Our History
The Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club  was established in 1909 as the South Bermagui  Surf Bathing Club  (the Bega Budget  newspaper of 22 December 1909 refers to an agreement between the Club and the Council regarding enclosures on the beach for the use of surf bathers).  Apart from locals, the Club also catered for the growing influx of tourists who flocked to the area in search of fishing and holiday opportunities. In the 1920s a clubhouse was located on the eastern foreshore of Horseshoe Bay, but it was washed away by heavy seas sometime during the 1940s.
The Bermagui SLSC was closed down during the Second World War and it was almost three decades until the Club reformed in 1971. At the time, the club operated through the support and benevolence of businesses and residents in the township, with club gear stored at a variety of locations. Due to the challenges of coordinating surf lifesaving activities under such conditions, the club has closed several times over the years, only to be reopened when circumstances supported revival. The Club's last resurrection occurred in the early 1990’s and initially operated out of a dilapidated shower block on the western end of the Horseshoe Bay headland.
Club members worked hard to maintain the daily operations of the Bermagui SLSC while continuing to house essential lifesaving equipment throughout the community.  Despite such obstacles, the Club thrived and, in the early 2000's plans were made to build a new clubhouse.
Horse Shoe Bay Surf Lifesvers Lookout Tower & Hut
Bermagui SLSC Clubhouse in the early 1990s
Where We Are Today
With the support of Surf Life Saving NSW, the NSW Government, and the extraordinary support of our members and the Bermagui community who donated not only funds but countless hours of labour, we opened our brand new clubhouse in 2012.
We've seen a steady growth in member numbers across all age groups in recent years, with a membership base extending across the northern end of the Bega Valley Shire and even as far as Canberra, Cooma and Jindabyne.
Bermagui SLSC is regularly competitively represented at branch, state and national levels, with outstanding results testament to the whole-hearted commitment of the members.
The past year saw 70 young members enrolled in Nippers, an outstanding number for such a small community.   Our patrol numbers are increasing and we've had great success in the past season, achieving 100% patrol compliance.
In the 2018/19 season , Bermagui SLSC patrol members volunteered about 2,000 hours keeping our community members and visitors safe on the beach.  We're proud of our commitment to our community and we're exceedingly grateful for the support we receive from the Bermagui community.

Click here to see photos (74 of them) showing construction in detail.
The new Bermagui SLSC Clubhouse under construction
The new Bermagui SLSC Clubhouse
Restoring surf boat
​​The construction of the new clubhouse provided the facility for many activities, including space to work on restoring an old surfboat.

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Before                                                   After
Osgood Civil Resource Engineering