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About us

Our Club

Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Australia's southern most surf life saving club and the proud home of Cliffy the Polar Bear. Founded in 1963, Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a key central hub for its members and surrounding communities.

Our volunteer run organisation is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Tasmania and provides lifesaving patrol services throughout the summer months as well as maintaining our 24/7 Emergency Response Team that provide frontline support to other external agencies in times of need. As well as our lifesaving services we also run a successful nippers program and run regular community events at the Club.

Club Patron
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Julie Collins MP

Clifton Beach SLSC would like to thank Julie Collins MP, for our continued support of the Club over many years in her role as patron.


Our History

Clifton Beach SLSC was established during the summer of 1963 when surfing, surf life saving and the beach lifestyle was experiencing great popularity.


Clifton is nationally renowned for hosting three very successful Australian Championship Carnivals in 1969, 1976 and 1983 when thousands flocked to Clifton to watch champion surf boat crews and legends like Barry Rogers, Olympians Ken Vidler and Grant Kenny take gold.

Clifton Beach

Just a quick 30 minutes from Hobart CBD, Clifton Beach is Tasmania's most popular surfing beach with regular board riding, lifesaving events and carnivals held throughout the summer months.

Clifton Beach is a 2 km long beach that nestles between Cape Deslacs to the north and a large headland and cliffs to the south. It faces South East out into Storm Bay and Fredrick Henry Bays which receives constant swells and weather from the Southern Ocean.

Water temperatures range from 8 degrees midwinter to 20 over peak summer.


This has created a tricky and even dangerous surf/beach environment, where novices and skilled enthusiasts alike can get into trouble when large gutters, rips and surf frequent the beach. People have drowned on unpatrolled sections of Clifton in recent years, emphasing the need to 'swim between the flags' where possible.

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