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!!


New Volunteer Opportunity: Safeguarding Officers

Surf Life Saving SA have requested that each club has a minimum of 2 Safeguarding Officers per club Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club takes the protection of our members very seriously and want to ensure that we have a range of people across all areas that our young people aged under 18 are involved in.  The Safeguarding Officer Role replaces the Nipper Safe Officer Role taking into account that legislation covers everyone under the age of 18.  Those in the Role will be identified to members on our website, have their photo up in the club so they can be identified by new members and will deal with complaints raised by members regarding any issues around safety of children as well as being involved in supporting development of policies to keep the children and young people safe.


Safeguarding Officers are required to be aged 18 or over and have or be willing to undertake:

  • Department of Social Inclusion Children’s Clearance
  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect Certificate or Child Safe Environments Course
  • Surf Life Saving Safeguarding Children Training Program – Next Training offered on Wednesday 17 January 2018


Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club would like to have a male and female identified within the Juniors Training, Seniors Training, Patrols and within the Awards Training Team.  At this time Jennie Charlton and Sean McKenzie have been identified as the Board of Management Safeguarding Officers at this stage and will support any members in undertaking this role. Please contact Jennie on instructor@semaphoreslsc.com.au if you would like to know more about this role or would like to nominate yourself by Monday 15 January 2018 so we can book you into course.


Junior Weekly Report

Board Training

Continues as usual this Friday from 5pm.  Meet on the grass from 4:45pm.  Water cover volunteers required.


Nippers Training – Back to normal time this week 12:45pm for 1pm Start.


Post Training BBQ – U12’s

BBQ after training this week to be run by the U12’s, with volunteers required as usual.


Branch Carnival – 14th January

The next branch carnival is this Sunday (14th January) at Henley Beach SLSC.  Sign on from 8:30am, with events starting at 9am with an expected finish time of 11am. The proposed event schedule for all age groups is as follows.



We will require 4 Water Cover volunteers 3 on Boards and 1 with a tube on the day.  If you can help in this regard please text Ian Biggs on 0430 572 982.

Bacon and Egg Sandwiches will be available from the BBQ and the HSLSC Ocean view Restaurant will be open for breakfast from 8am -11:30, and Lunch from 12pm

Please Note: To be eligible to compete at the Brach Carnival Finale on 3rd Feb at Southport each nipper must have competed at a minimum of 1 Branch Carnival and 1 State Carnival.


Swim Training

Nipper Swim Training at Largs Pool will recommence for 2018 on 17th January 2018.

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


5 Person RnR Training




The RnR State Carnival is tentatively scheduled for 17th Feb 2018 (tbc) at Grange Surf Lifesaving Club. Any U13 or U12 Nippers interested in training in 5 person RnR in order to compete need to contact Steph Breden via email  stephpaul@adam.com.au for further details. This will be the last call for interested parties.

Please Note:  Given the time frame it will be imperative that a commitment be made to attend all scheduled training sessions between now and the carnival.



Nipperthon 2018

West Beach are running their 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 is available via the following link: SLSSA Nipperthon ’18


Upcoming Notable Dates

17 Jan         –        Swim Training Resumes

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

2018 Semaphore SLSC Calendar on sale

The 2018 Semaphore Surf Life Saving Calendar is still available over the bar or via the uniform shop.

Reduced Price of $12

Youth Development Update

Hi All,

After thought and consideration as of the first Saturday in 2018, youth development trainings will now be shortened to 1 hour and will begin at 10 AM and conclude at 11 AM.  From 11am to 12pm there will be Board rescue session for those interested, whilst we are looking at also getting some boats and IRBS’s down for those who would also like to try that for an hour.

The U13’s will be joining us as they begin to transition into the group for the following season. I look forward to setting new record numbers!

For those who do iron person training in the morning with Sean, Jacko Mahney will take a gym session from 10-11am to add another element of training whilst giving a better chance to warm up and recover. Those who are unable to attend iron training or not quite confident enough will be on the beach with myself.

Look forward to seeing you all out there.


Junior Weekly Report

Happy New New Year to all, it’s time to get back on the beach for some surf fun!


Board Training 

Board Training will be on this Friday night.  Meet on the grass next to the Club at 5pm for a 5:15pm start.


Nippers Training 

Nippers Training resumes on Saturday 6th January at this stage at the normal time of 12:45pm.  However if the weather is as hot as forecast Nippers will start earlier with a modified program. Should the forecasted temperature in Saturday’s Advertiser be 38 degrees or over then training will start at 11am.  This will also be confirmed via E-mail and SMS on Friday Night/Saturday morning so keep an eye out.


Post Training BBQ

With the canteen now closed until next season, a BBQ will be will be available post training, with Under 11s the first Age Group to assist with cooking and service.


Branch Carnival Sunday 14th January

The next branch carnival is next Sunday 14th January ant Henley Beach SLSC.  Sign on from 8:30am, events start at 9am with an expected finish time of 11am.  Click the link below for details.

