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Australia's Surf Lifesaving Events

Celebrate Australia's surf lifesaving tradition at the lively surf carnivals & ironman events happening on our beaches between November & April.

Australia's Surf Lifesaving Events

Australia opened the world’s first surf lifesaving club, on Bondi Beach in 1906.   Since then, Australia’s bronzed lifesavers in their bold red-and-yellow uniforms have come to symbolise our coastal lifestyle.  They’ve also rescued almost half a million people from the ocean. These daily heroics are thanks to a surf club culture that starts with ‘Nippers’ under the age of seven and ends with the fierce endurance athletes known as ‘Ironmen’ and ‘Ironwomen’. Surf carnivals are held on beaches all around Australia between November and April. Following is a guide to some of the biggest events.