Welcome to the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club, one of the 29 clubs on the WA coast, stretching from Broome in the far north to Esperance on the south coast. Ocean Beach is recognised as one of the most dangerous patrolled beaches in WA and we have a long and proud history of making sure that our beach patrons are well looked after. While we are committed to ensuring that Ocean Beach remains a safe beach to swim at, there is more to us than just surf lifesaving. There are many aspects to the club, including patrolling, education programs for our members, a fantastic family atmosphere, competition and a strong development program for our junior members.
The Denmark SLSC was formed in November 1958 after a tragic double drowning at Ocean Beach. In the days after the tragedy a town meeting was called and the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club was formed. A small group of young men from the town received training from visiting lifesavers from the City of Perth club, with the first patrol at Ocean Beach commencing on the 14th December 1958. Last year the Denmark Club celebrated their 50th anniversary with a weekend of activities to which a fair number of those who were involved in the formative years managed to attend.
The club now has now grown to have one of the best located clubrooms on the WA coast, much to the envy of many visiting members from other clubs. Our membership totals nearly 200, with around 80 juniors participating in our nipper program. We have four patrol teams rostered on weekends from the first weekend in December until the last weekend in March. Last season our volunteer lifesavers spent 1497 hours on duty, carried out 21 rescues, had 12 major first aid cases and 104 preventative actions. These figures don’t include the 11 rescues, 150 preventative actions and 20 major first aid cases that the paid lifeguards carried out over the summer school holidays.