Surf carnival and club championship competition forms an integral part of Ocean Grove's surf lifesaving activities. Active members can compete at club, State and National level in numerous events spanning the board and ski, beach, water and boat sections of competition. Nippers also have their own scope of competition at the three levels.
Surf lifesaving competition was originally designed to promote and maintain the surf rescue skills of its members. Although some forms of competition equipment no-longer relate directly to surf patrols (e.g. surf boat, ski, and reel, line and belt); the skills, fitness and preparedness for rescue they develop are of vital importance.
Ocean Grove has a long history of regular commitment to competition at the three levels. The club's investment in its youth has paid enormous dividends with the club winning the Senior Victorian State Championships from 2000 to 2010; an impressive 11 year domination. The seniors win is even more impressive when you consider that the Club rarely has competitors in the surf boat section.
At the Nipper level, Ocean Grove has won the State Championships in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The Club is also well represented in the Masters (over 30) section at both State and National level, winning the 2003 State Master's championships.
Surf lifesaving competition is an integral part of Ocean Grove's overall success as a surf club.