Branch Carnival 2 Event  Schedule


Branch Carnival Finale 

The branch carnivals held this season will culminate in a finale scheduled for February 3rd at Southport SLSC. At this finale, a whole branch will be considered as one team. For us that means the Western Branch with our teammates being Henley Beach, West Beach, Grange, and North Haven. All branch members that have attended 1 Branch Event as well as 1 State Carnival will be eligible to participate. The new format will focus on a new Branch versus Branch format creating a competitive environment for all branch members. (inclusive not exclusive)


Date – Saturday 3rd Feb

Time – 7.30am Marshalling / 12.30 Presentation

Cost – Fee Event ( Branch Caps will be provided for each event )

Venue – Southport SC

Branches – Western vs Holdfast vs Midcoast/Southern

Ages – Under 9 to Under 14

Events – 7 Events (each competitor can be selected for a maximum of 4 events)


Click on the link below for further details:

Branch Finale Information


One last thing – welcome back for the second half of the season and remember please be surf and sun smart.

See you on the beach!


Under 13’s prepare for transition into Youth group

As of the first training back on January 6th, U13s are asked to train at 10am on Saturdays with the youth development group until the end of the season.

This will assist with their transition into the youth group.


Luke Zille

Juniors Weekly report

Congratulations to all of our juniors that competed in Carnival 2 at Glenelg on Sunday.  It was a fantastic effort across the board.  The Club is very proud of you!


Wednesday night swimming training

Junior Swimming Training will run as per normal this Wednesday at Largs Bay Swim Centre 7pm-8pm.


Christmas Raffle Winners

The Christmas Raffle was draw at the Club during the Junior Christmas Breakup, and we are searching for the winners of the major prizes:

1st Prize

Winner – Costal Skydive – Sky Diving experience                                          Red Ticket E06

Ticket was sold over the bar but no name included on the ticket


2nd Prize

Winner – Family Pass to Monarto Zoo and Adelaide Zoo (BCI Sales SA)      Red Ticket E07

Ticket was sold over the bar but no name included on the ticket

(YES, we couldn’t believe it either)


3rd Prize

Winner – 12 Bottles of Mixed Wine                                                               Pink Ticket W48

Congratulations Jason Ellul


4th Prize

Winner – Beerenburg Gift Basket                                                               Apricot Ticket O09

Congratulations Anna Vickery


5th Prize

Hair by Jo Sym-Choon Voucher $80                                                           Orange Ticket O26

Congratulations P Barnes


1st and 2nd winners will need to provide their ticket stub in order to claim the prizes


A Big THANK YOU to our Canteen Staff

The Board of Management would like to extend a well-earned Thank You to our Canteen Staff who have volunteered their time to ensure our Nippers had access to great food, snacks and beverages prior to and after training on Saturdays. There will be more than a few kids and adults that will miss their weekly pre-training Toastie or Nugget Roll and post-training Nachos, Hot Dog, or Hot Chips, I think I even saw a Chiko Roll the other day!!

Thank You Lauren, Catherine and Heather, your efforts have been very much appreciated.

Please Note that the canteen will now be closed until after the club refurbishment.


Junior Christmas Breakup

Hope everyone enjoyed our Junior Christmas Breakup.  You should have received an e-mail regarding access to the photos taken with Santa on the day.  If not you can access a PDF of them here https://drive.google.com/open?id=11lDRfaHwrYTI3nR9LLk5z7SoLfcmmskL . If you would like full sized copies text Steph Breden on 0429 046 362 with your e-mail address, and the PDF page number(s) of the photo(s) required.


JUNIOR PARENTS – Want to get involved with your kids training?

Your kids love Nippers and we want you to get more involved in their experience. The best part is you add to your own.  Surf Life Saving is a rewarding experience for everyone, not just the kids!!  There are lots of different things that you can do and you don’t need to have come from a Surf Lifesaving background.  We have many parents who have gone on to become Patrol members, giving them the opportunity to provide Water Cover while their children are training.

After the Christmas / New Year break we will be seeking your involvement, either at training, or becoming more involved through roles such as event officials (it’s easier than you think), or patrolling members.

Please see your Age Group Manager, Junior Convener, or Junior Surf Secretary for more information or email – juniors@semaphoreslsc.com.au


Nippers returns on January 6th.  Enjoy the break and see you on the beach soon!

Seacliff SPR results

Congratulations to our competitiors that took part in the Seacliff SPR on the weekend. We had some great results across the board. We started the day off with Zac Buck winning the open 5km run.

In the water we had competitors competing in different categories, sorry if we missed anyone, with no clubs next to names it was hard to find our competitors at times.

U11-U13 SPR (500m Swim, 1km board paddle, 1km run)

Amy Buck 9th

Lilija Zampatti 10th

Jackson Clee 20th

U14-U15 SPR (1km swim, 2km board, 2km run)

Tegan Richards 3rd

Ella Andrews 4th

Cooper Clee 14th

Naish Allen 15th



Some great results with some fast times from everyone!


Club Raffle

Don’t forget to return your sold or unsold tickets at the beginning of junior training this week.