Torquay Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1945, one of the oldest clubs in Australia and is at the forefront of lifesaving service with Torquay Beach being one of the busiest beaches in Victoria.

Our club is focused on nurturing an inclusive and supportive culture, with programs to engage all members. Whether it’s patrolling one of the world’s best surf beaches, earning a Bronze Medallion, undertaking first aid training, joining surf boat rowing teams, competing as lifesaving sport athletes, learning skills as nippers, using the club facilities and gym or taking part in many social activities and events throughout the year, there’s a place for you.

In 2021/2022, over 200 members and volunteers patrolled our beach from the last weekend of November until the end of the Easter period.

Torquay SLSC Life Saving Director Mathew Blair (left) and Jack Harris Trust secretary Richard Greenhough with the two new Thundercat IRB hulls purchased with the trust’s donation. Photos: James Taylor


The Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club Trust (Jack Harris Memorial) was established in 1995 and is a registered Charity with ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission)

The Trust was established as a result of the exercise of a discretion given to the co-executors of the Estate of the late John (Jack) Dudley Harris – a Torquay resident. Jack had developed an association with the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club through his friendship with members of the club and other Torquay locals. Jack himself was an ‘old digger’.

Jack, in his Will directed that his executors distribute part of his estate amongst charitable organisations, the choice of which was to be at the discretion of the executors. In the exercise of that discretion the executors made a distribution to Barwon Health, cancer research, Geelong Legacy and other charitable institutions one being Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.

Regarding the bequeath and given its value the club decided that the capital was to be preserved and the opportunity which had presented itself maximised for the benefit of the Club and the swimming public using the Torquay beach and its environs.

The Trust was formed as a separate entity from the Club and the capital of the Trust does not form any part of the assets of the Torquay SLSC. The Trust was formally constituted by a Trust Deed and Trustees (who are required to be TSLSC members) were appointed to manage the Trust.

The current Trustees are Richard Greenhough (Secretary), Lindsay Newstead (Treasurer), Peter Doyle, David Shaw OAM, Bryan Thomas, David Steed, Ian Turner, Bill Johnson AM. Garry Pettigrove and Geoff Morgan.

All Trustees are volunteers receiving no payment for their time administering the Trust. The Trust is required each year to provide the ACNC with an Annual Information Statement (AIS). You can view the Trust’s AIS on the ACNC Website:  https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity  

The capital base of the Trust is preserved in perpetuity and only income from investments used to fund ‘Core Lifesaving Activities’ of Torquay SLSC. Since the establishment of the Trust, the Trust has donated in excess of $224,000 to Torquay SLSC.

If you wish to donate to the Trust, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust’s Secretary Richard Greenhough (03) 52613367 or email – [email protected]


Founded in 2015 the TSLSC Foundation exists to support the Club in all areas of its ongoing service to its members and the community. With an annual membership base of over 1,300 members TSLSC has a long history to live up to of saving lives, training future lifesavers and excelling in lifesaving competition. his is done through no direct funding and relies on donations, sponsorships, grants and fundraising.

If you or if you know of someone who would like to donate or bequest to the Foundation to ensure the support of our Clubs future please email the Foundation Secretary. [email protected]