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!!


Opportunity to join Senior Surf Sport Panel

Interested in becoming part of the Surf Life Saving Senior Surf Sport Panel? Click on the link below to check out the details.

Senior Surf Sport Panel member

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.


IRB Crew Course coming up

New IRB Crew course commencing on Saturday 13 January 2018 with training on Saturday 3 February and Saturday 3 March.

If you are a Bronze Medallion Holder, completed your proficiency and interested come down and join in.  You will be expected to attend in your Patrol Uniform so you can help those on patrol who also wish to undertake the course.  You will sign on for the patrol.

Training will commence at 3pm following the nippers training to allow for parents undertaking course too.  If interested please email Jennie on  instructor@semaphoreslsc.org.au and complete the online workbook at:  : https://portal.sls.com.au (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 SLS Lifesaving then pick SLS- IRB crew



Final Proficiency Opportunity at Semaphore Sunday 14 January 2018

Surf Life Saving South Australia has approved the use of our proficient trainers and Non-proficient Assessors to run a final proficiency at Semaphore during our training Patrol on Sunday 14 January.  Please come with your patrol uniform so that you can sign on and help cover the trainers and assessors running these by patrolling the beach as this patrol has a minimum number of adults whom are all trainers.

A Run Swim Run and Rescues has been booked in for 11:30am. Those attending will be expected to support the setting up of the course and the patrol. An opportunity to complete your Dry proficiencies and ATV assessment will also be offered at this time so if you have completed your ATV workbook and bring your licence this can be done on the day.  Please note that there is also training of a new Bronze group and  pre-assessment of a Bronze Group with their assessment pending on 21 January 2018 so please come along expecting to help out with patrol

A further Run Swim Run and rescues will then be ran at 3pm and those attending this would be expected to help clear away all equipment from proficiencies ensuring that it is washed and put away. We hope to be able to provide further ATV assessment from 3:30pm should people need it and Jennie not be called out with work but this is not able to be confirmed until the day at 3pm.

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

Closing Down Party sure to go off with a bang!

Get along to our Closing Down Party Sunday 4th February.  Legendary local band Deep Throat will be entertaining us as we prepare for an exciting new refurbishment of the Club ready for the new season.

$10 a head & Drink Specials as the Club.

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!