||Convicts warned not to swim in Sydney Harbour because of the
dangers of sharks and stingrays, and for reasons of decorum.
||Bathing in Sydney's harbour and beaches is banned between 6am
|31 Jul 1894
||The Waverly Branch is formed in Sydney, the first Australian
branch of the (later Royal) Life Saving Society.
|7 Dec 1899
||The Manly Life Saving Brigade is formed.
||Bans on daylight surf bathing are relaxed.
||The Sly brothers begin patrolling Manly Beach, Sydney.
||Edward 'Happy' Eyre is employed as a lifeguard by Manly
|21 Feb 1907
||Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club is formed.
|23 Mar 1907
||First use of the surf-reel, at Bondi.
|18 Oct 1907
||Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales is formed.
||Cottesloe Life Saving and Athletic Club is formed — the
first surf lifesaving club in Western Australia.
||Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club is formed
— Queensland's first
|2 Jan 1910
||First surf lifesaving bronze medallions awarded, to club
members from Coogee and Bondi.
||Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales holds its first
||Charles Paterson becomes president of the Surf Bathing
||Duke Kahanamoku demonstrates boardriding at Freshwater Beach,
||First Australian surf lifesaving championships held at
||Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales becomes the Surf
Life Saving Association of New South Wales.
||Tasmania's first surf lifesaving club is formed in Burnie.
||Jack Chalmers and Frank Beaurepaire receive the first surf
lifesaving meritorious awards.
||Surf Life Saving Association of New South Wales becomes the
Surf Life Saving Association of Australia (SLSAA).
||SLSAA and the Royal Life Saving Society agree to separate
responsibilities: SLSAA for surf lifesaving and RLSS for still
||Western Australian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
||South Australia's first surf lifesaving club is formed at
||Queensland State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
||Adrian Curlewis is appointed president of SLSAA.
||Red and yellow beach flags become standard.
||Laying of shark nets off Sydney beaches begins
|3 Jan 1939
||Red and yellow quartered caps become standard patrol gear.
||Roy Doyle becomes interim president while Curlewis serves in
||Adrian Curlewis returns as president.
|4 Jan 1946
||Victoria's first surf lifesaving club is formed at
|9 Jan 1947
||Victorian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
||First national championships outside New South Wales are held
at Greenmount, Queensland.
||Tasmanian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
|10 Oct 1952
||South Australian State Centre of the SLSAA formed.
|6 Feb 1954
||The Royal Carnival is held at Bondi for Queen Elizabeth
|25 Nov 1956
||International and Australian Surf Championship Carnival begins
at Torquay, Victoria.
||International Council of Lifesaving formed.
||First ironman event held in Australia.
||Alan Whelpton becomes president of SLSAA.
|1 July 1980
||Women permitted to become full members of SLSAA.
||The Coolangatta Gold premieres, starring Grant
||Cathy Harding of Mooloolaba SLSC becomes the first female
captain of a surf club
||Northern Territory Centre of SLSAA formed.
||Surf Life Saving Association of Australia becomes Surf Life
||World Life Saving and Federation Internationale de Sauvetage
merge to form the International Life Saving Federation.
||Ron Rankin becomes only the fifth president of SLSA.
||Australians celebrate the Year of the Surf Lifesaver.