In 1909, Sergeant John Smith (later to become an Inspector) of the Western Australia Police convened a meeting of swimming enthusiasts to form the life-saving movement in Western Australia. Smith, with a few fellow enthusiasts, considered that it was time to take steps to prevent further loss of life at the ocean beaches. Assisted by Major Sanders, he drew up a system of drills, and a few primitive reels appeared at the Cottesloe beach. From those small beginnings has grown the Surf Life-Saving Association in Western Australia, now a valuable service to the public. Smith was the first honorary instructor to the West Australian Surf Life-Saving Association. He was also an instructor in First Aid to Police, and as a result of his valuable work, by 1930 90% of police had certificates in First Aid.