Surf Life Saving Trophies


Surf Lifesavers are Aussie Beach Culture

People around the world can now watch the heroic actions of our Lifeguards on “Bondi Rescue” but it’s interesting to see how Surf Life Saving developed in Australia over the last century. Before 1902 it was against the law to swim in public during daylight hours. William Gocher, an editor from Manly, challenged this by swimming during the day and the law was changed so that people could bath if they were suitably dressed.  Men and women had to swim separately but later mixed bathing was allowed.  Drownings increased as weaker swimmers began swimming in the sea. Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club was formed in 1907 and the first iconic surf-reel was used.  This saw the inception in 1907 of the Surf Bathing Association of NSW and then the states joined together in 1922 to become Surf Life Saving Association of Australia.  In 1915 the first Australian surf life saving championships were held at Bondi and Nipper programs operated from the 1920/30s. In 1919 the Association introduced meritorious awards for acts of exceptional bravery and resource in the surf.

“Surf Life Saving exists to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities” Surf Life Saving Australia’s Mission

To reward our current achievers, Sydney Awards and Trophies has an exciting range of Surf Life Saving trophies, awards and medals.  The young Nippers will be thrilled to receive a trophy from our junior range.  There are also trophies with men and women figures, trophies with coloured red and yellow flags and caps, others featuring lifeboats or rescue boards.  There is something suitable for the various surf life saving events.  For higher achievements there are numerous cost effective options throughout our website to personalise elite awards. At Sydney Awards and Trophies we strive to source awards for surf life savers, young and old, who follow the tradition set by generations who volunteer their time to put the community’s need before their own.