Mentors Required: Families, Junior Members, Seniors and Masters to support new CALD Members 

Surf Life Saving Australia are looking for Mentors to work with the “Ride the Waves” Program for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Population.

Young People partaking in the Program will be linked to Surf Life Saving Clubs and this will provide Semaphore with an additional 25 members or more as we re-open in October 2018.  There is a meet and greet day on Saturday 25 February 2018 at Henley Beach Surf Club.  The club receives $100 for every mentor that we are able to provide so please if you can support a child, family or adult to feel at home in our club.

The Program is designed for new Australians, migrants and refugees, we’re keen to attract families but there’s no restriction with exception to a minimum age of 13.  We will make allowance to the age criteria if a family seeks to participate and they have one or two siblings just under the age bracket. Due to this it would be great if we could get a few Junior Families to attend as a family so that the new members could be included in social events as well as club events.  This will allow participants to connect with their peers and adults can take the parents under their wing.  It would also be great to have a few senior members to link in with the older teenagers and adults who attend.  It would be great to try and have 10 people attend the meet and greet.

Please register your interest with and identify if you can attend the session on Saturday 25 February and if you have a current Department Communities and Social Inclusion Check and Child Safe Environments Training.

Thanks in advance,



Beach Management Course

Beach Management course will be held at the Henley SLSC on Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 starting at 8:30am.

This course is to assist Patrol Captains, Vice Captains and potential leaders in the following skills:

  • undertake work activities and accept responsibilities
  • set performance requirements and maintain team performance
  • contribute to team outcomes and support team cohesion
  • participate in a work team and communicate with management
  • prepare for beach surveillance and rescue
  • undertake preventive actions
  • complete beach surveillance and rescue recovery requirements
  • respond to casualties in distress.

Please contact


Junior Weekly Report

So Nippers isn’t all about Surf Sports.

When we get the chance, like Saturday with the cooler temp, we also teach what we call Surf Ed.  Here we see some Under 7’s and Under 8’s learning about D.R.S.A.B.C.D. (that’s Danger, Response, Send (for help), Airway, Breathing, Compressions, and Defibrillation).

Surf Ed is taught at different levels depending on the Age Group with a view for our Under 13’s to be ready to complete their Surf Rescue Certificate training at 14 years of age. Once completed they are ready to join a patrol group and be eligible to provide water cover for Junior carnivals and training.

A huge thanks to Brad Tunbridge for running these very valuable Surf Ed sessions on Saturday.

It’s worth noting any students who are Club Members and have completed a Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion can have these awards recognised by registering them with their school VET Coordinator to gain SACE credits. See the following for more information Surf Life Saving and SACE.pdf


Board Training

The Hot Weather Policy has been invoked and Board training has been cancelled this Friday 19th January.

Please ensure that your child’s contact details (mobile and E-mail) in the Surf Life Saving SA Members Portal are up to date as this is how we confirm changes.


Nippers Training – Will go ahead as usual, however if the forecast changes more information will be released.


Post Training BBQ – U13’s

BBQ after training this week to be run by the U13’s, with volunteers required as usual.


Swim Training

Reminder that on Wednesday nights there is a weekly Nipper Swim Training session at Largs Bay Swim Center. This session is specifically for Nippers to increase their confidence and stamina for their ocean swims. It is available for U8’s to U13’s that are already competent swimmers. It is not a learn to swim class.

Training Starts at 7pm till 8pm, Cost is $4


Nipperthon 2018 – 28th January


West Beach is running its yearly Nipperthon on Sunday 28th January from 9am. Nipperthon is an Ironman style event open to Age Groups U’9s – 13’s with separate events for both individuals and teams of 2-3.  Registration is required. More information and to resister use following link. SLSSA Nipperthon ’18


Branch Finale – 3rd February


The branch series carnivals will culminate in a finale on 3rd February at Southport SLSC.  This Carnival will see the Branches compete against each other.  That’s right, we’ll be on the same side as Grange, West Beach, Henly, and North Haven.  Competitors from each Branch will be issued with a Branch Cap to compete in and to identify the different teams.

