Beaumaris Life Saving Club was formed in 1958 by members of our local community. A meeting was held on March 31st 1958 in the clubrooms of Beaumaris Yacht Club by the Beaumaris Parents and Citizens Association. At the meeting 68 children and 12 adults stated their interest in joining the newly formed club. It was one of many Life Saving Clubs that were part of a network known as The Royal Life Saving Society. The clubs first office bearers were: President – Mr J Austin Secretary – Mr L Plowman Treasurer – Mr E Seals and Committee Members – Mr R Laurie, Mr D Wilson, Mr P Redmond, Mr A Heffeman, Mr J Humphries and Mr A Eslick.
The Beaumaris Yacht Club was used as the clubhouse until the club obtained one of their own. The club’s first training night was held on April 15th 1958 and was attended by approximately 50 members.
In March 1961 the first stage of the current clubhouse was officially opened.
During the season of 1977-78 the club entered Royal Life Saving Carnivals and won the State B Grade Premiership. The following season BLSC came fifth in the state A Grade Premiership and the juniors won the Bright-Sands Junior Championship. It was these two seasons that were the start of many ongoing awards and success the club would achieve in the years we competed.
In 2002, the Victorian branch of The Royal Life Saving Society Australia and Surf Life Saving Victoria merged together to form Life Saving Victoria of which there are 57 clubs. We abide by their regulations and rules.
BLSC's primary mission is to prevent aquatic related incidents, injury and death. We patrol the local Beaumaris Beach from Ricketts Point to Table Rock and assist the people who use the beach throughout the summer months. The second mission of the Club is to train members in lifesaving skills such as water safety, resuscitation, radio communications, first aid, rescue techniques, IRB and board skills.
Our Nipper Program teaches young children water safety skills that one day could save their lives. We have been privileged over the years to have many fantastic role models that have volunteered their time to instruct our Nippers to respect the sea at all times. We will continue to challenge our younger members by encouraging them to follow their dreams whether it be by learning water safety skills, volunteering to patrol our beach in the future or by competing at carnivals.
The strength of Beaumaris Life Saving Club has been its ability to retain a strong family involvement. Our club is interested in the welfare of our members and many true friendships have been forged over the years.
We are proud of our heritage and wish that Beaumaris Life Saving Club will continue to prosper in the future whilst serving our local community.