Senior Carnival 1 – October 29th

The first senior carnival of the season is just a couple of weeks away on October 29th at Seacliff beach. Events to be run include:

U14 and U15: Flags, Sprints, Swim, Board and Iron

U17-Open: Flags, Sprints, Swim, Board, Ski, Iron and Taplin

Boats: Open, Reserve, U23 and U19

Entry for these events is covered under your membership so there is no more to pay. If you would like to compete, please let Sean McKenzie or Shannon Harris know as soon as possible as entries close on October 20th.

Surf Boats Meeting

The Semaphore SLSC is having it’s Boaties meeting on Sunday 17th September at 4pm. The meeting is to give everyone some information about rowing this season.

An exciting time for some of our younger members.  This is the first year that Surf Life Saving is allowing members who are 15 years of age to row (in the right conditions), so we are inviting anyone aged 15 right through to Masters (there is a 60+ age group in Masters).

If you are a school rower looking for something different, a parent looking for some fitness while you kids are at Nippers or training, or someone looking for a change of scenery, then surf boat rowing is a great way to get involved with surf life saving in a team environment.  It won’t take you long to pick up the skills with some experienced coaches around the Club.-

For more information on what the top end of surf boat rowing looks like, check out this Youtube Clip

See you at the meeting!

4 members announced in Surf Sport Youth Performance Academy Program

The Surf Sport Youth Performance Academy Program has been developed to help develop and grow youth athletes in SA.

The Academy now primarily focuses on Athletes from the following age categories, Under 14, Under 15 and first year Under 17. The content delivered by both Flinders University and Surf Life Saving SA through this process is tailored to the new age groups and we will be encouraging coaches and to participate in the sessions. Surf Life Saving SA are extremely excited to announce the four coaches/mentors that will deliver the ocean/beach sessions and also assist with forming the final structure of the Academy. These Coaches/mentors have been recognised for their ongoing commitment to Surf Sports in SA.

Head Coach Sean McKenzie – Semaphore SLSC
Under 17 – Connor Tunbridge
Under 14 – Teagan Richards
Under 14 – Ella Andrews
Under 14 – Will Larven

We congratulate all our club members on being selected in to the Academy.

Senior Competition Training

Senior training has begun for the season and we would love to see all our seniors out, whether you are competitive or just training for fitness.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
AM             8am


Club (Location will change weekly)


PM 5pm






West Lakes Canoe Club




Adjacent West Lakes Canoe Club



West Lakes Canoe Club


Board training

Tiranna Drive

(the lake)


Club swimming

Largs Bay Swim Centre $4



  • Please meet at kayaking at 4:30 or as close to as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot make this session any later since we will be working in with the kayaking club. More sessions will be introduced ASAP
  • Sunday training will change often depending on weather and availability.
  • If you require a club board please meet at the club at 4:45pm, if you have a board at home please meet at the location at 5:15 ready for a 5:30pm start. If you can not make it to the club at 4:45 but still want to train, please let Sean McKenzie know (0428953000) and a board can be loaded for you.
  • Please be aware some training’s may be cancelled or postponed due to weather.
  • Everyone will be required to be wearing high visibility tops and lights on their boards
  • The most up to date information about location or cancelling of training’s will be posted in the senior competition Facebook group.

Pool Lifesaving 2017

The South Australian Pool Lifesaving championships are coming up quickly on the 24th and 25th June. Club training for this will begin on Wednesday 14th June at the Largs Bay Swim Centre (time TBA).

Entries for this event close on Wednesday 14th June at 5pm, anyone that is wishing to do this event has to let Kerry know by Tuesday 13th June so she has time to enter and process everyone. Events are run from U12-masters with your age group based off of last seasons age groups.

Cost is $48, which is not part of you competition levy from last season, competitors will be invoiced by the club after entries close.

Pool lifesaving Australian titles are also in Adelaide in early August and we would love to have a team entered, last time the event came to Adelaide we had a lot of success, especially from our youth age groups.

Please see attached circular listing events and more information, please get in contact with Sean McKenzie if you have any questions

Pool Rescue States Nominations


Tickets now available for ASRL SA 2017 Awards Night at Semaphore SLSC

Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club is proud to be hosting the ASRL SA 2017 Awards Night.


Sat 27th May, 2017
Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club
6:30pm for 7:00pm start$45pp (not inclusive of alcohol)
$5 Drink specials
(Beer, Wine, Cider, Champagne)
Gourmet Cocktail Food includedDress to impress:  Cocktail Attire
Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club
Point Malcolm Reserve
Semaphore Park, South Australia 5019

Tickets can be purchased online from Trybooking.


