Brighton SLS Club
We had a lovely chat with David Burgess on a recent visit to Brighton Surf Life Saving Club. He is new to the role of Bar Coordinator. Following the formal part of the visit involving explaining Liquor Compliance obligations, good Club Governance and the like, David chatted about how he became involved in the Club and its history.
He moved to the area 7 years ago. In fact, the Club is right at his doorstep. As many other committee members and volunteers will relate to, this is both a blessing and a curse! He joined the club for its social side and really enjoyed how welcoming it was.
Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has been around since the early 1950s when the clubhouse was a wooden shed built on stilts on the foreshore by the local council. Membership of the Club grew to about 30. A new brick Clubhouse was built on the Esplanade on the site of the present Club following a fierce storm that destroyed the original wooden building in 1959. It became the impressive two storey structure that it is today in 2007 following a complete rebuild.
In the late 1960’s, a Nipper group started at Brighton and many of these early Nipper members of the Club are still active members of the Brighton SLSC today. In 1981, women were allowed to join Surf Life Saving Clubs throughout Australia and Brighton is proud of its strong and active female membership.
Brighton has a long and proud history of keeping Brighton Beach safe and is one of the largest and most successful Clubs in SA. It prides itself on being a friendly, relaxed and family based Club and today boasts a membership of more than 800.
It is known also for its Brighton Jetty Sculptures and the Club is looking forward to hosting its 12th annual event early in 2019, running from 23 January to 3 February.
Close on this events heels will be the now famous Brighton Jetty Classic, SA’s largest open water swim on Sunday 3 February 2019.
Read more about it here and you can also register to swim:
All at Clubs SA wish David well in his new role and look forward to hearing more about the exciting events next year.