When the Thirroul Amateur Swimming Club was formed back in 1954, the seaside town was a very different place.
The Olympic pool was there - it was opened in 1940 - but it was unfenced, was open until 9pm during the summer months, and had a high diving tower at the deep end.
Next to the pool was a caravan and camping park that was "wall-to-wall tents" during the summer school holidays.
Today, the pool is fenced in, the diving boards are long gone and a popular children's playground sits where the camping ground once was.
However, the club - about to start its 60th season - is still carrying on the tradition of providing swimming training to primary school children.
And Bernie Thorley, 83, one of the club's founding members, is still involved and still spruiking the benefits of swimming.
"Learning to swim properly and efficiently gives you a lifetime set of skills," Dr Thorley said.
"Living by the coast, you really need to be able to swim well. I feel that we don't give swimming the priority we ought to do."
In 1954, Dr Thorley was sports master at Thirroul Public School and his efforts to start a swimming club were motivated by the school's poor results in the inter-school swimming competition.
"We had just been given a real thrashing at the district swimming carnival," he said.
"Even little Austinmer next door finished well ahead of us.
"So I came down and got a few people together and said: 'Here we are. We live right on this beach. We have a beautiful Olympic pool here. How come we're not even competitive at a school carnival?' "
In response, the Thirroul Amateur Swimming Club was established to provide coaching and training for all children, regardless of their level of development or their commitment to the sport.
By 1956, Thirroul Public School had become the school to beat in district competitions and in 1959 the Thirroul Amateur Swimming Club won a trophy for the best performing swimming club in the Illawarra.
One of the club's pioneer members, Alex Alexander, went on to win a gold medal at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and represented Australia at the 1964 Olympic Games.
Current club president Michael Groves wants to use the occasion of the 60th season to encourage new members to join.
The season starts on November 1 and the club holds swim nights every Friday evening, after the pool closes to the public for the day, from November to March.
To find out more about the Thirroul Amateur Swimming Club, go to www.thirroul.org.