A message from the Gunnamatta SLSC President
Welcome to the Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of a day at Gunn you should! Only slightly over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, there are shower and bathroom facilities with ample car parking all provided by Parks Victoria. It is worth packing the essentials though, food, drink and shelter all need to be brought in and rubbish needs to be taken out to ensure that this National Park remains in pristine condition.
We are a young and relatively small Club, but we have made up for our youth and size by being the most experienced club in the State, accounting for approximately a third of rescues undertaken at Victorian beaches.
Last year was our 50th Birthday and we again won Life Saving Victoria’s Patrol Efficiency Award for being the State’s most efficient operational club. Gunnamatta has dominated this award since we first looked out to sea way back in 1966. The reason is that, as a club, we really have no option. The magnificent sun, sand and surf at Gunnamatta is an amazing place to be, but it can also present extreme conditions.
Known internationally for its incredible surf, Gunnamatta provides a surf playground like no other, but this surf needs to get back out to sea - and this is where Gunn’s powerful rips and currents form. Gunnamatta’s rips can easily sweep a strong swimmer away if they are outside the Red and Yellow flagged area.
Our members are all volunteers who have dedicated their summer to ensuring the beach-going public thoroughly enjoy their visit to Gunn – and get home safely. Our highly trained and experienced volunteers set the red and yellow flags in the safest possible area and yet we have had to save well over 3,000 people from our small stretch of coast. We are proud to say that no-one has been lost whilst in the patrolled area of Gunnamatta.
Please help us by using the area that has been arranged for you. A surf rescue is a very dangerous exercise for both ‘patient’ and rescuer so we ask that you only swim when the beach is patrolled and then only between the flags.