Board training for Female Senior Competition Group



Our Youth development officer Jennifer Hansen has organized ongoing girl’s board training sessions. The main reason for this is to encourage our young women to continue training and to facilitate the transition from juniors into seniors as competitors and active patrolling members.

Paige Purdie has put her hand up to run these sessions and has begun working on the program which will involve more team work and fun orientated sessions instead of “Full On” training.  Any girls with SRC or Bronze are encouraged to come along and join in the fun. If you already know Paige you know it will be fun!

The first session will be on Thursday the 24th November, starting 5.00pm at the club. For more details contact Paige Purdie



Local lads do our Club proud at Coolangatta

The weekend of 15th/16th saw a number of members travel up to the Gold Coast to take on the Iconic Coolangatta Gold, an endurance Iron Man race based off the movie of the same name from 1984. Saturday was the short course race comprising of a 14.1km Ski paddle, 2.1km beach run, 2.5km ocean swim, 6.1km Board Paddle finishing with a 7.1km Beach run and Nic Schulz took the race on as an U19. He executed a great consistent race placing 13th out of the U19s and 17th overall for the day. He was the fastest South Australian to complete the course.

Sunday saw Willis Leirnert complete the Youth Challenge comprising a 500m beach run, 400m swim, 500m Board paddle and finishing with a 500m run. At just 12 years of age Wilis raced a great race against competitors from some of the big clubs from Queensland and was right in the middle of the field. He really enjoyed the experience of racing against some of the best competitors from across the country.

We also had our open team compete in the long course event on Sunday. The team of Laurence Fletcher, Sean McKenzie, Nick Penny and Leigh Pilkington completed the grueling event in a competitive position of 7th place, in conditions that many have said to have been the toughest they have raced in. Laurence completed the 23km ski leg while battling into a strong head wind for 17 of the 23km. Sean had to swim in rough conditions that made it hard to get into a good rhythm, and saw him start to get hypothermia by the end of the 3.5km swim. Nick Penny completed the 6.1km board paddle in a very competitive time while battling winds that were turning more cross shore as the event went on. To finish the race Leigh completed the run after just overcoming a knee injury weeks before the race, and wasn’t sure if it would cause him difficulties while racing.

Well done to all of our local representatives.  You’ve done Semaphore proud!

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Surf Sports Series

Surf Sports Series 1 is on this Saturday. This series is a bunch of Board and Ski races which will be followed by the beach series. Please let Kerry Schulz ( know by Tuesday 2pm if you plan on racing. We will load the trailer on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 to head to Seacliff for 2:30pm Marshalling. If you are only interested in the beach series bring yourself along for 4:30 Mashalling.

This is open to all seniors, U14s up. Water cover will be needed for anyone who does not have their SRC yet. First year U17s who do not have their Bronze yet can also race. cost is $5 which will be invoiced to you on completion of the series.

This Sunday is also the next Ocean Race for U17s up. please let Sean McKenzie know if you would like to race. Short and long courses available for both Board and Ski. Short course 7km approx and long course 15-18km.

Tuesday Training + Chiton Camp info

Tuesday Night Board Training

Please be aware that Tuesday night board training has now switched to 5:30pm on water at the lake. Someone will be at the club at 5:05pm to open the club and will be leaving for the lake at 5:15pm. The trailer will not be getting towed, nor will the person be able to fit people with them so please ensure you have a car with roof racks sorted. The training program has been posted in the Senior Competition Facebook page, so if you need to get on the water earlier and am competent, you can train earlier by yourself. Sean will be arriving almost on 5:30pm at the lake, so please be ready to hit the water so we can get as much done before it gets too dark.

