In 1928, an idea, enthusiasm, determination and eager volunteers combined to form the swimming and life saving club we now call the Neptune Royal Life Saving Club. Supported and guided from the outset by Frank Venning and Joe Betts, an intrepid group of young ladies established themselves at Joe Betts’s gymnasium in Queen Street, Brisbane, then later at Ithaca Batha. With this beginning, the desire grew strongly to establish a permanent location for beach patrolling.
In 1959, patrolling commenced at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast with a tent as the first club house. Through the determined efforts of the members, funds were raised to build a permanent club house. Supported by various community organisations, e.g. Apex, Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Clubs and many volunteers, a single-storey club house measuring 60’x20′ was built and officially opened in 1961. Thus began the world’s first all-female Life Saving Club to perform beach patrols with a permanent club house to call its own.
Since then, the Club has seen growth in members, expansion of the club house to two storeys, the admission of male members, and registration as an incorporated association in 1989. Growth has been funded principally through members’ efforts and enthusiasm. Some of the members from the early formative years of the Club are still involved in various ways today. The Club therefore has a rich heritage to live up to and develop.
Since 1959, our members have patrolled the waters of Tallebudgera Creek, east of the highway bridge, each weekend from October to Easter. It was Neptune members who identified the Tallebudgera Creek as an area requiring life saving patrols. Members vigorously pursued their cause with State and Local Governments and were rewarded with the assignment of land for a club house at its current site.
Tallebudgera Creek is a well-known family picnic and swimming area but is subject to dangerous tidal surges. The area’s popularity has grown over the years and it is favoured by young families as well as people of all ages. Neptune members are there for the rescue and assistance, or a concerned check to ensure all is right. Rewards in the form of a thank you are few and far between, but no matter, a successful rescue and the sigh of a relieved parent, family, or friends, does the heart proud through a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment of a job well done.
“Lifesaving is not an easy life. It takes hard work, dedication, and a sense of community pride to volunteer your services. We think it is worth it!”
The club has consistently maintained a family environment in its method of operation. Each patrol weekend is managed by a duty manager, usually a parent(s), and families are encouraged to join as a full unit.
Appropriate rules ensure fairness to all within a stable and supportive environment. While developing on ethos of training and life saving,
there is ample opportunity for enjoyment and fun.
We are confident that this is an environment unique among lifesaving clubs.