Brunswick Life Saving turns 75
‘SAVING lives since 1935’ is the motto for the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club which celebrated its 75th birthday at the weekend.
“We started out with a meet and greet on Friday,” publicity officer Michele Dennis said.
“Then last night we had an anniversary dinner at the Bruns Bowlo (Brunswick Head Bowling Club) where there were 200 people.”
Sunday morning saw around 100 members of the club get together for a sausage sizzle; although some planned activities had to be cancelled, according to club president Craig Reid.
“Our early morning swim was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions,” he said.
“It just became too unsafe to go out in the surf.”
It was also the first day of the season for the nippers and all swim activities were also cancelled.
“In fact the beach is closed,” Mr Reid laughed.
“We did do the beach activities such as the flags and sprints and a bit of surf education, like spotting rips.”
The rain didn’t stop members getting together to celebrate the establishment of the surf club where the first meeting was held – in a Mullumbimby health food shop.
“It was started out (because) of a need to make the beach a safe place to swim,” club historian Ray Linabury said.
Mr Linabury has written a book on the club’s history entitled ‘75 years of the Brunswick Surf Club History in three chapters’.
“The first 50 years and the following 10 years were written by Reg Byrnes who was a life member and only died in April this year,” Mr Linabury said.
“Then I wrote the last 15 years.”
Mr Reid said equipment for the club had become more advanced and lifesaving techniques had changed.
“We’ve phased out the belt and reel,” he said.
“We now use rescue boards, jet skis and the inflatable rescue boats.”
Interested buyers of the book on the history of Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club can visit www.brunswickslsc.org for further details.