History of Surf Life Saving

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The Surf Life Saving movement


1907 – 1910  |   1911 – 1920  |   1921 – 1930  |   1931 – 1940  |   1941 – 1950  |   1951 – 1960  |   1961 – 1970  |   1971 – 1980  |   1981 – 1990  |   1991 – 2000  |   2001 – 2010

24/03/1907

First appearance of a surf belt and reel on Sydney beaches.

18/10/1907

The Surf Bathing Association of NSW (SBANSW) was founded – with 9 clubs and affiliated associations. This body later became SLSA

2/1/1910

5 members from Bondi, North Bondi and Coogee clubs received Bronze Medallions becoming the first surf lifesavers to ever to receive this award

3/4/1910

20 North Steyne SLSC members became the first team to pass the Bronze medallion

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