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Surf Life Saving NSW


Friday 12 May 2017


SLSNSW Welcomes New Board Members

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Surf Life Saving NSW has welcomed four new board members who were elected at the annual meeting last Saturday.

Nominations for vacant board positions were invited from members across the state with those elected determined by the 11 Surf Life Saving Branch presidents, representing the 129 surf life saving clubs in NSW.

Brian Wilcox has been elected Deputy President for two years along with Director of Lifesaving Stuart Harvey and Director of Member Services Trent Thomas. Amanda Higgerson was elected Director of Education for a one year term, after the resignation of the current director mid-term. Read more here.

Landcare Awards

The Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate local Landcare achievements at state and national level. Nine diverse categories showcase the achievements and history of Landcare and Coastcare, and above all recognise the invaluable contribution of tireless volunteers to both initiatives.

Anyone involved in projects that care for our land or water is welcome to apply. Within the Landcare Awards, the term 'Landcare' refers to all groups, individuals, organisations and activities that care for the land. If you are involved in protecting or improving your local environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region, catchment or backyard, there is a category in this year’s awards for you.

Nominate via NSW Nominations close Friday 16 June 2017.

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CoastalWatch Weekend Forecast

Latest Circulars

Circular Reminders:

Circular 3498: 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Clinics Nominations
Circular 3499: 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Interstate Team Nominations
Circular 3500: 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships Entry
Circular 3501: 2018 NSW Championships Senior Officials Nominations
Memo: Special Events and Insurance Guidelines

Memo: SLSNSW Support Centre

Fri 12 May 2017 - Surf Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW) is committed to ensuring our members have the support they need, and communication with the State office is an important part of this. In order to streamline support requests and better serve you, SLSNSW now utilises an online Support Centre.

Memo: Nominations for SLSNSW Committees, Advisers and other positions

Fri 12 May 2017 - The Surf Life Saving New South Wales Board of Directors is calling for nominations for Surf Life Saving New South Wales Committees, Advisers and other positions.

Circular 3502: 2017 U18 Pool Rescue Development Team Management Nominations

Thu 11 May 2017 - SLSNSW is calling for nominations from Team Management wishing to be selected in the 2017 NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development NZ Tour to compete in the New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships.


NSW Youth Dominate National Selections

An outstanding season by NSW athletes has been capped off with an amazing 16 athletes selected in the Australian Youth Life Saving Team Squad to have the chance to compete at next year’s Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide.

Surf Safety Vital for New Migrants

Surf lifesavers treated new arrivals to Australia with a hands-on beach safety experience at Sydney’s Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday.

National Volunteer Week Profile - Deb Rendall

Avoca Beach SLSC member Deb Rendall became a surf lifesaver in 1999 thanks to her family who were involved in Nippers. Deb believes volunteering is a great way to meet new people and give back to the community which she does a lot of, and not just in the red and yellow uniform.

National Volunteer Week Profile - Donald Hay

Donald Hay from Pambula SLSC has been a surf lifesaver since 1980 and believes giving your time as a volunteer, doing something you love will make you a happier person..


Sat 20 May 2017 - 2017 IRB Premiership Round 2

Mollymook SLSC will host round 2 of the 2017 NSW IRB Premiership.

Sat 3 Jun 2017 - 2017 IRB Premiership Round 3

Ocean Beach SLSC will host the third round of the 2017 IRB Premiership on 3 & 4 June.

Fri 16 Jun 2017 - Scotts Head Paddle Games

Macksville Scotts Head SLSC will be hosting the Scotts Head Paddle Game from 16-18 June 2017.

Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 2017 IRB Premiership Round 4

Cape Hawke SLSC will host the final round of the 2017 IRB Premiership on 17 & 18 June.

Sat 1 Jul 2017 - 2017 NSW IRB Championships

After hosting the 2017 NSW Country Championships, South West Rocks SLSC will welcome surf lifesavers for the IRB Championships on 1 & 2 July 2017.

Sat 8 Jul 2017 - 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships

The 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships will be held at Ryde Aquatic & Leisure Centre for the second consecutive year.

Sun 30 Jul 2017 - Lighthouse 2 Skillion Coast Walk

The Lighthouse 2 Skillion Coast Walk is on once again and will be raising money for Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Central Coast surf clubs, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Coast Shelter.


ClubsNSW ClubGRANTS Category 1

Grants are open for the following Council areas:

Funding priorities under Category 1 include volunteer emergency services, however local priorities can provide more specific information via links above.

New Opportunities

Government Relations Manager

Surf Life Saving NSW is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can demonstrate their capability in developing strong relationships with key political stakeholders. This position, reporting to the CEO, is a challenging and varied role where you will work to enhance the profile of SLSNSW and manage major funding proposals designed to meet the core needs of this iconic community based organisation.


3 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085
PO Box 307, Belrose NSW 2085
P 02 9471 8000
F 02 9471 8001
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Welcome to the April 2017 edition of SurfLine!

Aussies 2017 is all wrapped up, and 20-year-old Ollie Signorini etched his name in the history books alongside the all-time greats of Australian Surf Lifesaving. 

Meanwhile, we take a look at the February 2017 Rescue of the Month where Cooks Hill Patrol One Captain Mark Doherty recovered two young children from a rip after signing off for the day. 

Entries for July's Australian IRB Championships are now open, with a link to entries available in the body of this email. 

Also, don't forget tomorrow is your last day to secure tickets to the annual Summer Surf Girl Gala Ball which will be held at Brisbane City Hall on the 6th of May!


