It is quintessentially Australian - surf lifesavers running on white sand in bright red and yellow.
But at Secret Harbour, the local "clubbies" patrolling the beaches are most likely British.
The idyllic southern suburb is just one coastal pocket from Mandurah to Mindarie inundated with almost 200,000 British expatriates who now call WA home.
It is a world away from Thornton, north of Blackpool, where Dave and Jane Howarth and their teenagers Chloe, 17, and Chris, 13, hail from.
They are among the 400-plus British-born members of the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.
Mr Howarth said he enrolled his children to familiarise them with the ocean and the whole family quickly took to it.
"My daughter has her bronze and is a trainer and my son just passed his surf rescue certificate," he said.
"We love the people at the club and the community spirit.
"If we turned around and said to the kids 'we're moving back home', they'd say 'you're on your own'."
Club administrator Sharon Phillips said the expats were welcomed with open arms and Britons now outnumbered Australian members.
"They have this idea of the beach lifestyle before they come and then quickly become addicted," she said. "Surf club is such an Aussie experience and expats want to get their kids into the nipper programs to educate them about the water."
The 2011 Census shows British-born residents make up almost 9 per cent of WA's population after the biggest rush of arrivals between 2006 and 2011 since the 1970s. More than 31,000 English-born people arrived in WA over the five years, when the pound was worth more than $2.Rhianna King
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