By 1909, surf bathing had become a popular pastime which led to fundraising and construction of dressing sheds: two between the Jetty and Headland and two on Boambee beach.
This was the beginning of the Jetty Surf Club which steadily grew until 1914 when World War I took all the districts young men away. It was however, reborn by 1920 when the survivors of the Great War drifted back into town.
In February 1923 a meeting was held to discuss the formation of a second club. The following month, Officers were elected and a new club was formed, this being the genesis of the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club. The first Bronze Squad was formed in 1924 and amenities were constructed at Park Beach in 1926.
Some members of the Jetty Club joined the new club, but according to one of the original members of the Coffs Harbour Club, Ernie Eeley, “it was not a breakaway move”, and members of the new club had no affiliation with the Jetty Club. Things were very difficult in the early days of the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club and white ants made a quick meal of the original amenities. In 1926 it was decided to “go the whole hog” and build in brick. The building was officially opened on 3 October, 1926.
The Jetty Surf Club provided a vital service until 1937 when Jetty Beach was fully enclosed and led to the Clubs demise.
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