Chiton Camp

If everyone could please start getting to the club as soon as they can on Friday, around 4:30pm would be good. We can load the trailer and get on our way. Dinner has been booked at Pt Elliot Pub at 7pm, but if we get there later, we get there later.
It does look like we will be having some good weather and maybe some good surf as well. Surfboards are allowed for those that surf, but training will come first. From memory the 8ball table is incomplete so if anyone has a full set and some cues at home could they please bring them so the table can be used properly.
Do not forget bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, and anything else you might like to sleep in), if people have gopro’s bring them along, footballs, soccerballs, etc are also encouraged. Do not forget your running shoes and running gear! And I hope I don’t need to mention High Vis anymore but there it is just in case.
AGM is at 3pm on Sunday afternoon so we will all be back for that, I really encourage that everyone who has voting rights stays because as much as things might get boring, some important information may come up that you need to vote on, or a position may be contested and if you’re not there then you can not complain if the person you prefer does not get in.

Pool Rescue State Championships Wrap-Up

This season’s Pool Rescue State Championships were held on the weekend of the 16th and 17th July at the SA Aquatic Centre at Marion.
Semaphore had one of its largest groups of competitors ever (16 in total) and as a result we finished 4th on the overall leader board. Although we are still waiting for the official results/points to come through from SLSSA this is definitely a very impressive result!
Outstanding efforts by all that attended with a massive medal tally of 27 comprising of 8 Gold, 14 Silver and 5 Bronze!!
Medals included:
– U12 Female 100m Obstacle – Ella Andrews – SILVER
– U12 Male 100m Obstacle – Will Larven – SILVER
– U17 Female 200m Obstacle – Bianca Williams – SILVER
– U17 Male 200m Obstacle – Danny Humphrey – BRONZE
– U17/19 50m Obstacle Relay – Danny Humphrey/Cooper Lienert/Nic Schulz/Bianca Williams – GOLD
– Open 50m Obstacle Relay – Trent Bampton/Kyle Thomas/Rhys Krauter/Sean McKenzie – SILVER
Danny Humphrey/Cooper Lienert/Nic Schulz/Bianca Williams – BRONZE
– U19 Male Line Throw – Cooper Lienert/Kyle Thomas – BRONZE
– U12 Female 50m with fins – Ella Andrews – SILVER
– U12/13 Female Patient Tow with fins – Ella Andrews/Sarah Edwards – SILVER
– U12/13 50m Medley Relay – Ella Andrews/Sarah Edwards/Will Larven/Charlize Williams – SILVER
– U17 Female 50m with fins – Bianca Williams – GOLD
– Open Male 50m with fins – Rhys Krauter – GOLD
Sean McKenzie – SILVER
– U17 Male 100m Manikin Tow with fins and rescue tube – Nic Schulz – BRONZE
– Open Male 100m Manikin Tow with fins and rescue tube – Sean McKenzie – SILVER
– U17/19 50m Medley Relay – Danny Humphrey/Cooper Lienert/Nic Schulz/Bianca Williams – SILVER
– Open 50m Medley Relay – Nic Schulz/Trent Bampton/Rhys Krauter/Sean McKenzie – GOLD
– U17 Male 50m Manikin Carry – Danny Humphrey – GOLD
– Open Male 50m Manikin Carry – Rhys Krauter – GOLD
Sean McKenzie – SILVER
– U17/19 25m Manikin Relay – Danny Humphrey/Cooper Lienert/Nic Schulz/Bianca Williams – SILVER
– Open 25m Manikin Relay – Danny Humphrey/Rhys Krauter/Nic Schulz/Sean McKenzie – GOLD
– U17 Male 100m Manikin Carry with fins – Danny Humphrey – SILVER
Nic Schulz – BRONZE
– Open Male 100m Manikin Carry with fins – Sean McKenzie – GOLD
Rhys Krauter – SILVER

A big thank you to all of those that came out and supported and helped out with officiating, volunteering and timekeeping. As usual Semaphore had more than their required quota!










Tuesday Training Cancelled 28/6

Unfortunately tonight’s senior board session has been cancelled. It seems too many people have something on. Please go for a 30 minute run, and Aussies swimming is on at Largs Bay Swim Centre from 7-8pm.

