both aquatic and non aquatic events.