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 professionalism.
The current Club goals are:
· Be a
recognised competitive force in
· Maximise growth potential of
learn to swim operations.
and implement effective internal and external communications.
opportunities for personal and professional development for all
members of the Surrey Park community.
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 time.
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 facility.
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
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
Over the years the Club has had
great success competitively at State, National and International
level in both Age and Open competition. Matt Welsh, 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