Seniors Winter Training Camp – Chiton Rocks

With winter training now underway we thought it was time to organise a training camp for all of our seniors (including the 2016/17 U14s).
This is a great team bonding opportunity and a good chance to get some practice in some decent surf.

We have booked Chiton Rocks SLSC for two nights over the weekend of Friday 5thSunday 7th August at a cost of $30 per person per night.
The accommodation area sleeps a maximum of 26 (20 single bunks and 3 doubles).

Confirmation of numbers needs to be given as soon as possible so if you are interested in attending please email Karin Humphrey at by Fri 24th June.
The club will invoice members for payment.

As the new season U14s do not yet have their SRC we will also be asking for support from parents and/or anyone else with their Bronze that is keen to help to provide assistance with water cover during the training sessions which are likely to occur Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Depending on the departure time from the club on Friday 5/8 there may also be a brief training session late that afternoon.

Please note – Sunday 7th August is also the club’s AGM so we are asking that all of those attending the camp come back to the club on Sunday afternoon at 3pm to show their support and ensure we get the numbers needed to allow our AGM to proceed.

Pool Rescue State Champs Training Sessions

As has previously been advertised – Pool Rescue State Championships are to be held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.
This is the last event of the 2015/16 season and is open to current (15/16) U12s and above.
Details re nominations will be sent out soon.

In order to support all those that are keen to enter gain an understanding of and practice the various races to be held we have organised 3 training sessions at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre (Cowan Street Angle Park).
These sessions will be held on Saturday 25th June, Saturday 2nd July and Saturday 9th July from 1.303.30pm and will be coached by Trent Bampton and Sean McKenzie.
There will be NO cost to participate in training as this has been fully funded by the club.

We are hoping to have a strong team at Pool Champs this year so come along to the training sessions and see what a great and fun event this is!

Senior Winter Training

Winter training has begun! Board training will start tonight (7th June 2016), please meet a the club before 4:45pm if possible. We will load the trailer and head to the lake for training. Anyone that has their own personal boards you can meet us at the lake (Northern end off Bower Rd, next to the canoe/dragon boat club/dirt bike track), please be ready to hit the water at 5:10 if you are meeting us there.


Training program will be as follows

Board Training Tuesday, Thursday, Friday nights 4:45 at club to load trailer or 5:10 with your own board at the lake. High Vis vest/top required. On water for approximately 1 hour.

Kayaking Monday and Wednesday’s 4:30 for 4:45 start at the West Lakes Canoe Club. High Vis vest not required but suggested. This will recommence on Wednesday 15th June due to the expected weather and long weekend.

Club Swimming 7-8pm Largs Bay Swim Centre on Victoria Road. cost is $4 per session open to all 2016/2017 U14’s and up, or for those older with the plan to get your Bronze in the upcoming season.

Please remember to have a headlight and tail light for your board and kayak, ask Sean for some suggestions if you do not have one. You will be required to leave the water at Sunset if you do not have a light. All winter training will be on the lake at the Northern end unless told otherwise.


Please join the ‘Semaphore Senior Competition Group’ on Facebook for the most up to date information. We will always try and get website posts, text messages and emails out, however Facebook is the quickest and most efficient way for us to distribute information

Weekend training TBA after the long weekend.

Senior Board/Ski/Swim meeting 29th May

We will be holding a meeting this Sunday after the working bee for all people interested in competing in board, ski and swim events in Seniors this coming season. The meeting will discuss when training will commence, training nights, winter kayaking, possible training camps and a whole heap of other information. We urge you to be there as we plan on making some changes this season which will hopefully benefit the whole club in years to come.

The working bee will be from 12-4, the meeting will follow straight after that (with a BBQ for those that helped out for the working bee) and will be followed by the club draw.

Please contact Karin (0403221592) for any more information or to let her know if you can not make the meeting.

There will also be a boaties meeting running at the same time, but please see the post about the boaties meeting for more information