Torquay SLSC

Following preliminary discussions held by a group of early surfers in the camping area at Torquay, during December 1945, a decision was made to form a surf club. The inaugural Meeting of interested parties from the local Shire, Foreshore Reserve, Improvement Society and campers, was held in the ‘Palace Hotel’ Torquay on the 4th January 1946. As a result of this meeting the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was duly formed.
From an initial membership of twenty-nine (29) we now have almost 1000 current members.
Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club is at the forefront of lifesaving service. Torquay beach is one of the busiest beaches in Victoria.
In 2013/2014, almost 200 members patrolled our beach from the last weekend of November until the Easter period. Below are some figures from our volunteer patrols.
- Our patrollers volunteered 4,067 hours
- Perform 10 rescues
- Supervised over 180,000 beach goers during volunteer patrol times
- Completed 73 first aid cases
Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club is recognised nationally as a premier competition club with many gold medals and many finalists at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships over the past 50 years. Torquay can also proudly boast of many Olympians for both aquatic and non aquatic events.


Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club

In 1960, Torquay beach was becoming crowded on summer days and many people were walking around the point to the back beach, or Fossil Beach, as it was then called.The tricky conditions that prevailed caused many swimmers to get into difficulties.

Jan Juc, the Aboriginal name for the iron bark tree and the creek that flows onto the beach was chosen. Now the area has a club to be proud of and a safer beach to enjoy over the summer period. The first Annual General Meeting was held on the 24th August, 1963. The first official patrol roster was organised on the 1st May, 1964. We have come a long way since its inception, but the spirit and the camaraderie of the club remain the same. With little Government assistance, our club has grown with the hard work of its members and supporters in working bees, fundraising and organising special events.Ongoing battles with public liability overheads, environmental opposition to our expansion, occupational health and safety issues and funding puts a strain on our membership. Luckily, they have enough conscientious people willing to give up their time and expertise to develop and maintain tomorrows surf lifesavers to continue patrolling Jan Juc Beach, one of Victoria’s most dangerous beaches. Not only that, they provide a safe, healthy environment for young people to develop first aid, leadership and social skills while, at the same time, keeping traditions alive with our older members.