Queenscliff beach is situated at the northern end of the world famous Manly beach.


The Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Clubhouse is located just south of the lagoon and has been providing surf life saving activities since 1924.

The beach receives waves averaging around 1.5m and has a Safety Rating of 6 (with 1 being the safest and 10 the least safe). Limited parking is provided along North Steyne and adjacent streets. The beach is within ten minutes walk from Manly Wharf and a headland tunnel connects the beach, via the rocks, to Freshwater Beach.

The Club is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia and is one of the twenty-one clubs which form Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Incorporated.


Joining Queenscliff SLSC

Membership is available to anyone interested in joining; age is no barrier!

You will be assisting in providing a valuable community service, whilst enjoying the many sporting, social and development activities the Club has to offer.

You do not have to be a Patrolling member to join the Club and we have a variety of options for active or non-active and individual or family memberships.  
If you don’t hold your Bronze Medallion and want to get involved with patrolling and lifesaving, the Club runs courses regularly throughout the season and as demand warrants during the off-season.  Contact our Chief Instructor  for more information or to find out when the next course starts.

If patrolling is not your thing you can still join the Club get involved by joining as an Award member. This allows you to participate in any of the non-life saving courses offered by the Club and attain a variety of qualifications that can be used to help out at Club events and Carnivals.  Qualifications such as Apply First Aid are recognised by WorkCover NSW and can be used outside of Surf Life Saving.

If you just want to join a great Club in an inactive capacity we also offer Associate membership which allows you to become a member without patrolling or holding any awards.


Visit our Membership section for the full list of memberships available at the Club.

Patrolling Season


Patrols are the basis of surf life saving, they begin on the last weekend in September and finish on ANZAC Day the following year.

The Club currently has 14 patrols which means each patrol being on duty around 12 times a season.  There are two patrols each day running from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm during daylight saving and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm during the rest of the season.

Patrols are led are led by a Patrol Captain and supported by their Vice- Captain.

Patrolling members are required to undergo proficiency examinations each year in order to remain as an active member during any one season.

Social Activities

First Fridays - On the first Friday night of the month, Club members get together for drinks at the club house from 5:30pm.

Queenscliff SLSC Golf Day – this is a yearly event usually held in November which is well attended by members and Nipper parents and is the Club’s major fund raising event.

Sunday Surf Races - The Club runs a handicap surf race for all ranges of swimmers.  It’s a great chance for parents to swim with their children as well as being a lot of fun. The Christmas Day Surf Race is held every year and is a great event.

Other social activities are organised throughout the season and all are invited to attend.

These are great ways to meet people and also a good way to make some money for the Club whilst we’re having a good time. We are always looking for people to help organise a function or give us ideas, so if you can help please let us know.


The Nippers program introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving and is one of the most important activities your child can do, as it ensures your son or daughter will be ‘surf safe’, and will be able to save those that are not. Apart from that, it is mountains of fun and will help keep your child healthy and happy.

The Club produces an “Introduction to Queenscliff Nippers” brochure that contains loads of information about the Nipper program and what it can offer your child. It is available from the Club office or bar area or downloadable from queensie.com.


The Cadet program starts when you leave Nippers at the age of 14.  On completing their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) Cadets can then take part in patrols.  They continue with their SRC until they turn 15 when they do their Bronze Medallion and become a full patrolling member.

Competition at carnivals split into four age groups, Under 15, Under 17, Under 19 and Open. Competitors have set training schedules throughout the year with winter being generally for fitness and once August arrives, full training starts.  If you are interested in competing then visit queensie.com and check out  the training schedules or come down and talk to one of the coaches.


To compete as a Master, members need to be over 30 years of age as at 30 September, be proficient SLSA Bronze Medallion holders and have met their patrol requirements.

Masters compete in their own age group or the next  youngest category if there are insufficient starters to conduct an event in their own age category.

The individual events age categories are 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70.

Association Awards

The club conducts regular training courses for the following Awards during the patrolling season and outside it when there is sufficient demand.

  • Bronze Medallion

  • Defibrillation

  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate (ARTC)

  • IRB Crew and IRB Driver

  • Surf Rescue Certificate

  • Apply (Senior) First Aid, this is WorkCover Approved.

If active patrolling isn’t your thing you can still become part of the Club by training for the Defibrillation, ARTC and Apply First Aid awards.  This way you can help out at Carnivals and any other Club events requiring First Aid. For more information on the awards you can do at Queenscliff,  visit our Awards and Educations section.

If you are not yet a member of Queensie or still deciding whether you would like to get involved with the Surf Life Saving movement and would like a hard copy of this article to download and read later, the Club has produced an info pack with all the information above plus more more.

See you on the beach!

Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club