Women in Surf Event at Sorrento SLSC
What a wonderful afternoon we had on Sunday to celebrate 40 years of Women in Surf!!
Thank you to the volunteers that organised and ran the event and Sorrento SLSC for hosting the event.
2020 marks 40 years since women were given the opportunity by Surf Life Saving Australia to achieve their Bronze Medallions, don the iconic red and yellow patrol uniform and actively patrol Australian beaches as surf lifesavers.
Prior to July 1980, women’s roles in Surf Life Saving Clubs were restricted to support and back-office functions. With the exception of a number of women who were allowed to patrol beaches as surf lifesavers during World War II, women were prevented from participating in active patrol duties on the beach. The prevailing attitudes of many people at the time were that women weren’t physically capable of carrying out an aquatic rescue in the surf.
However, Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Council passed a motion in early 1980 that recommended from 1 July that year, surf clubs across Australia allow women to become active patrolling members, after successfully obtaining their Bronze Medallions.
To check out more infomation on the history of women in Surf Lifesaving, click on the link below. https://www.surflifesaving.com.au/news/women-celebrate-40-years-surf-lifesavers