About Us

 

Metropolitan-Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, located on beautiful Kings Beach, Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, was established in 1933. The Club has more than 100 active surf lifesavers, 260 nippers, 250 associate members and more than 5,000 members of our Supporters Club. Our beach is popular both with families and surfers and attracts approx 120,000 visitors each patrolling season.

Volunteering with Metropolitan-Caloundra SLSC is a choice that will ultimately change your life and the lives of your family and friends.Your membership fee to our club is an investment in your own safety as well as the safety of everyone around you. It is an investment in the beach lifestyle and something to be proud of.

 

Club Motto

Saving Lives. Serious Fun. Kings Beach, since 1933 

Mission

Metropolitan-Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club is committed to the Surf Life Saving Queensland's vision; Zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters. 

Values

  • High standards of management
  • Responsiveness to the needs of our community and our members
  • Operating with integrity, equity and accountability
  • Innovation and constantly improving our services
  • Operating as a team with internal and external stakeholders
  • Accepting our role as the leader in aquatic safety services in our region

Strategic Objectives

  • Creating a positive first impression for new and renewing members.Creating a positive first impression for new and renewing members.
  • Marketing: building positive relationships with informed stakeholders.
  • Training & Assessment: Qualifying our members to be the best surf lifesavers they can be.
  • Delivering quality lifesaving experiences to members and the community.
  • Lifesaving: Be the most efficient and effective patrol service on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Surf Sports: Improve Metropolitan Caloundra’s performance in regional, state and national surf sports competition in all age groups and disciplines.
  • Development: Create opportunities for our members to develop as people, as surf lifesavers; and support the club’s development as a community service.
  • Providing the foundation for club success.
  • Management & Operations: Effective resource acquisition and finance management systems that support the continuing viability and improvement of our surf lifesaving services. 

 


The History

Caloundra’s Council requests Lifesavers

Caloundra’s council at the time, Landsborough Shire Council, asked the Royal Life Saving Society for life saving patrols on the Caloundra’s beaches. The council agreed to provide assistance with transport, accommodation and a reel. Frank Venning’s Brisbane club, Metropolitan Life Saving Club, that had been doing weekend summer patrols at Ocean Beach, Bribie Island, responded to the call. The club sent a few of it’s members from Bribie to patrol Kings Beach during Christmas and New Year of 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1932. Previous to this, there has been local and hinterland volunteers who had carried out lifesaving duties.

Caloundra in the 1930s

When the club began in 1933, the town of Caloundra was a little fishing and holiday village with between 700 – 1000 residents. There was no electricity. Water came from rainwater tanks and the backyard thunderbox was the family toilet. Roads in Caloundra in the 1930s were still dirt with no kerb and channelling and only a few motor vehicles. In the early 30s, locals and holiday makers swam in the surf and still water but without any official lifesaving club. 


'The First 75 Years' Book

The Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, 'The First 75 Years' book by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves is available for purchase. The book published in 2010 provides a great insight into the history and beginnings of the the Club.