About Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club (ISLSC)
Our mission is to provide a safe beach environment for the community at the Inverloch Surf Beach through the provision of an effective volunteer patrolling service. We also strive to offer our members a supportive and team-orientated club culture that encourages personal development and friendship.
In achieving our mission, our goals are to:
- Offer our members sporting, education, personal development, leadership, social and health opportunities.
- Develop happy, healthy and responsible people within our community
- Be an educator in the South Gippsland region.
Current Board of Management (Season 2022/23)
With the growing popularity and hazards due to changing sand conditions at the Inverloch beach, Mr Alan Bolton and Mr Glen Hibberd realised the need for a local life-saving club. They called for a public meeting which was held in February 1998 to discuss the need for a patrolled beach. The popularity of the beach and changing conditions were the catalysts in gaining widespread support from the community. Volunteers were requested to help form the club and thus, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club was established.
The inaugural General Meeting occurred on 9 August 1998.
First Committee of Inverloch SLSC 1998
- President: Glen Hibberd
- Secretary: Alan Bolton
- Treasurer: John Ryan
- Club Captain: Rick Owen
- Committee: David & Beth Sutherland, Rosemary Langston, Ray & Sandra Bastin, Sue Fitzgerald, Maureen Ansell, George Misson (State Centre Liaison Officer)
First Delegate to State Centre: Alan Bolton (1998)
Affiliation with State Centre: 1998
Club Colours: Red and Yellow
First Bronze Medallion holders: Anne Fotopolous, Edwin Jungwirth, Lauren Kerr, Patricia McCarthy, Eran Saunders, Renee Schultz
First Competitor for the Club: Stacey Allan competed at Anglesea in January 2000
Life Members: Alan Bolton (2009), Maureen Ansell (2009), David Schultz (2015), Angela Malan (2018), Chris Malan (2018), Rob O’Neill (2019), Teagan Thom (2022), Tarryn Thom (2022).
In its earliest years, the club operated from a leased shipping container and was then donated the second container by Richard Short (of Royal Wolf Containers). All equipment was stored in these two containers. The third container was donated to the club which was used as an office and first aid room. The club operated from these 3 containers until January 2011.
Breaking Ground – Easter 2010 – L-R: Renee Schultz, Trevor Dando, Maureen Ansell, Philippe du Plessis, Alan Bolton
The Invy crew celebrating the end of the container era Easter 2010.
Office and First Aid container in foreground with two 20-foot storage containers in the background.
Under Construction Sep 2010
In 2010, after many years of fundraising, generous support from members and the community, and with the assistance of the Victorian State Government and the Bass Coast Council, construction of the new Clubhouse commenced. In January 2011, the new facility was officially opened and the club entered a new era. Our state-of-the-art clubhouse includes a large training room, sleeping quarters, equipment storage garage, first aid room and kiosk.
Clubhouse just after completion Dec 2010
Current – April 2014
Glass panels installed on the walls in the training room acknowledge those who have contributed financially to the club to assist in building the clubhouse. In addition, club office bearers and award winners are also recognised.