History

Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (Cottesloe SLSC) is Western Australia’s first surf life saving club. Established in the spring of 1909, Cottesloe SLSC is among the first surf life saving clubs in Australia and was instrumental in the Surf Life Saving movement in Western Australia.

Cottesloe Life Member, Mick Becher, wrote the first Constitution for Surf Life Saving Australia while he was President of the WA State Centre in 1949. At that time the national body decided that a Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R) event would be contested by each State at the Australian Championships, which are held at the end of each surf season. Rescue and Rescuscitation epitomises surf life saving and the R&R competition was the Premiership event, the winners being crowned the Australian Premiers.

The Cottesloe R&R team represented Western Australia in the first such competition in 1950 and, in tricky sea conditions, emerged victorious. The name of Cottesloe was again thrust before a huge crowd of spectators at the 1950 Championships when Life Member, Don Morrison, won the Open Surf Belt race. In all, Don won four Australian surf belt titles and is recognised as one of the greatest surfers of all time.

Cottesloe went on to win the Australian R&R title again in 1958 and 1963. These performances earned Cottesloe the title of “The Premier Club”.

A detailed history of Cottesloe SLSC has been published. ‘The Premier Club’ provides fascinating insight and an accurate and detailed account of the club’s history, including its beginnings, struggles, successes and culture. A new book covering the last 25 years was also launched on 4th September 2009. Copies are available for sale from the club administration office.

books
Club history books:
The Premier Club 1909 – 1984
The Premier Club 1984 – 2009