Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a volunteer organisation run by members who are dedicated to community safety and protecting members of the public who surf and swim at our beautiful beach.
Since 1957, the surf club has continually patrolled the beach for the benefit of the general public. The club can proudly state that since that first day, no lives have been lost at the beach while patrolling members have been on duty.
Patrolling is an excellent way to meet new people while enhancing your lifesaving skills and providing a service to the community.
Patrolling our Beach
Ellis Beach is one of the most popular in the Cairns locality for families, bathers, locals and visitors alike. With around 400 visitors to the beach a day, we are kept very busy on weekends and public holidays during the year. Surf patrols are conducted by our volunteers during the Patrol season from April to November each year.
Patrol Hours for Ellis Beach SLSC
The Club signs a Patrol Agreement with Surf Life Saving Queensland and the North Queensland Branch to provide beach patrols from April to November each year. Active members will be allocated a patrol and are expected to undertake their rostered duties as required for the patrol. The reason the club exists is to ensure that the public has a safe marine environment as Ellis Beach.
Our surf lifesaving patrol members use a wide variety of equipment and when patrolling our beach. Rescue equipment from Rescue Tubes, Rescue Boards and Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB) are made available to patrols to accommodate difficult surf environments and the many hazards.
The Club must fulfill its obligations under its Patrol Agreement to be able to compete in Surf Carnivals, including Junior Carnivals. Members seeking to rejoin and new members must understand that the purpose of the surf lifesaving movement is to provide community service on our beaches.
Become a Patrol Member
If you would like to become a Surf Life Saver at our Club and make a positive difference to the safety of the community and our beaches, you can become a patrol member and be part of a wider Australian icon, Surf Life Saving Australia.
Please visit our Membership section for information on how to join and membership types.