Surf Life Saving in Queensland (SLSQ) began in 1908, when an old line and belt was brought to Tweed Heads by Sydney dentist Harold Bennett for the purpose of forming a lifesaving club. Not long after, the first qualified surf lifesavers practised at Greenmount Beach.
On February 21, 1909, the first recorded rescue using a lifesaving reel was performed in surf off Greenmount. Lifesavers rescued four young women and a young man, who had been swept away by a rip.
SLSQ was formally established in 1930 and is the governing body for surf lifesaving in Queensland. From these very humble beginnings, SLSQ has now achieved world recognition for the outstanding courage and service of its members.
SLSQ invests in world-first hi-tech drone rescue enterprise: Ripper Corp
SLSA celebrates 40 Years of Women in Lifesaving and 90 years of Surf Life Saving Queensland
The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service Queensland celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park's Kristy Mitchell raises a record $232,832 as Summer Surf Girl entrant.
Volunteer surf lifesavers assist during the Brisbane Floods.
SLSQ secures funding to operate a second helicopter service in South-East Queensland.
Centenary Celebrations, re-enactment of first recorded rescue on a Queensland beach (Greenmount Beach).
National Year of the Lifesaver, 100 years of surf life saving in Australia.
Edie Rowe (nee Kieft) issued her Bronze Medallion, 68 years after completing the examination requirements.
Females are now welcome in surf lifesaving clubs as active female members.
Women are welcomed to train at surf life saving clubs and can complete their bronze medallion.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter starts in Queensland.
Kurrawa's Joy Chambers is the inaugural Surf Girl winner.
Expired air resuscitation, otherwise known as 'mouth to mouth', is adopted by surf lifesaving.
Red and yellow caps are introduced.
Surf Life Saving Queensland introduces the red and yellow flags.
Surf Life Saving Queensland is formed.
Miss Edie Kieft qualified for the Bronze Medallion through Tweed Heads and Coolangatta but did not receive a medallion because she was female.
First Queensland surf carnival at Greenmount.
First Queensland surf life saving club, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, was formed.
Bronze Medallion award was introduced.
First recorded rescue in Queensland at Tweed Head and Coolangatta.
Line and belt brought to Tweed Heads by Sydney dentist Harold Bennett.
Surf Life Saving Australia was formed.
Laws are changed to allow daylight bathing.
William Gocher forms first lifesaving patrol at Manly Beach.