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Surf Clubs in Western Australia

The first Surf Club to be formed in Australia was that of Bronte, in Sydney, in 1907, closely followed by Bondi. These were formed to try and combat too many people drowning in the sea. Surf life savers typically operate in groups, patrolling sections of the beach. Surf life saving also became a competitive sport. The clubs may close dangerous sections of a beach (where there is a rip, for example). Activities are enhanced by look-out towers and helicopters



The Middleton Surf Club in Albany. Perhaps they may get some large waves here but certainly not today. Still, you don't necessarily need giant waves to get into swimming difficulties. Photo - October 2014



On the Binningup beach-front is the Harvey Districts Water Sports Association. The centre is the home of the Binningup Surf Life Saving Club as well as the Harvey Districts Water Sports Association. This centre was opened in December 2007. Photo - January 2012



Viewed from the High School, this is the Bunbury 'Back Beach'. You can see the surf club rooms. There used to be another surf club building here which had to be demolished a few decades ago. Photo - January 2013


City Beach

City Beach is actually a number of beaches. To the north of "City Beach" is Floreat Beach. Here is the Surf Life Saving Club. Photo - May 2012


City Beach

At City Beach at the end of the southern breakwater, waves crash over rocks surrounding the surf club lookout tower. Photo May 2012



This is the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club located a little south of the Indiana Tea Rooms on Marine Parade. Photo - September 2012



The Dawesville Surf Club overlooks and keeps an eye on swimmers at the popular Pyramids Beach. Photo - December 2011



On the Lancelin beach-front is the local sea search and rescue facility. Very impressive with it's airport-tower like viewing deck and all the communications equipment on the roof. I would imagine this facility would also track and assist vessels in distress. Photo - January 2011


Ocean Reef

Perched high above the rocky coastline is this building which is the Ocean Reef Search and Rescue Headquarters. Photo - April 2011


Quinns Rocks

Adjacent to the beach at Quinns Rocks. All looks quiet right now because the members are conducting exercises on the beach. Photo - ! March 2011


Quinns Rocks

This is what the Quinns Surf Club members were doing this day. Many members are around enjoying training and education. They also had their surf dinghy and other life-saving equipment on the beach. Photo - March 2011



Here is the Scarborough Surf Club lookout tower from which lifesavers keep an eye on beach patrons and perhaps even keep an eye out for sharks. Photo - October 2012



Off behind the Surf Club tower are these rather grand looking Surf Club rooms. Photo - October 2012



Next to the Trigg Island Cafe Restaurant is the Surf Club lookout tower. Off left (not visible) is the Surf Life Saving Club building itself. In the background you can see all the way to Scarborough and beyond. The most prominent landmark is Observation City in Scarborough. Photo - July 2012



The Yanchep Surf Club building contrasts with steely winter skies. Photo September 2009



Steps lead down from the road and car park to the beach on Yanchep Lagoon. High above is a beach look-out tower. Photo - September 2009

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