States Day 2 & 3 -CANCELLED

Surf Life Saving South Australia have now advised that Day 2 & 3 of the State Championships scheduled for the following weekends (21st and 22nd March – Juniors and 28th and 29th March – Seniors) has also been cancelled.

More details regarding this update are available on the SSLSA website HERE

Planning is underway for a club event next Saturday 21st March. It is in the early planning stages but please keep the day free. More info to follow.

SLSSA have also advised an update regarding Aussies will be released SLSA later tonight.

States Day 1 – CANCELLED

Surf Life Saving South Australia have advised that Day 1 of the State Championships scheduled for this weekend (14th March – Juniors and 15th March – Seniors) has been cancelled.

More details are available on the SSLSA website HERE

Board training and March Past training will go ahead this evening (13th March). If unwell please do not attend.

Training opportunity

Are you interested in being a Surf Life Saving Training Officer?

Training Officers play a critical role in surf clubs, up-skilling members and putting our patrol members on the beach. A diverse group of trainers is needed to make this happen. We are particularly in need of Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC) trainers.

If you hold a Bronze, IRB or ARTC award you are eligable to undertake the training to become a Training Officer for that particular award.

Surf Life Saving South Australia is offering a 3-day course on the 13th, 20th and 27th June (attendance at all 3 days is compulsory).

If you are interested in attending please contact:

Numbers are limited so get in quick.

Click here for further information and an application form

If you would like to talk to someone at the club about what it is like to be a Training Officer and what is involved, you can talk to Heather Eckert, Mick Kenny or Andrew Spencer (Bronze trainers) or Mick Jarvis or Neil Bisset (Subject matter experts).

Junior report – 13th March

It’s State Championship time!


Junior update this week.

  • Training Timetable
  • Junior State Championships Days 1, 2 & 3
  • Junior State Champs Dinner / Wrap Up
  • Save the Date 4th April – Presentation Day

Training Timetable

Board Training – muster at 4:45pm for a 5:00pm start

March Past Training – Friday 6:15pm – A Team Only

Junior State Champs 14th March & 21st-22nd March

A quick note about how State Championships work before we get into the detail of the events.

At State Championships medals will be awarded to those who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in any event (team and individual). Points will also awarded to the club for anyone who places in the top six of any event (team and individual). Points accumulated over the three days go towards the club competition, with the winning club announced at the end of States. So whether you are competing as an individual or as part of a team, you are also helping accumulate points for the club. Above all, remember to try your best, support each other and have fun!

Day 1, 2 & 3 of Junior State Championships are scheduled over two consecutive weekends. Day 1 will be on 14th March and Day 2 & 3 on the following weekend (21st & 22nd March).

Nominations for all three days are closed

** No Late Entries can be Accepted**

The detailed schedule of events for Day 1 is below. Detailed schedules for Days 2 & 3 will be available in next week’s newsletter.

DAY 1 – Saturday 14th March ~ Port Noarlunga SLSC

Events held on Day 1 are either staged as a qualifying competition for Days 2 and 3, and others are competed to medals (see the schedule below for details). Please note that this program is subject to weather and beach conditions on the day. The order of some events may change and as such competitors should be on the beach ready to compete from the start of the day in case their event is held earlier than expected.

All Semaphore competitors are asked to be on the beach from 7am. There will be a-lot of set up required and many hands make light work. There will also be a group warm up for all kids which is a great way to start and day and get rid of any of nerves.

Please note that it is common for Day 1 to run overtime as there is more of a focus on marshalling and recording results than other carnivals. It is hoped that the RFID bracelets issued earlier in the year will reduce the burden in these areas, however you should be prepared just in case.

DAY 2 – Saturday 21st March ~ Seacliff SLSC

Day 2 is largely made up of individual events with the exception of March Past and the Junior All Age Taplin Relay.

The Junior Taplin Relay is made up of a competitor (any gender) from each age group. The relay starts with U8 and U9 competitors completing wade legs, followed by U10 and U11 completing a board leg and finally U12 and U13 completing swim legs.

Age group leaders will talk to those who have been nominated to participate in the Junior All Age Taplin Replay.

EventAge GroupsTypeDetails
March Past1st event of day
Junior All Age
Taplin Relay
To medals Last event of day
U8/9 Wade – U10/11 Board –
U12/13 Swim.
Beach SprintAllTo medalsThose qualified from day 1
Beach FlagsAllTo medalsThose qualified from day 1
SwimAllTo medals
BoardAllTo medals
IronpersonU11, U12
& U13
To medalsThose qualified from day 1

DAY 3 – Saturday 22nd March ~ Seacliff SLSC

Day 3 is made up primarily of team events, the highlight being the Junior All Age Beach Relays.

Each club enters a male and female Junior All Age Beach Relay teams, made up of a competitor from each age group.

