Swansea Belmont Surf Club Incorporated was formed in 1927 to patrol Blacksmiths Beach which is located within the City of Lake Macquarie, some twenty kilometres south of Newcastle, New South Wales. Situated at the Southern end of Nine Mile Beach and immediately to the north of notorious Swansea Channel, the Club has provided a community service to beach goers an seafarers on numerous occasions for more than seventy years.
Being a community based volunteer organisation, the Club receives strong support from the local residents of Swansea, Blacksmiths and Belmont and is recognised for the training of the youth in the area in surfing and life saving techniques. Boasting a membership of 700, with approximately 170 members actively involved in lifesaving duties patrolling the beach, it is one of the largest clubs in the Hunter Branch of Surf Life Saving.
Of the above membership, 350 are junior members (nippers), providing the Club with an ongoing supply of active members to maintain the high standards which are an integral part of the Clubs history.
Apart from its primary role of ensuring that Blacksmiths Beach is safe for surfing, the Club is also involved in other activities including conducting an annual Community swim across Lake Macquarie. This 3.8 kilometre swim from Western slopes of Lake Macquarie to Belmont attracts in excess of two hundred competitors across all ages. Also, through its qualified examiners the Club conducts resuscitation courses and issues certificates of competency through Surf life Saving New South Wales.