Looking to form R and R teams for 2018 Aussies

Club Vice President Mark Donnell has been officiating at Aussies and he’s inspired!

I am looking for any bronze members that are interested in learning R&R, no previous experience necessary. Looking to coach a 5 person, 6 person and mixed team to compete at Aussies next year. My experience: zero in coaching r&r, officiating at Aussies finals last two years, been around it all my life. Parents welcome, u17 welcome, u19 welcome

Expressions of interest can be sent to Mark via email. 

Seniors Weekly Update

We now have a chance to catch our breath and have a look at the achievements of our competitors over 3 days of State titles. There were many fantastic results with competition starting in Champ Lifesaver. Sean McKenzie won Gold in open men with Nic Schulz getting Silver. Nick also got Gold in the U19 men. Zac Buck got Silver in the U15 men.

On day 1 Luke Zille finished with Silver in the Belt race. The duo of Nic Schulz and Danny Humphrey managed to grab Silver in Board rescue. In R&R our girls showed how it is done with Mykenzie Low and Emma Weir taking Silver and our open 5 person women made up of Ash Reeves, Celeste McGregor, Paige Purdie, Leah Mahney  and April O”toole grabbing hold of the Gold.  Nic Schulz,  Danny Humphrey and Luke Zille got Silver in the U19s men’s Taplin

Day 2 saw Nick Hansen getting his hands on a Silver medal in the in the U14 mens sprint. In the water our U19 mens Surf team of Nic Schulz, Danny Humphrey, Luke Zille and Cooper Lienert  performed strongly to get the Bronze medal. In the U19 mens board race Nic Schulz came across the line in the Bronze position. Nic and Danny teamed up in the double ski to paddle strongly to and grab a Silver medal.

Day 3 saw Sean McKenzie take Bronze in the Over 24 restricted surf race. Luke Zille followed up Seans  efforts with a Bronze in the U19 men’s surf race. Nic Schulz in U19 Iron  and Connor Tunbridge in U15 Iron both exceeded their expectations with phenomenal performances demonstrating that hard work really can pay off both getting Gold.

In the Masters we had some great results from our only 3 woman masters competitors. Katie Newman grabbed Bronze in the beach sprint with Donna Giannetta getting Silver in both Iron and Surf swim. Katie and Donna Teamed up with Tina Williams in the Surf team swim to get Bronze. Our 160 men’s surfboat crew got Silver with 4 state championships completed over 4 years and 4 medals, its a great effort by the boys.

We had many other great performances over the State titles which don’t go unnoticed.

After it was all said and done the masters group came away with 44 points and 12th position. Our Senior group attracted 116 points finishing a credible 8th in the state.

I would like to thank the many who have assisted me over the competition season. Without your help and you know who you are we simply would not be able to get the team to the beach and compete at such a high level. Thank you all.


Craig Lienert, Senior competition officer 2016/17 season.

Senior Wrap Up from Head Coach Sean McKenzie

A big well done to everyone who trained and raced this season, it was a very long one. We had some impressive results with people getting their best results ever. Good luck to Nic Schulz who heads off to race at the Lifesaving Australian Titles on the Gold Coast from the 25th March-2nd April. Nic has a had a huge season which began in October for the Coolangatta Gold, then Interstates in January, lots of medals and top 6 placings at state titles and will finish up next week.

A big thankyou to Julian and everyone at Paddle2Fitness. These guys have put together our training program every single week from June last year all the way up to state titles, this has no doubt helped our competitors get the best results or just be a fitter person than they were. We probably wouldn’t have had the results we got without them. Hopefully we can continue our partnership leading into World Titles in November 2018.


Winter Training updates will come out shortly after our coaches and competitors have a well-earned rest. Senior Swim training will resume on Wednesday 29th March into the earlier time slot of 7-8pm, a big thankyou to Trent and his helpers who continue to train our members.

We will soon be looking at starting training for pool lifesaving championships. These are held at the Marion Swim Centre in June, and we will then push onto the Australian pool lifesaving championships here in Adelaide early August. We had a lot of success last time this event was held in Adelaide and we would love to have a strong team entered again.

Senior State championship and Club championship presentation.

The Senior state championship and Club championship presentation will be held this weekend, with a delicious menu on offer.  Come along and support our Senior members who have had a big year of training and competition.



Meals from  6pm Sunday 12th

March Presentation 7.30


Menu :

Butter chicken

Chicken  $ Beef schnitzel

Butter fish

Chicken/falafel salad

Penna pasta with carbonara sauce





Come and celebrate what was another great season of competition at Semaphore.


All members welcome.