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Announcing the new Semaphore SLSC logo

We are proud to launch our new club brand and announce our new Semaphore SLSC logo. On behalf of the BOM, I would like to thank everyone for providing feedback of what they wanted to see reflected in the new brand / logo, taking into account our club history, previous used logos & fonts ,review of over 50 other surf club & sporting club logos, the various areas of the club Juniors, Seniors & Boaties, reviewing the 60th anniversary book & significant help from Dave (from Isshoni Creative our creative designer we can be proud of being part of creating new history.
Once again thank you everyone for your input.
Heather Sibley

Boatie Meeting Wrap Up

Below is a wrap up of what was discussed at the Boatie Meeting held last week for all those who were unable to attend but are interested in possibly becoming a Boatie.



Gym Ergo training:

– 19-23s : Monday & Wednesday 5pm. Contact Marty Davidson at

– Ladies: Wednesday 5:30pm. Contact Marty Davidson

– WACKO: Tuesdays


“Early Sunday Morning” Down South Training Planned – stay tuned for details


Boat Clean Up and Sausage Sizzle:

Sunday the 17th of August at 10am. Please come down and give us a hand to get things ready for the season ahead.


Sweeps Rowers Course:

23rd and 24th of August, held at Southport SLSC. Anyone who is interested please contact Steve Sims. Remember we need more sweeps!


Sweep Accreditation:

All sweeps are required to complete Level One Coaching Course, please refer to ARSL Website for details.


Robe Carnival:

Competition 29th and 30th of November. Please keep this weekend free. Planning to travel down on Friday the 28th. Accommodation and food etc to be organised by club. Further details to come.


Aussie Titles:

In 2015 we are hoping to put in Open, Under 23 and Under 19 crews. Please let Steve Sims know if you are interested.



The wearing of helmets is compulsory from this season forward. The club will purchase new helmets to ensure all rowers are appropriately protected.



A big thanks to:

Geoffrey Cole – Official Judging

Chris Main – Helping out with Under 19 crew

Lib Robbins – Boaties Secretary


ARSL Membership:

We would love to see all Semaphore rowers become Members of ARSL SA. Cost of membership is $10 per person. Forms to be handed out by Steve Sims over next month or so. Please consider.


Boaties Function:

Pending Approval from BOM we are hoping to host a club function on the 25th of October. Anyone wanting to help with ideas regarding format please contact Lib Robbins 0418849854


Potential Rowers:

If you were unable to attend the meeting held on the 10th of August but are interested in rowing this season please contact Steve Sims on 0438 876 241


We are looking forward to a fun and successful season ahead!

Live Music – Sunday 24 August 2014

Acoustic Duo – ‘Trav and Dave’ will be playing  their laid back music again at the Club on Sunday 24th August from 4pm to 7pm – Come and enjoy the music!

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2014/15 membership payments and renewals now online

You asked for it and it’s finally here! You can now renew your membership and pay online!

No more waiting inline at the club. This year online membership payments and renewals are finally here. You can even pay your competition levy at the same time and get an itemised receipt. For all the details of how to do it, go to the membership page and see the handy how-to video or follow the step by step image guide at the bottom of the membership page.

The process is pretty straight forward but you will need to ensure you input the correct amounts and itemise your inputs manually. Unfortunately this is a limitation of the payment gateway provided to us however there is a handy price list both on the payment screen at and on the membership page.

Early birds before 26/10/14

If you pay before the 26th of October (online or at the club) you will get an early bird discount. Full discount details are available on the membership page and dates and times for membership payments and renewals in person will be published soon.

We really want you to pay online!

We understand that not everyone has a credit card or likes to pay online but paying at the club does result in a lot more manual work. So as a special reward for online payments before the 26/10/2014 you will also receive 10% off at the Bistro. Just bring your online receipt (an email on your phone/iPad or a printed version) in before the end of October 2014 and show the staff when ordering to claim your discount.


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The Hitmen on the 8th August

Don’t miss out on coming to a great night of Aussie classics at the Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club on the 8th starting at 7pm. See more details on the event page.

Boaties for the 2014/15 Season

Boaties meeting Sunday 10 th of August at 11.00 am SHARP meeting is to see who is interested in rowing for season 2014/2015.
Meeting will cover:
1) who is serious
2) when to start training
3) Robe trip 29/11/2014
4) Australian titles ( who wants to compete)
6) New BOAT
This meeting is open to all members of the club interested in rowing boats which by far is the most organised competition for Surf LIfe Saving in SA

Please feel free to call me if you need any information regarding rowing

Steve Sims
0438 876 241

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Communicating to you in 2014

Getting the word out about what’s going on at the club is a big job. We have a lot going on! Just like all the great work that gets done by volunteers around the club it happens through no small effort of the people involved. This year we are trying to take the communications at the club to a new level. We want to build on the great work of the previous years and make sure that we don’t hear the words “I didn’t know that was on” come from anyone. Ambitious I know. To that end I am enlisting the help of all who are willing and able to take ownership of our communications and join me in forming the club communicators group.

At the moment we use a number of channels to get the message out., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mailchimp, Surfcom, SMS and standing on a chair and shouting. Some methods are more effective than others but if you take a channel away you reduce the amplitude of the message you are pushing. We already have a group of people who have been posting to our channels over the last couple of years, this year we want to add to the coordination of that and reduce the barriers for the different sections of the club in getting their message out.

