Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club is located adjacent to the Tallebudgera Recreation Camp (formerly the National Fitness Camp), with the clubhouse located approximately 500 metres south of the entrance to the Tallebudgera Creek. The Club was formed in 1946 by a group of National Fitness Camp members who saw the need to provide a service to beachgoers by providing a surf patrol.
The Club’s patrol area includes the area south of the Tallebudgera Creek to a point coinciding with the northern limits of the area patrolled by Pacific SLSC. Beach patrols are conducted from mid September through to the end of April. Recently the club added to its coverage by providing an ‘outpost’ patrol service to watch over swimmers, surfers and boats in the Tallebudgera Creek-mouth, which can be particularly treacherous on an outgoing tide.
Presently the Club (Surf Club and Supporter’s Club) has a total of approximately 6,500 members including Nippers, Active and Long Service categories of membership. “Talle” as we affectionately call it, has members from 5 to 80 (and beyond), drawn from all walks of life.
The Junior membership is particularly active with the Nippers held on Sunday mornings and they attend regular carnivals with their membership competing in a variety of activities. Tallebudgera is experiencing growth in membership across all age groups in the club.
Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club offers a service for all age groups of the community in providing a safe place to swim and enjoy the beach through the warmer months of the year. In addition, Tallebudgera SLSC provides young people with the opportunity to learn new skills and disciplines, as well as serve their community.
Physical fitness is an important aspect of lifesaving, and competition through a program of competitions, known as surf carnivals, are a feature and help ensure that the volunteer lifesavers maintain a high level of fitness. Surf Carnivals typically commence during November and run through until March. During this period, competitions take place at a local, state and national level, culminating at the National Titles on the Gold Coast in late March. Tallebudgera has a strong history in the surf-boat arena of competition, and in recent times Tallebudgera Surfboat crews have won medals at the Australian and Queensland titles.
Although situated on the Gold Coast with its famed tourist attractions and high-rises, Tallebudgera beach has always been a well kept secret; located outside of the usual tourist strip, at about the mid-point of the surf beaches on the Gold Coast, we tend to see the same faces visiting year after year, and we have a strong sense of community. We are positioned adjacent to the Tallebudgera Creek, giving us easy access to a calm water environment as well as the surf.
Our club is now 70 years old and we are proud to have some of our original members still involved with our club. The club had its origins in the tail end of World War II, with the National Fitness Council holding camps at what is now the Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, which up to that point had been a recovery centre for soldiers recuperating from their war wounds. Some of the members of the National Fitness Council decided that a surf lifesaving club was needed, to cater to the people swimming there, and so “Talle” was born.
Since then the club has gone from strength to strength – our supporters club was built in 1990, and we added a Nippers section in 1987 (now around 200 involved). We have grown the club considerably over the last 15 years and have plans to do more and to continue to contribute to our local community.
- President: John Cullen
- Deputy President: Ross Calvert
- Secretary: Tony (Anthony) Dunlea
- Treasurer: Scott Dorries
- Club Captain: Lee Cobley
- Youth Officer: Jenny Lund
- Chairman Junior Activities: Geoffrey Case
- Chief Training Officer: Derek Baldwin
- IRB: David Winkup
- Administrator: Kim Martin