Heritage Tour – Lifesaving in Perth (4 December 2023)



This guided tour will offer an in-depth look of the history of lifesaving in Perth. Join us to hear the stories and visit some of the key locations that have shaped the face of lifesaving in WA from the first public swimming baths to the place where the surf life saving movement was founded in WA in 1909.

Registered Tour - Delegate Information

Note, delegates must have registered and confirmed payment with Event Organisers to attend this tour. 

Thanks so much for registering to attend the Heritage Tour as part of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2023.

More than 20 delegates have registered for this tour to learn more about Lifesaving in Perth. Tour details including contact details are listed below.

Tour Details

This tour will start at the famous Bell Tower Barrack Square. Our team will greet delegates with a big WA welcome and smile with a WCDP logo sign to make it easy for you to spot the team at the Bell Tower.

Please be sure to be on time for this tour as it will commence at 9:00am sharp with a presentation from Richard Offen.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing including enclosed walking shoes and to pack all the essentials including: Sunscreen; Hat; Water bottle; Pen/Paper/Camera (optional).  

Tour is inclusive of bus transfers and lunch. Delegate dietary requirements have been advised and addressed with the lunch venue.


Tour Schedule:

9:00am Guests arrive at Bell Tower for Richard Offen’s AV Presentation Bell Tower Barrack Square, Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth. Please find the location here


9:30am Bus Departs Barrack Street 


9:45am Boat Shed (Crawley Baths) & Eliza Statue – visit the site of the original Crawley baths, a public swimming facility in Matilda Bay opened in 1914 and the bronze Eliza statute that commemorates the historic location. The baths were the largest enclosed body of water in the southern hemisphere and were an important recreational facility in Perth for fifty years. It was an important meeting place for the local community and featured 106 dressing boxes, two pontoons, springboards, and a moveable grandstand where generations of West Australian children learnt to swim.  


10:15am Nedlands Baths – the only surviving example of public baths in Perth and a unique reminder of an almost forgotten way of life.  


11am WA Maritime Museum (Fremantle) – the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle is symbolic of the area’s past, present, and future as a coastal city and port. See the significant historic objects and vessels that highlight WA’s sporting, sailing and adventure heritage, including the America’s Cup winning yacht, Australia II and Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour.  


12:30pm Cottesloe Surf Club and Sgt Smith Memorial (Lunch Location) Cottesloe Surf Club was formed in 1909 when Police Sgt Smith began the revolutionary beach safety and lifesaving movement in WA. It is now an iconic coastal location and a popular spot for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, and enjoying the beautiful Perth sunset. 


2.30pm Arrive back at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Further Questions

If you have any questions in relation to the tour or WCDP2023 please reach out to: 

Conference Secretariat 
World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2023
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia
PO Box 558, Broadway NSW 2007
Telephone  +61 2 8217 3111
Email  WCDP2023@rlssa.org.au
Website www.WCDP2023.com

Whilst in Perth for this tour, you can chat with the Royal Life Saving WA or Conference Team. Please find the contact details below:

Ian Brown
Royal Life Saving Society – WA

Mobile: + 61 403 378 243


Monique Sharp
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia
WCDP2023 Secretariat

Mobile: +61 403 428 616