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 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!


Celebrating Christmas day at the Club

Come and enjoy a celebratory free drink on Christmas Day morning at the Club.

Bar will be open from 9am to 11am for Club members.


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 . 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 –


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

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New Volunteer Opportunity: Safeguarding Officers

Surf Life Saving SA has requested that each club has a minimum of 2 Safeguarding Officers.  Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club takes the protection of its members very seriously and wants to ensure that it has 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 and have their photo up in the club so they can be identified by new members.  They 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

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 and will support any members in undertaking this role. Please contact Jennie on if you would like to know more about this role or would like to nominate yourself by Friday 22 December 2017.