North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club was formed in March, 1949. There was concern due to the lack of a surf club between Kirra and Bilinga. Joe Doniger, a life member of Kirra Surf Club who also resided in the area, was approached to become involved in forming the new club and was subsequently elected to the position of Captain.
The sixties saw North Kirra come into its own in the organisation, and running of surf carnivals, as well as branch carnivals. The club acquired their own sponsor W.D. & H.O. Wills, the major tobacco company of the day, and each year ran the Craven “A” Carnival with an impressive array of trophies that attracted clubs from all branches and Northern New South Wales. These carnivals were second only in size to the State titles and equipped the members to run the state titles on a semi regular basis.
With the introduction of the IRB, it became necessary for members to obtain their IRB driver’s licence, after early teething problems, such as inexperienced drivers, the new style of rescue became a reality. Complete with radios. The first IRB lasted four seasons.
The 1982-83 season saw our first female lifesavers, when Jenny and Christian Johnson received their bronze medallions. This meant changes to the layout of the club house had to be made as previously females were not permitted did not have amenities or dormitories.
The North Kirra Supporters’ Club was formed in 1987. It was built in the club’s recreation room, which adjoined the upstairs bunk room. However, the bar committee, led by Chairman Bruce Bevan, unofficially opened the bar in November, 1986.
At last, after many years of talking about it, the inaugural season of North Kirra Nippers Club arrived. Cheryl-Ann Dunn was the initial instructor. Members in their first year were not expected to compete against other clubs, but to just enjoy the Sunday mornings on the beach. The following season the Junior titles were held at North Kirra with our Nippers competing.
The successful formation of the Nippers Club brought about a new interest in the club from local residents, through their children becoming Nippers, hence the parents gravitated to the senior club, with many of them becoming bronze holders and assisting with patrols.
Currently North Kirra is a prosperous club with over 350 members which prides it’s self on it’s professionalism whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.