Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club was founded on 5 August 1935 and, some 82 years later, after having been through peaks and troughs, is still doing what it was founded to do: to patrol Broadbeach beach, keeping it safe for locals and visitors who swim, surf or just use the beach.
Broadbeach is one of the few ‘traditional’ surf lifesaving clubs left on the Gold Coast. By traditional I mean the club doesn’t draw an income from restaurants, bars and poker machines. The club still relies on members rattling the collection tin, hosting carnivals, hiring out the recently renovated ‘Function Room’, government subsidy and donations from business and the public to help fund its vital volunteer lifesaving operations.
Club members range in age from under 6 Nippers to the ‘Fossil Force’. This group of Old Boys is the work force at carnivals. Their ages range from mid 60’s to mid 70’s. These Old Boys love their club and the bond they formed with each other in the 60’s and 70’s (LAST CENTURY) is something money cannot buy! Along with the Fossils, there is a group of dedicated ladies (ages not disclosed!) who have a reputation of suppling the best catering on the coast for carnival officials. In between these age groups is the backbone of the club, the “patrol members”, who volunteer countless hours each season to do patrols, hold committee positions, do work around the clubhouse whilst ensuring that Broadbeach SLSC maintains the family club reputation that it has become renowned for.
The club is in a very fortunate financial position where it’s not in debt to any financial institution. All major gear purchases and renovations do not occur until the money is in bank!
Broadbeach is very proud to be keeping ‘the tradition alive’.
— Wayne (Rabs) McLennan, President
At the end of the day, it’s all about the two sticks in the sand.
— Bob Keneally, Life Member and former Club Captain