The origins of Surf Life Saving can be traced back to the actions of Mr William Gocher at Manly Beach in September 1902. At that time, bathing during daylight hours was prohibited, but many people defied the rules. As surf bathing became more popular, its many dangers also became increasingly apparent, and thus forced the laws to be changed.
It was Mr Gocher and a small group of experienced surfers, concerned with the rising incident of drowning in the surf, that formed the first life saving club, to assist those who required rescue from an unfamiliar environment.
Over 100 Years of Saving Lives
2009 – Centenary Celebrations, re-enactment of first recorded rescue on a Queensland beach (Greenmount Beach)
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