Surf Life Saving Clubs in South Australia are among the best community facilities in the State with an ongoing commitment from the South Australian Government to rebuild and renovate Clubs each year.
Surf Life Saving SA are currently halfway through the rebuild process and Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club is the latest Club to have undergone the redevelopment process. The stunning new facility was be officially opened by the Emergency Services Minister Hon. Mr Corey Wingard at a ceremony on Saturday 13 October.
Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club Rebuild
Established in 1957 by a dedicated group of south coast surfers, Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club has a unique identity on our coastline as home of the Surfing Surf Lifesaver.
Watching over some of SA’s best Surf and offering Surfers a great base to enjoy the waves Chiton has a live streaming Surf Cam for the public to check out the swell and is the only SA Club to offer bunkhouse accommodation.
Built by Partek, the new facilities have been designed to include:
· Upgraded ground floor planning to meet emergency services requirements including the first aid room, patrol room and equipment storage areas and improved rapid response capabilities.
· New formal entry /display area to add a sense of address for the club.
· Refurbishment and reconfiguration of the change rooms, showers and toilet areas.
· Improved pedestrian flow through the building, including around stored equipment, access from change rooms connecting to the existing bunkroom facilities, introduction of a functional gymnasium and the main entry to the upstairs members area including an air lock to assist with entry and egress and prevailing conditions and southerly winds.
· Disabled access to the upstairs members area via a lift
· First floor addition of member’s dining room, kitchen, bar and plant rooms. This incorporates a viewing platform/balcony facing directly south with views east to west along the coastline.
Chiton Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club offers volunteer patrol services on weekends and public holidays from October to the April. With Chiton Rocks Beach a popular tourist destination for Surfers Boogie Boarders, Swimmers and Body Boarders of all ages, the club has performed 258 rescues in its history. The Chiton Rocks Nippers program has been running since 2005 and the Club welcomes Members from all over the State.
The surrounding community are thrilled with the rebuild and a partnership with local team “The Village Foodie” for the Club’s Friday night dinners and new Café has seen the club developing into a vibrant community hub with beach yoga classes already underway.