If you have previously been frustrated because “you didn’t know that was on” or if you are interested in being part of this new coordinated communications machine, please come to our SSLSC comms group meeting on Thursday August 7 at 630pm. If you can’t make it but you are keen nonetheless, talk to me, Heather Sibley, Karin Humphrey, Georgia Robbins or Sean McKenzie to find out how you can participate.



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2014 Juniors Age Group Managers and Assistants Needed

As another surf season rapidly approaches it is time to get together and start getting organised for the season ahead. So I would like to invite you and anyone else who you know that expressed interest to Brad in either becoming an age group manager or assistant age group manager or helper to join us in meeting on Wednesday 30th July at the club at 7.30pm to start planning the 2014/15 season.

I have shared with a few people some ideas I have for the season and have asked a number of people if they could lead some additional training sessions during the week on top of board training on a Friday afternoon.

Ideally I would like a session dedicated to beach events, that includes sprints, flags beach relays and wades that would be open to the Under 9’s and upwards.

Another session would be open for Under 11’s and upwards that would concentrate on board rescue and iron person training. These additional sessions will only take place if we can get enough volunteers to assist in co-ordinating the sessions along with ensuring we get enough water cover to make it happen.

Please come prepared to share any thoughts or ideas you have. For those who are really keen carnival dates are already listed on the SLSA website, although venues have not been released at the moment.

I hope you can make the meeting, if you are unable to attend please feel free to give me call.


Pat Larven


2014 Youth Development Camp Wrap Up

Congratulations to Bryana Bisset and Tyson Sarunic who were selected to represent Semaphore at the 2014 ‘Be Active’ SLSSA Youth Development Camp.
This camp was conducted outback in the Flinders Ranges at Edeowie Station (near Wilpena Pound) from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July.
The Senior Surf Sports Committee recognise Bryana and Tyson as future leaders of our club and attendance at this camp will encourage and strengthen their skills in teamwork, leadership and overall personal development.
Well done Bryana and Tyson!
Please keep reading to hear all about the camp from Bryana and Tyson’s perspective. Also, check out the photos of the camp and the amazing Flinders Ranges.

From Bryana: –
I have just returned from a great week at Edeiowe station, near Hawker in The Flinders Ranges on a Youth Development camp through surf life saving.
There was 18 participants from various SA clubs. We all travelled by mini bus on Monday and returned Friday.
Our trip included a range of team bonding exercises, including climbing St Mary’s peak as a team, a Gorge walk through Wilpena pound, cooking meals, scavenger hunt activities, camp fire songs, lessons on Eco surf, fire building and cleaning dishes.
My highlights of the trip were; conquering St Mary’s Peak as it was an amazing view and accidently getting the bus bogged! We pulled together as a team to get it out.
The camp gets many of the participants out of their comfort zones while exploring new surroundings. Having great weather was a bonus as well as receiving Surf rescue jackets.
Overall I highly recommend people to go on the camp as it is an experience of a life time, where memories won’t be forgotten and new friends are made.

From Tyson: –
For the first week of the July school holidays a group of young life savers from various different clubs went on a five day camp in the Flinders Ranges, where we learnt all about teamwork and leadership.
We got to climb the highest peak and there were lots of other activities that got us to grow and bond as a team.
I thought the highlight of the camp was just meeting new people and being able to get through hard physical and mental challenges with each other. The start of the week for some people was a bit awkward as not everyone knew each other and talking on a personal level straight away was tricky. Through the week I think everyone became friends and were able to talk to each other without feeling awkward. We had to be self sufficient for most of the week including cooking and cleaning. Some of the things we got to do were hiking, climbing and team building activities.
I would definitely recommend this camp as l got to learn leadership skills, learn how to cope being out of my comfort zone and be kilometres away from the closest beach with a bunch of people l now consider new friends.
Thank you Semaphore for nominating me!

Senior Surf Camp Round Up

The first senior surf camp of the season was held over the weekend of 4-6th July at Chiton Rocks SLSC. The first camp was less about training and more about team bonding; introducing/further developing relationships between the younger seniors and the older ‘lads’ of our club in order to further ‘bridge the gap’.
We all arrived at different times on Friday (lunchtime, in time for an afternoon surf, later in the evening).
Saturday morning began with the sound of the surf out in front of Chiton rocks. We completed a run around the local surf spots, trying to find a spot that would be suitable for everyone. We ended up back at the surf club with a solid 4ft wave that made life hard even for the older more experienced guys.
After a good feed, world cup fever got a hold of us and a quick 5 a side game of football (soccer for the uneducated) was organised. After about 40 minutes of hectic back and forth we turned our attention back to the surf. A spot a few hundred metres down the beach was found and proved to be much more suitable for the whole group with the majority catching their fair share of waves and dumpings.
Sunday morning started with the surf dying down slightly and Nick and Ben heading back to Christies Beach for IRB state titles. Everyone else packed the cars and moved to Middleton for the last surf. A nice 2-3ft surf proved perfect for the whole group, and saw us spread out across the breaks to get our waves. After a couple of hours of surfing we returned to Chiton Rocks SLSC, cleaned and packed up and headed to Christies to watch the final stages of IRB states. We were lucky enough to see our masters bring home Semaphore’s first IRB state medal!
Overall this turned out to be a great weekend. Everyone got to know each other better, and it gave us a good idea of what to expect for the up and coming season and future camps (we have more planned for later in the year).
Thanks to Nick for organising and everyone for attending.