The Surrey Park Swimming Club seeks to provide the best club
environment in Victoria for the development of all of its swimmers
to their full potential in an atmosphere of enjoyment and
The current Club goals are:
Be a recognised competitive force in swimming.
Maximise growth potential of learn to swim
Develop and implement effective internal and external
Provide opportunities for personal and professional development
for all members of the Surrey Park community.
Provide ongoing appropriate diversification within the Surrey
Park program to meet the needs of our stakeholders.
Identify and secure sustainable pool space for long term
The Surrey Park Swimming Club was established in 1904 and is
one of the oldest still active swimming clubs in Victoria. The Club
has been part of the sporting life of the Box Hill area since that
In 1905 the Box Hill Council resolved to spend up to
£3,000 to buy reserves for Box Hill’s growing
community. The council purchased Surrey Park, then still a paddock,
and envisaged converting the quarry that was being surreptitiously
used for swimming, into an organised 45 feet deep swimming
The Surrey Dive, as it was christened, was eventually fenced
and bathing sheds, rafts, and springboards were built. The Surrey
Dive was leased to the newly formed Surrey Park Swimming Club,
whose membership was male only due to the propriety of the times
and the dangers at the dive.
The Club held its first carnival on 23 February 1907. The one
mile championship was won, in record time, by Frank (later Sir
Frank) Beaurepaire. In the 1930’s Surrey Park Swimming
Club moved to the newly built Box Hill City Baths. In 1981, Box
Hill Recreation Centre (now AQBH) opened, and the Club started to
train in this centre’s indoor pool. The facade of the
original kiosk forms part of the Surrey Park Swimming Club's Club
Rooms. Female members were admitted to the club in 1925 and
today represent in excess of 60% of the Club’s
Over the years Surrey Park has had great success competitively
at State, National and International level in both
Age and Open competition. Matt Welsh, now retired, when a member of
Surrey Park represented Australia at the Sydney 2000
Olympics. Former Surrey Park swimmer Samantha Hamill also
represented Australia at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. More
recently we have had Surrey Park swimmers representing Australia at
Junior World Championships, the Youth Olympic Festival and World
In addition to Surrey Park's competitive squad program, Surrey
Park Swimming provides learn-to-swim tuition at Aqualink Box Hill.
A team of qualified experienced professional instructors are
employed to conduct lessons. Surrey Park Swimming prides itself on
its family friendly atmosphere as well as giving all swimmers the
opportunity to achieve their full potential.