Age group leaders will talk to those who have been nominated to participate in the male or female Junior All Age Relay.

EventAge GroupsTypeDetails
All Age
Beach Relay
To medals 1st event of day
1 team per club per gender.
Beach RelayAllTo medals
Surf TeamsU9 – U13To medals
SwimAllTo medals
Cameron AllTo medals
Board RelayU9 to U13To medalsU9 & U10 those qualified
from day 1
Wade RelayU8 – U10To medals

Junior State Champs Dinner / Wrap Up – 22nd March

Once the competition wraps up on the beach why not head back to the Club for a meal and wrap-up of Junior State Champs.

Simple meals are available Sunday night at the Club from 5:30pm with a member discount.

Don’t Miss It!!!

Nipper Breakup / Presentation Day – 4th April

Join us to celebrate and wrap up this year’s season at Presentation Day.

Presentations include junior participation medals; coaches awards; and male and female age group runners up and champions for 2019/20. The male and female SLSSA Nipper of the year nominees will also be announced.

Draft Schedule Includes:

  • 12:00pm – Lunch (Gourmet BBQ or other TBA)
  • 12:45pm – Presentations Start
  • 2:30pm – Traditional Shaving Cream / Whipped Cream Fight

“Ambrose” golf afternoon

We are having an “Ambrose” golf afternoon at the West Lakes Golf Club on Friday 1st May, teeing off at approx. 12.30pm.

The cost per person will be $50 which includes a round of golf and hire of a golf buggie.

We will be looking at having 6 groups of 4 Teams, so first in best dressed.

Please let Neil B (Bizz) know by text on 0417 478 512 if you are interested and able to commit to this great day out.

This week’s opening hours

2020 Masters State Championships

Missing from photo: Paul (Johnno) Johnston and Nick Penny

Last weekend saw our Masters compete at Christies Beach in the 2020 Masters State Championships with some great results. Well done!

SATURDAY competitors:

Craig Andrews
Sean McKenzie
Todd Bampton
Nick Penny

2km Run
Craig Andrews – silver

Craig Andrews – silver
Sean McKenzie – gold
Todd Bampton – heats

Craig Andrews – silver
Sean McKenzie – silver
Todd Bampton – 5th

Sean McKenzie – bronze
Todd Bampton – silver
Nick Penny – 6th

SUNDAY competitors:
Sean McKenzie
Todd Bampton
Trent Bampton
Nick PennyC
raig Andrews
Paul (Johnno) Johnston
Brad Tunbridge

Double Ski
Sean & Nick 7th

Single Ski
Sean 5th

Ski Relay 2 Teams
Team 1 Sean, Johnno & Nick 7th
Team 2 Trent, Craig & Todd 9th

Taplin 2 Teams
Team 1 Nick-ski, Sean-board, Brad-swim 8th
Team 2 Johnno-ski, Todd-board, Trent-swim 7th

Board Relay
Sean, Todd, Craig 6th

Swim Team
Trent, Todd & Brad result TBA

Individual Swim
Sean – silver
Trent – 7th
Todd – bronze

Individual Boards
Sean – 4th
Todd – bronze
Craig – 11th

This was an excellent weekend. To compete with and watch these great competitors from Semaphore was such a great and inspiring experience. The camaraderie between all competitors on the beach the whole weekend was amazing to be a part of.What a great sport to be involved in.


Semaphore welcomes the FOSSLS

It was with great pride that Semaphore SLSC hosted a lunch this week for the FOSSLS (Former Old Semaphore Surf Lifesavers) Group. 

The group meet every three months and this time recognised nine members who celebrated their 60th anniversary of attaining their Bronze Medallions.

FOSSLS members travelled from far and wide to shared memories, tall stories and some amazing old photos and memorabilia.  They were very impressed with the club and enjoyed a tour of our Rescue Ready Facility from Wanga Robbins and were amazed at how far patrol equipment and techniques have come over the years.

Congratulations to our new Bronze and SRC graduates

Congratulations to all those who have received their Bronze Medallion and Surf Resuscitation Certificate (SRC) qualifications over the last month.

These graduates will significantly strengthen our numbers for both patrols and water cover in the future. It was also wonderful to see so many Nipper parents making this commitment which will provide invaluable assistance for training and carnivals.

There are still a few who have completed their training but are awaiting their assessments, so good luck to them too!

We must also recognise and thank our training team headed up by Heather, with Spence and Mick Kenny. Without their work we don’t get on the beach full stop.

Last Clubby Standing – this Sunday!

3-5 pm, Sunday 8th March

Last chance for tickets for Last Clubby Standing.

Tickets MUST be purchased prior to the event. Available this Thursday, Friday and Saturday over the bar.

Mick will be on the door from 2pm this Sunday for those who cannot get to the club beforehand.

Ticket sales finish at 2.45pm Sunday.

Drink Responsibly.