Please let your Age Group Manager know this weekend if you want to nominate.  You ae required to have competed in a State Carnival this season (Pt Noarlunga or Glenelg) as well as one of the two branch carnivals to be eligible. Unfortunately, this Finale is restricted to the U9 to U14 Age Groups. Training will continue as usual at Semaphore on this day for U7’s and U8’s.

The proposed schedule for this carnival is:

More information to follow


Junior Carnival 3 – Normanville – 11th February

Our 3rd Junior Carnival for 2018 is located at Normanville on 11th of February. The preliminary event schedule has been released and is provided below for your information.  Please let your Age Group Manager if you will be available to compete at this Carnival.  More information will be provided as it becomes available

As many families choose to stay at or around Normanville for the weekend, training on Saturday 10th February for U8’s to U13’s will be at Normanville SLSC. Time TBC.


Upcoming Notable Dates

28 Jan         –        SLSSA Nipperthon – West Beach

3 Feb           –        Branch Carnival Finale – Southport

10 Feb        –        U8 – U13 Junior Training – Normanville

11 Feb        –        Junior Carnival – Normanville

24 Feb         –        Junior Qualifying – Grange

10/11 Mar           –    Junior State Championships – Glenelg

TBC            –        Junior Presentation Day


See you on the beach!!


Junior Weekly Report

Message from Junior Convenor Bruce Moseley:

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Semaphore Nippers and their parents a Merry Christmas and safe New Year, as well as send a special thank you to all the Age Managers and Assistants for their hard work in the first half of this season.  We couldn’t do this without you!!”


There are a number of things to note this week:


Board training

Friday night Board Training will take place as usual.  Meet on the grass at the Club at 5pm.  A minimum of 4 Water Cover volunteers is required for training to go ahead.


Christmas Raffle

ALL Tickets (sold or unsold) must be returned by beginning of training this week.


Christmas Party/Break-up

Celebrations will take place after training this week. As such Nippers will finish at about 2:30pm.  There’ll be a visit from the man in the red suit at 4pm.

***Reminder this will be the last training for 2017.*** 



Junior Carnival 2 – Glenelg this Sunday.

Please advise your Age Group Manager if you are NOT planning to attend.

There have been no further changes to the details communicated via e-mail last week.  Any further changes will be communicated via e-mail as they come to light.

The carnival circular can be found via the following link:

but the event listing has been changed from the original and is shown below.

Post Carnival information – As usual MEALS will be available at the Club from 5:30pm with PRESENTATIONS to commence around 6:30pm.


Training will restart in 2018 on Saturday January 6th usual time and place.  

Come and Try will officially be finished after this week.  Anyone wanting to continue will need to sign up to a full membership. You can do so online using the following link

User documentation is also available on this page to help guide you through the process.


Branch Carnival Number 2.

Another Branch carnival is scheduled for Sunday  January 14th at Henley Beach starting at 9am.  Program is currently being defined and will be communicated soon.


Dates to remember

December 25th 2017     –   Members Only – Xmas drinks on the balcony

January 6th  2018          –   First Training back for 2018

January 14th 2018         –   Next Branch Carnival (Henley Beach)

January 28th 2018         –   Nipperthon 2018 (West Beach)

West Beach Junior Branch Carnival

This Saturday will see the first Junior Branch Carnival held at West Beach.  Following is some information about the running of the day, food options and an attachment showing the proposed program and site map.  Members are expected on the beach no later than 1pm for our usual catch-up.  Come and Try participants have the week off so we’ll see you in Semaphore next week.
  • It’s proposed that there are 1-2 people (AGMs etc) in charge of each station to coordinate the events conducted there & keep the group moving through efficiently with the assistance of other AGMs who will move from station to station with the age group.
  • Water safety personnel will be in each of the 4 water areas.  It would be fantastic to have some of our own water cover volunteers on hand to help out.
  • Team events will involve mixed club teams to promote branch integration.
  • No results will be recorded on the day as participation will be the focus to ensure everyone has a go.
  • WBSLSC will set the beach up so Semaphore SLSC will just need to bring trailers and park as per site map immediately north of club on dirt patch.  We’ve been asked to bring a couple of rescue boards for water cover folk. WBSLSC will provide IRBs including drivers/crew.
  • Food options for the day include a Sausage Sizzle from 3:15pm – includes a $5 meal deal – sausage in bread + juice box + small donut.  This will be located on the grassed area just to the north of the club.  There will also be lollies and popcorn available for sale.  The Surf Club Cafe will also be open all afternoon and evening for tea, coffee, drinks, chips/wedges, dip platters, ice creams and meals from 5:30pm (best to book at table if staying for dinner 8353 8503)
Click here for proposed program and site map.

