About Us

Who Are We

Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club is home to a small but dedicated team of surf life savers on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, who patrol every weekend and public holidays from September through April.

Our tight-knit community is united through a common love and respect for the ocean. We pride ourselves on excellence in surf safety and education. The diversity of our community is its strength, with our lifesavers, associate members, and wider community working together to keep the beach safe for all.

Everybody is welcome at Whale Beach, a place where you can connect, train hard, and belong.


Whale Beach surf club was founded in 1937 at a time when campers and weekenders dominated beach users. The Club is housed in a superb, multi-storied clubhouse that, unusually for a surf club, is owned by the members rather than the local council.

All active and associate members have full access to our first class facilities, including sleeping accommodation, full bathroom and kitchen amenities, as well as a gym and board and ski storage. The Club has around 200 active and reserve active members and some 130 supporting associate family members.

Whale Beach has a place for everyone and welcomes the unique skills and personalities each individual brings to our club. We’ll see you on the beach!


Whale Beach is situated on the northern peninsula of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is 600m long, east facing and bordered by Little and Careel heads and backed by slopes covered in houses. The beach is accessed via winding Whale Beach Road and a steep descent to the beachfront reserve, which includes a large car park, southern picnic area and rock pool on the southern rock platform.

The beach receives waves averaging 1.6m resulting in an energetic surf zone, dominated by a single bar, which is always cut by three to four rips, including permanent rips against either headland. The north end, known as "The Wedge", is a favourite surfing spot breaking over a rock reef providing a good take off and short but solid left. The north and south rock platforms are easily accessible and along with two to three gutters found along the beach, make it a very popular fishing location.

2021/22 Management Committee

Position Name
President Kieran Gallagher
Vice President Loretta Leonard
Treasurer Jon Pratten
Secretary Anthony Leonard
Club Captain Charlie Kellaway
Chief Training Officer Chris Darley
Marketing Officer Steph Darley
Social Secretary Sally Gole
Immediate Past President Andrew Pearce
House Captain Jack Lamrock
Property Officer Brian Lamrock
Competition Secretary David Stenning
Membership Officer Laura Mears
Gear Officer Peter Myers

Other Club Officers

Position Name
Club Vice Captain (shared) Richard Leonard
Club Vice Captain (shared) Dylan Rees-Ewen
Club Administrator Sarah Warburton
Ocean Swim Director Annette Baggie
Junior Activities Phil Schmidt
Vice Social Secretary Saskia Clarke
Digital Officer Ethan Ravenhall
Social Media Officer Lochie Stanwell & Will Gibson
Handicapper Graeme Stewart
IRB & Power Equipment Captain Lindsay Kershaw
Board & Ski Captain Matt Stafford
Boat Captain Brett Babicci
Radio Officer Edd Connolly
First Aid Officer Jeanine Angilley
OHS Officer Peter Myers
Sponsorship Officer Sheldon Pozniak
Merchandise Officer Bob Wines
Membership Protection Loretta Leonard
Membership Protection Sam Zagorski
Communications Officer vacant