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.
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 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 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
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 University Games.
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.