Colin Ball joined the South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club as a junior. He was a strong swimmer who won many surf races as a junior and cadet. Colin patrolled from 1952, gaining his Bronze Medallion in 1957. He then joined the senior boat crew, along with Peter Busch, Kevin Ball and Athol Lynch. In 1958 this crew were undefeated in carnivals from Urunga to Taree-Old Bar and also won the Branch Championship.
In 1970, Colin registered his children in the Nippers program. He was the Junior Activities President for the Mermaids and Nippers from 1976 – 1986, Junior Activities Branch President for six years, Deputy Superintendent for seven years, Water Referee for eight years and a State Delegate.