about our club

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Garie beach is approximately 1Km long and is located in the Royal
National Park, just south of Sydney. The beach averages around a 1.5m
wave and usually sports four or five rip currents. The northern end is
generally more protected by the headland, which rises 110m.

Garie Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated was formed in 1938 at the
request of the National Park Trust after the unfortunate drowning of a hiker.

Since its inception Garie S.L.S.C. has performed 2,727 rescues.
In 1980 we began keeping records of preventative actions (warning the
public of unsafe conditions – rips, unstable sandbanks, etc. and
steering them to safe areas). Since this date we have steered 19,269
people to safety.

Until 1964 St. John’s Ambulance service operated at Garie Beach. Since they ceased attending, Garie S.L.S.C. members have been the sole First Aid body and during this time have attended to 8,083 cases of First Aid ranging from minor cuts and bluebottle stings to car accident injuries, spinal injury cases and heart attacks.

Our members have also been called upon to perform 7 cliff rescues and been involved in 35 searches for missing children and bush walkers.
Garie Beach is approximately 1 kilometre long and roughly faces south. This means the normal surf is large. The large and often rough surf has contributed to several of our members being nominated for meritorious awards.

Our club has never been big compared to other Sydney Branch clubs but we have a very proud record. Garie S.L.S.C. members have obtained 4,493 lifesaving awards. We also provide manpower for the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, the Offshore Rescue Boats and the Sydney Branch Radio Room.

No person has drowned at Garie Beach whilst it has been patrolled.

Click here for a detailed history of the club.

NB: Statistics correct as at June 2013



annual report

our history

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