Junior Weekly Newsletter

There’s a lot happening at the moment.  Further posts with more specific details will follow this newsletter.

A reminder there is a Branch Carnival this Saturday at West Beach Surf Life Saving Club for all Club Members.  Come and Try members have the week off and we will see you back at Semaphore next week.  Please be on the beach no later than 1pm for our normal Club catch up.

The second Junior Carnival on December 17th has been moved from Christies Beach to Glenelg.

Don’t forget the Semaphore SLSC Junior disco is on December 2nd.  Be sure to pop this date on your social calender.

Board training is on this Friday but for it to go ahead we still need 4 x water cover volunteers.  Meet on the grass at 5pm and sign in with Steph.

Junior Christmas raffle tickets will be handed out this Saturday.  The raffle will be drawn at the Club Christmas break-up on December 16th.

See you on the beach!


Coach Development Academy Applications are now open

Surf Life Saving SA has identified Coach Development as a key priority for the 2017/18 season and it’s excited to announce the new SLSSA Coaching Development Academy.

Follow the link below for more details.

Surf Life Saving SA Coach Development Academy


Junior Board and Swimming training

Board training is back Friday so please be at the club at 5pm for a 5:15pm start.  This week we will be training out the front of the Club.  Please note to take part in this training the junior member must be proficient.  If they achieved proficiency last year this carries over until the beginning of December and they are ok to train.  All new Club members, as well as Under 8 and 9’s that haven’t passed their proficiency swim this season must wait for this to occur before joining in on a Friday night.  This is to ensure the Club provides the safest possible environment for our children.

Meantime swimming training on a Wednesday night at the Largs Bay Swim Centre will begin soon.  Again, junior members must be proficient to attend this training.  It is in no way a swimming lesson, rather an opportunity for junior members to train in preparation for Carnival competition.  If your child requires lessons this should be done through a local swim school.

A date for the commencement of junior swimming training will be announced very soon.



Nippers hit the beach!

We’ve had a wonderful start to the Nippers season for 2017/2018.  Semaphore turned on the weather with our youngsters enjoying a full program of activities.  It’s such a wonderful thing to see the children of the community involved in such a healthy lifestyle.  A great environment for the entire family.

Plenty of opportunities to participate in a Come and Try day before the end of December.  You can purchase 3 “Come and Try” sessions for $15.  These sessions can be used on any Saturday training afternoon up until December 31.

Training begins with a get together in age groups next to the Club at 12:45pm with beach activities between 1-3pm.


Proficiency Dates

Here are the remaining dates for ARTC, SRC & Bronze proficiencies and those wishing to complete an ATV assessment (need to complete ATV operator workbook & bring drivers license to be sighted):

Saturday 14 October -Loydy Patrol

Sunday 15 October – Freaky Patrol

Saturday 21 October – Jones Patrol

Sunday 26 October– Tidwell Patrol

Saturday 2 December – Brooksy Patrol

Sunday 10 December – Simsy Patrol

Saturday 23 December – Wickman Patrol


The first proficiency of the year support the Ducky Patrol to get 5 members dryly proficient. Please can ATV drivers please ensure that their license is on their member details on the online portal and that they bring their license on patrol to be sighted. Those still needing to complete the ATV course please complete the workbook. The ATV Training Guide is in the portal library so go to this link then click library go down to Lifesaving Learning Guides then you want to open ATV Operator Certificate Learning guide.


Online proficiencies for 2017-18 Season are here at  (please use Chrome or Google to access this even when using devices as Safari results in the course not being logged as completed.)

Once logged in (any issues with logging in call 1300 724 006) go to courses at the top of the page – this takes you to SLSA E-Learning – press login. Once in, press Training Library and pick Skill maintenance. Pick 2017/18 courses.

SRC to do Resuscitation & Radio

Bronze Resuscitation and radios

IRB crew and drivers to do the powercraft