Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club

The Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club is an Australian Surf Life Saving Club. The Club offers a range of activities and encourages members to continually develop and update their lifesaving skills. It is located at the southern end of Palm Beach, New South Wales, and members provide voluntary patrols on weekends and public holidays. Its members participate in internal and external competitions. Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a voluntary, non-for-profit organisation. It is considered that "if you have on your resume that you're a member of Palm Beach Surf Club, you've really made Sydney's social set."[1]

Palm Beach
Full namePalm Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Members500 senior, 250 junior


Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1921 to patrol and improve beach safety for the local community and all beach-goers. Its early membership included members of the Bullmore, Curlewis, Raine, Forrester and Hordern families.[2] The club was established with just a £93 three-seater double-ender surf boat and a six-square-metre wooden shed. Its current heritage-listed clubhouse, Powhokohat, was purchased in 1954 for £16,000 and was one of the first reinforced concrete private residences in Australia when it was built. The purchase is the first since In 1955, the club bought an adjoining Florida Road vacant block for £1575 and now owns nine blocks of land totalling one hectare on Ocean Road. In 2009, it spent $3,325,000 on a neighbouring residential property.[3]

Affiliated clubs

After seven years full membership of Palm Beach SLSC members are eligible to join the traditionally men only Cabbage Tree Club[4] or the women's version, the Pacific Club.[5]

See also


  1. Uncool surf clubs fight to attract lifesavers Sydney Morning Herald 29 September 2002 – Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  2. Brawley, Sean; Palm Beach Surf Club (N.S.W.) (1996), Beach beyond : a history of the Palm Beach Surf Club 1921-1996, UNSW Press, ISBN 978-0-86840-357-1
  3. The Age 14 October 2009 – Exclusive surf club reels in its neighbour Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. Getaway 30 March 2006 – Palm Beach Lifestyle Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  5. "Party At The Pacific Club". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 26 November 1950. p. 16. Retrieved 29 June 2013 via National Library of Australia.

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