In the same year the club began patrolling one of Perth’s most dangerous beaches, it won Western Australia’s Premier Club, the equivalent of today’s State Championships.
The club will celebrate its history at a diamond jubilee dinner on Saturday, October 12, 60 years since lifesavers changed in the dunes and scrounged equipment from clubs further south.
Club convener Brian Carthew said he was proud of what the club had been able to achieve since such its humble beginnings.
‘We started to think of the club in the late 40s, there were a few drownings here and the surf was really good so there was a breakaway group from the Scarboro Surf Club that thought it might be a good idea to start a club further north and that’s how it all started,’ he said.
‘They had to work really hard in the early stages because they met a lot of resistance from what was then the old Perth Road Board and the hierarchy of surf lifesaving that simply didn’t want to know us.’
Club member Kerry Rix, who grew up camping on Trigg Island, said the club meant a lot to him over the years.
‘The surf club used to be a room about 3.5m by 3.5m’