Recruiting for 2019/20 Nipper Season

The 2019/20 Surf Season is fast approaching with junior training planned to kick off on Saturday 12th October 2019.  As such we are looking for people to continue to be engaged, or become involved, in our Nipper program to assist in making this a successful season. If you have a child involved in the program then it’s a way to get actively involved. If you are a member that is no longer involved in Nippers you are still very welcome to re-engage with the Nipper Program where your skills and experience would be welcomed and greatly appreciated. 

There are both official and non-official positions to be filled for all age groups.  It is important to understand that all positions are being declared open so that any one of our many Members may nominate.  The positions will be supported and there is also a wealth of resources from Surf Life Saving SA that can be made available to assist any new Age Group Managers with the role. You need no previous Surf Life Saving experience. 

In addition we are requesting all members to consider taking on specialist coaching roles which would see them work with all the competition age groups (Under 8 to Under 13) intermittently during the season.  We are happy to discuss your involvement and work around your schedules.  We feel that you could make a huge impact in building our programme and improve our Nippers skills both for training, competition and as the next generation of Patrolling Members.

Open Roles

Age Group Managers
And Assistants
Specialist CoachesOther Roles
Under 7SwimJnr Pool Co-ordinator
Under 8BoardMedia – Photography
Under 9FlagsCompetition Officials
Under 10SprintsChild Protection Officers
Under 11WadingAssist Jnr Surf Secretary
Under 12
Under 13

If you would like to nominate for a role then please do so by e-mail to by 5pm Friday 16th August

The more participation from parents and club members we get, enhances the experience of our nippers. 

PLEASE NOTE :  We will be having a meeting to discuss the 2019/20 Season on Tuesday 20th August at Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club so if you are nominating please keep the date free.

Fundraising news

The club has some fantastic fundraising activities coming up. There’s the Quiz night Nov 2nd, the Semaphore St Fair Nov 24th and the Xmas Stocking Raffle.

We need your help to make these events a success. We are asking for any donations to fill the silent auction table at the Quiz night, stuff the stocking, and general prizes for upcoming Club events.

So, if you are a local business that could donate time, a bottle or two of wine (always popular with our punters), a wheel barrow or even a hair cut, we would greatly appreciate it.

Some examples of things donated in the past:

  • 2 night stay at Carrickalinga
  • Hair cuts
  • Rounds of golf
  • Bottles of Wine
  • Sky Diving
  • Tradesmen Hours, electrician and plumber
  • Yoga/Pilates Classes
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clothing
  • Meal Vouchers
  • Coffee and Cake

If you would like to donate please contact Carmel Kenny on 0402 241 841 or email

11th Semaphore SLSC President elected

Former Club Captain Paul Breden has taken on the role of Club President at Semaphore SLSC, describing the election to the position as an honour and a privilege. He was formally announced as the Club’s new leader at the AGM on Sunday by outgoing President Mick Kenny.

Raelene Donnell continues as Vice President, while former Communications Officer Kate Newman is the new Secretary, Brad Clee the Treasurer and Andrew Edwards has stepped up to become Club Captain.

Heather Eckert continues as Chief Instructor, Craig Andrews is the new Senior Sports Officer and Ian Biggs remains the Junior Sports Officer. Alli Bampton continues in her role as Buildings and Facilities Officer, while Mick Jarvis has taken on Corporate and Community Relations Officer.

Other Club Officers announced:

  • Club Vice Captain – Damien Puyenbroek
  • Membership Registrar – Steph Breden
  • Asset Control Officer – Heather Eckert
  • IRB Coordinator – Mick Jarvis
  • Boat Coordinator – Steve Sims
  • Swim Coordinator – Sam Brown
  • Board Coordinator – Sean McKenzie
  • Beach Coordinator – Jeff Bampton
  • Gym Coordinator – Todd Bampton
  • Touring Team Manager – Michelle Richards

There are still a number of Officer positions available and we are encouraging members to consider one of these roles. No experience is necessary, simply a willingness to be a part of a dynamic team that is focused on moving the Club forward. Roles still vacant include:

  • Patron
  • Vice Patron
  • Junior Surf Sports Secretary
  • Senior Surf Sports Secretary
  • Communications and Media Officer
  • Youth Development Officer
  • Apparel Officer
  • Ski Coordinator
  • Canteen Manager
  • Inclusion Officer

If you would like to discuss any of these roles further please email

Meantime one of our former Presidents Neil Bisset was awarded a Life Membership, acknowledgement of his commitment to the Club and Surf Lifesaving SA.

Neil raising funds for the Club

The New Board of Management would like to thank Mick Kenny and the previous Board and Club Officers for their efforts during a time of great change and development.

Board Members are excited about the Club’s future and are committed to moving forward as a Family Club, bringing people together.

Female Youth IRB Crew Course

Semaphore SLSC is set to run a Female Youth IRB Crew Course.

An information session will be held Tuesday August 6th @ 6:30pm in the Club training room (will go for approx. 1 hour)

Participants must be 15 years old and above, be Bronze medal proficient and have their parent/guardian’s permission.

All sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from August 10th, 2019 starting at  8.30am and finishing by noon.

Assessment will take place on September 22nd, 2019.

Participants must attend at least  4 of the sessions.

There are only six positions available in this initial course. Another course will be run in late October.

For more information contact IRB Captain Mick Jarvis on 0403 329 204 or email

Mixed Grill – Get on it!

Success for Semaphore at the State Pool Championships

On Sunday 7th July, Semaphore had two members representing the club at the 2019 State Pool Championships.

Raelene Donnell was on pool deck all day organising medals and collating results in her capacity as an official. Raelene continues to represent the Club well, with her tireless efforts to support competitors. Another champion performance!

Meantime Connor Tunbridge competed in the under 17 age group, pick up a swag of medals along the way! Here are his results:

Gold in the 200m Super Lifesaver 

Bronze  in the 100m Manikin Tow with fins

Bronze in the 200m Obstacle Race

Bronze in the 100m Rescue Medley

Connor also filled in with other clubs in composite relay teams where another bronze medal was collected in a team from South Port.

With good individual results Connor has been rewarded with a place in the South Australian team that will compete in the interstates competition on the Gold Coast in August.

This will be followed up by 2 days competing in the Australian Pool Championships following the interstates competition. A brilliant effort from the youngster!

Have your say about the Club’s future

A reminder that the Semaphore SLSC AGM will be held this Sunday July 28th at 4pm. This is your chance, as a member, to contribute to the Club’s future direction. It’s YOUR Club, be an active part of it.

IRB Camp this weekend

A Reminder that the Semaphore SLSC IRB Camp at Pt Elliot/Middleton is on this Saturday.

Be on the beach at 9am ready to go.