ALL ABOUT NARRABEEN BEACH SLSC
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Narrabeen Beach SLSC (Inc) is an enigma. At the same time it is one of the oldest, yet one of the youngest (and smallest) surf life saving clubs in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The records state that the club was formed in July, 1964. However, a recently-discovered minute book found in the roof of a house being demolished in Narrabeen clearly records that a Surf Club was formed as early as 1910 by the businesses of Narrabeen, very close to its current location. No-one knows anything about this early club, how long it lasted or who was involved. Perhaps it was the Great War which caused its demise.
The current Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club was born out of tragedy. A young man drowned on an unpatrolled section of Narrabeen Beach because it took too long for the lifesavers from South Narrabeen SLSC to reach the area. The then President of South Narrabeen SLSC, Fred Bertram, organised support from businesses in Narrabeen and from neighbouring clubs to form and equip the club.
The first patrols were housed in a tin shed in the grounds of Furlough House, across the road from the current clubhouse. Eventually, the club was able to purchase an old cottage from Furlough House which was transported across the road and refurbished.
Later Warringah Shire Council assisted with further development. And recently the club members have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to add some magnificent extensions to the building, making it one of the best facilities on offer in the Northern Beaches.
The club is affiliated with the Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches branch of Surf Life Saving Australia.
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