As Torquay’s second and more exposed surfing beach, Jan Juc is considered one of Victoria’s most challenging surf beaches and is rated as “highly hazardous” with an average of 30 rescues each year.
Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1963 and the club has since developed a proud tradition and history of providing essential surf lifesaving services to the public for more than 50 years.
Under the banner of Emergency Services Victoria the Club is a 100% volunteer run organisation and depends entirely on memberships, fundraising, events and donations to keep lifesavers on the beach.
Membership of the Club has increased by more than 60% over the last 6 years and the current membership approximates 950 members with a growing alumni of over 2,000 current and past members.
In addition to lifesaving and patrol services the JJSLSC provides;
- Surf education programmes, regional training services and links to schools
- Leadership and youth development opportunities in community service
- Health and physical wellbeing through participation in diverse sports, competition and patrolling
- Venue for community groups, functions and a focal point for social connections and engagement
The JJSLSC nipper and surf sports program is a leader in providing a safe and fun environment for children from all backgrounds to develop water skills and progress towards lifesaving qualifications and make broader contributions to their communities.
Davidsons has had a long connection with JJSLSC. Director Clint Fraser and team member Jenny Elliott along with their respective families are active members of the JJSLSC. Jenny also completed her surf bronze lifesaving qualification this summer. A large number of Davidsons clients, especially those based in Torquay, are also members and contributors to the JJSLSC.
In 2018 the long awaited goal of redeveloping the Clubhouse finally commenced with the demolition of the original 1963 building. The redevelopment of the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club aims to provide greater opportunity for use all year around, an important community hub as well as improving the provision of lifesaving services, safety and emergency access.
Clint Fraser is a member of the Project Control Group (a skills based sub committee of the JJSLSC) assisting to manage the development of the new clubhouse. Ian Sweet provided his advisory skills and facilitated the strategic planning for the JJSLSC board late last year.
Funding for this critical project has been secured from Federal, State and Local governments as well as fundraising activities by JJSLSC (including the Bells Bash fun run and Danger 1000 swim events). The JJSLSC is still in need of additional funds so should you wish to contribute visit www.janjucsurfclub.com.au.
Family and community are a core value at Davidsons and the JJSLSC provides a practical example of how we engage, promote and assist community organisations. That contribution can come in the form of providing technical skills as well as the provision of water safety at nippers or a surf patrol!