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About Surf Boats

Initially, the surf boat was used for rescues in big seas, however the introduction of inshore rescue boats (IRBís) meant that the surf boat was no longer deemed a suitable rescue craft. But intense regional, state and national surf boat competition and the incredible commitment and enthusiasm of thousands of participants, and in recent years a massive increase in female crew members, has kept this challenging and thrilling sport alive.

A surfboat crew consists of four rowers and a sweep, in an eight metre long boat. Each crew rows out to sea 400 metres before returning back to the beach.


The OGSLSC has a very proud history in the sport of surf boat rowing, dating back to 1953, with multiple State Titles to our credit. We are always striving to get the best out of each other, whilst having a lot of fun along the way.

Over the coming summer season our rowers will be competing at all the local Life Saving Victoria and NAVY Series carnivals, while also travelling along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

Our 2015/16 season culminates with the Victorian State Championships at Fairhaven Beach on 19th and 20th of March and a trip up to the Sunshine Coast for the Australian Championships at Alexandra headlands from 18th to 24th of April, 2016.

Getting involved

We are currently looking to fill seats for the coming 2015/2016 Season.

The †divisions we can row in are;

U/19, U/23 men, U/23 women, Open Women, Reserve Grade Men and Open Men along with the Masters categories, which start from 30 yrs up to 60 years of age.

With crews training both in Geelong and in Ocean Grove, why not give it a try? No experience necessary.

We would especially like to field crews in the U/19 and U/23 divisions, as they are the clubs future so if you are:

  • over 16
  • hold your Bronze Medallion (or are training to get it),
  • would like to compete for the club or even just have a social row,

Please donít hesitate to get in contact.

Simply contact the Surfboat Captain below:


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