Welcome to North Queensland Branch of Surf Life Saving

On the 30th September 1950 the North Queensland Branch was established. Representatives of the three clubs were present: Cairns, Etty Bay and Mission Beach, and S. Flegler was elected as the first Branch President. With 3 clubs minimum required to maintain a branch the number of clubs was boosted to four in 1952 with the formation of Yorkey’s Knob SLSC. Members from Yorkey’s Knob club were instrumental in forming Ellis Beach SLSC in 1957 and Yorkey’s ceased to exist. The branch gained a fifth club in 1980 when the Port Douglas SLSC was established. The club was allocated a small block of land on the foreshore of Four Mile Beach.

Due to our unique expertise in tropical water safety and marine stinger protection North Queensland Branch have provided many years of experience servicing the public and upholding the Surf Life Saving Queensland vision of zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters. North Queensland Branch is proud to say we are part of this amazing iconic institution Surf Life Saving Australia.


01/02/2024 – North Queensland Newsletter – February Issue
01/10/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – September/October Issue
01/07/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – July Issue
01/06/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – June Issue
01/05/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – April/May Issue
01/03/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – March Issue
01/02/2023 – North Queensland Newsletter – February Issue

Beach Reports

Australia’s waters contain many sea creatures including Marine Stingers. They are generally quite easy to avoid. Stingers can cause discomfort if you are stung and some tropical species (the Irukandji and the Box Jellyfish for example) can be lethal.



Surf Life Saving is about satisfaction, having fun, being physically fit, teamwork, aquatic safety skills, competitions, helping make surfing a safer pastime and doing a vital job and doing it well.  Surf Life Saving offers a range of awards…

Surf Sports

Surf Life Saving is recognised as the most effective surf rescue service in the world. Surf Sports play a key role in improving lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.

Young and old, professionals and beginners alike enjoy participating in the surf sports.

Get Involved

There’s a role for everyone in Surf Life Saving, and the experiences and opportunities that you’ll face each day are never the same.

The skills you learn along the way will not only save lives and help the community, but potentially put you on the pathway to places you never thought possible.