Welcome to North Kirra SLSC

Surf life Saving Club

About the Club

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2016/2017 Annual Report

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Surf Club Management Committee Season 2017/2018

President Craig Lowns
Deputy President                 Tim Blomfield                        
Secretary Michelle Nel
Treasurer Jenny Francis
Club Captain Michael Delahunt
Vice Club Captain Isaac Ohlson
Chief Training Officer Issac Ohlson
Junior Activities Chairperson David Macknish

If you wish to get in contact with any of the Management Committee, please email surfclub@northkirra.com.au in the first instance.


Nippers - for our young ones, 5 to 14 years old

Nippers is an exciting program for children from 5 to 14 years of age. We have a great program of skills training, competitions or just having fun with your mates at our wonderful beach

North Kirra Surf Life Saving Nippers Club aims to develop essential life skills in children through participation in junior surf life saving activities and education.

We encourage team work through sport with the long term objective of our children being part of a group of volunteers who give up their time to protect and save lives on Queensland beaches. 

Cadets - 15 to 18 years

Cadets is for those between 15 to 18 years of age and includes both competition training and team building activities. The cadets are encouraged to train with our Club Coach on Saturday afternoon's and Sunday morning's throughout the season. The Club also endeavous to run and participate in several youth and team building activities throughout the year including camps, PDB Team Xtreme and the Amazing Race to name a few.

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Seniors

Seniors are the back bone of our club. Keeping our beach safe for bathers and beach goers. We have a team of active seniors who have gained valuable skills, Bronze Medallion, First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, IRB drivers and crewman. Our seniors are encouraged to support our nipper program and many of them assist on a Sunday morning with Water Safety duties or passing on their skills to our up and coming next generation of life savers.

Some of our seniors compete in surf sports carnivals including some of our older members competing in the masters’ categories.

Our training programs, run by our club coach are available to both junior and senior members. We run a program of new skills training courses for new members to gain their proficiencies or seniors who want to up skill there existing levels.

Come and talk to us about how you can joy our friendly team.

Social Club

Our social club or Supporters Association is there to help keep our members on the beach. Our supporters Assoc operates our upstairs bar and bistro. Members guest and Visitors are always welcome. Book a function or just slip down for a quiet meal or drink. During winter it is a great place to watch the whales cruise past.

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Our Proud History - North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club

North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club was formed in March, 1949. There was concern due to the lack of a surf club between Kirra and Bilinga. Joe Doniger, a life member of Kirra Surf Club who also resided in the area, was approached to become involved in forming the new club and was subsequently elected to the position of Captain.


The inaugural meeting was held on the 4th March 1949, which was held at the local scouts hall where they paid fifteen shillings ($1.50) for the privilege, this included supper for all attendees! The use of the scout hall continued until the club shed was built. In the inaugural meeting the following committee was elected:

President:   Mr A.P. Bird, a local bank manager
Secretary:    Mr A.R. (Jock) Waugh
Treasurer:   Mr John Shinnie, a local resident and Coolangatta businessman.

The original club constitution required that all members of the club reside locally, and the fact that there were already two other clubs drawing on local residents for membership made it very hard for the new club to survive.

After struggling for membership in the inaugural season (most of the members left to join the more “glamorous” clubs of Greenmount and Kirra) it was decided to change the constitution and recruit members from outside the area. This worked well in terms of numbers but a large influx of inexperienced members and few experienced members to guide them led to difficulties. The assistance of two very prominent persons in the Lifesaving movement; Frank McGrath and Andy Frizzell put North Kirra back on track and without their assistance the club may not have made it.

In an effort in improve member quality and continue recruitment a Brisbane based bronze group was initiated and run by Vic Frizzell and Ray Zillman.

These combined efforts by the previously mentioned proved successful and in 1957 the club house had to be expanded upon to accommodate the new members

The patrol roster was not introduced until much later on in the clubs history so in the beginning patrols were performed by the members who turned up for the weekend.  It was nothing to spend most of the day on the beach, either on patrol, bronze training or body surfing.

The sixties saw North Kirra come into its own in the organisation, and running of surf carnivals, as well as branch carnivals. The club acquired their own sponsor W.D. & H.O. Wills, the major tobacco company of the day, and each year ran the Craven "A'' Carnival with an impressive array of trophies that attracted clubs from all branches and Northern New South Wales. These carnivals were second only in size to the State titles and equipped the members to run the state titles on a semi regular basis.

With the introduction of the IRB, it became necessary for members to obtain their IRB driver's licence, after early teething problems, such as inexperienced drivers, the new style of rescue became a reality. Complete with radios. The first IRB lasted four seasons.

The 1982-83 season saw our first female lifesavers, when Jenny and Christian Johnson received their bronze medallions. This meant changes to the layout of the club house had to be made as previously females were not permitted did not have amenities or dormitories.

The North Kirra Supporters' Club was formed in 1987. It was built in the club's recreation room, which adjoined the upstairs bunk room. However, the bar committee, led by Chairman Bruce Bevan, unofficially opened the bar in November, 1986.

At last, after many years of talking about it, the inaugural season of North Kirra Nippers Club arrived. Cheryl-Ann Dunn was the initial instructor. Members in their first year were not expected to compete against other clubs, but to just enjoy the Sunday mornings on the beach. The following season the Junior titles were held at North Kirra with our Nippers competing.

The successful formation of the Nippers Club brought about a new interest in the club from local residents, through their children becoming Nippers, hence the parents gravitated to the senior club, with many of them becoming bronze holders and assisting with patrols.

Currently North Kirra is a prosperous club with over 350 members which prides it’s self on it’s professionalism whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.

A full version of the above article is available here.