History of Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club

Marcoola Beach Surf Life Saving Club began on a Sunday morning in 1969 outside Marcoola beach kiosk. Marcoola Nipper Club was up and running before the Senior Club patrolled our beach.


Twenty-two members made up the first season squad and they went on to place third in the March Past at the Branch Titles. In addition, they won 11 pennants at three carnivals in the first year. As they were called ‘Marcoola Dolphins’ it followed that the dolphin became the Club’s emblem and still is today.


In 1979 Marcoola formed the first Nipperette Club (Females) on the Sunshine Coast. This was before females were officially allowed to join the movement. Branch officials were not impressed, and the Club was severely reprimanded. From 1980 females were permitted to join the Surf Life Saving Association.


The first clubhouse at Marcoola was a single storey fibro building completed in 1970. With the growth in population of the area and with nippers moving into the senior ranks, this building was demolished and our two storey building was completed on 1984. Some extensions have been added since then.


So take the time to inspect our honour and photo boards that are proudly on display in the Supporters’ Club. You will see just a small number of the people who have made Marcoola SLSC what it is today.