Rescue of the month - February 2017


On Sunday 12 February Cooks Hill Patrol One Captain Mark Doherty was walking to the clubhouse to debrief his team before seeing two young children caught in a rip.


Signorini swims his way into the history books


The Australian Surf Race has a decorated history of 100+ years, and 20-year-old Ollie Signorini has etched his name alongside some of Australia's all time greats.


Australian IRB Championship entries now open!


The Australian IRB Championships will be held at Kingscliff Beach from 14-16 July 2017 with entries now open through carnival manager. 


Junior Lifesavers crowned NSW best


It was a memorable day for two young lifesavers who capped off their Nipper careers by winning the NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year award in Sydney last Thursday.


Surf Girl Gala Ball tickets close tomorrow!


Celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Summer Surf Girl winners and total funds raised by 13 entrants from around Queensland.



The North Coast Branch is a part of 12 Branch's in New South Wales and is home to eight of the onehundred and twenty nine clubs up and down our Eastern Coastline.
Our clubs educate, protect and help the public on and off our beachs. With over 100Km between our furthermost clubs, our volunteers are on call 24/7.
Running competitons from 12 years and up our members are also constantly educting club members as well as the public in all the skills needed to rescue someone in need.


Surf Life Saving is Australia's major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. We create a safe environment on Australia's beaches and coastline through patrols, education and training, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness.
With 165,820 members and 311 affiliated surf life saving clubs, Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia.
The majority of our services are provided by surf lifesavers who complete surf patrols voluntarily. We also operate the country’s largest lifeguard service, contracting to local government and other coastal land managers.
In the 2011-12 season, our volunteer patrol members were involved in 12,610 rescues, while our paid lifeguards rescued 2,818 more, taking the total number of lives saved since 1907 to over 615,000.
Surf Life Saving is a not-for-profit movement that exists only through community donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship. We are an active part of Australian local communities. Our movement prides itself on offering mateship, education, experience and in doing so gives back to the community.
For people young and old, Surf Life Saving inspires a positive and uniquely Australian attitude. Because every member, every club, the entire movement, embraces and promotes a 'can do' attitude to life. It protects life, it saves life, it promotes life.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision
To save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.

Our Mission
To provide a safe beach and aquatic environment throughout Australia.

Our Driving Forces
To save lives in the water.
To promote a healthy, inclusive, clean, family lifestyle.

SLS 2020

SLSA has developed a new strategic direction, SLS2020, that will guide the Surf Life Saving movement through the next decade. The focus of SLS2020 is to further build the capacity and capability of the movement to save more lives, create better Australians and build better communities. There are four pillars of strategic intent that we will pursue to achieve our mission:

1. Extend lifesaving coverage to meet community needs.
2. Develop our people.
3. Ensure the movement’s long term sustainability.
4. Involve all Australians and make a valued contribution to the Australian society.

The North Coast Branch is a part of 12 Branch's in New South Wales and is home to eight of the one hundred and twenty nine clubs up and down our Eastern Coastline.

With over 100Km between our furthermost clubs, our volunteers are on call 24/7.

Running competitions from 12 years to Masters age groups our members are very active in and out of our branch, at club, state, Australian and World levels. Formost for our members is the education of our patrolling members as well as the public who use our patrolled beach's.

In return we ask that at all times you swim between the red and yellow flags.




one of the key parts of surf life saving is the competitive sport which evolved from the training activities of lifesavers at Australian and New Zealand surf beaches, though most events share little with modern Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) based surf rescue techniques. The sport is still based on the volunteer clubs which perform the rescue duty, from the children in the "nippers" through to professional elite circuits that have been established for the high-profile "ironman" events. The sport is mainly still confined to Australia and New Zealand, although the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in Canada has run the Nova Scotia Surf League competitions every summer since 2000, and competition programs exist in 5 regions of Canada. In Europe the sport is increasingly developed, with Italy, Spain and Germany particularly strong and the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland developing rapidly.

Surf life saving clubs regularly hold surf carnivals where clubs compete with each other in a range of beach- and rescue-oriented events including combined swimming and running, surf ski and surf boat races. The youth arm of the clubs is known as Nippers, and holds similar events.

The various events involve elements of surf swimming, board riding, sand running, mock rescues using rowed surf boats, and paddling special kayak-like surf skis. Some events are for individuals, but many are team events.

Individual surf lifesaving events include:


Change your life this summer…

 How do I become a surf lifesaver? The first step is to read the information below and determine whether you are ready to change your life!
After that, you will need to work out what what surf life saving club you'd like to join. You can click
here for contact details.
The next step is to fill out your details
here. This information will be accessed by the club you have nominated and they will contact you with information about the next training courses. (If you don't hear from them after a week or so, feel free to give them a call direct - remembering that not all clubs are staffed all year round.)

What are the benefits of being a surf lifesaver?

Surf lifesaving is about satisfaction. Having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and helping make surfing a safer pastime. Surf Life Saving can offer a range of opportunities which will promote:
• A healthy lifestyle
• A sense of pride
• A sense of responsibility and purpose
• Positive social relationships

There is a place for everyone in the surf lifesaving movement. If you are unable to perform the duties of an active surf lifesaver, then perhaps assistance in the administration, communications or fundraising areas is for you.

Who can join SLSA?
Membership of SLSA is open to anybody, regardless of age, race, religion or gender.

What do I have to do to be a surf lifesaver?
The Bronze Medallion is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award you must be over the age of 15 and demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.
Before commencing training for the Bronze Medallion you will be required to complete a

400-metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25m, or over a measured open water course. Once this has been completed, all clubs provide qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver.

At the completion of your training, which will take a couple of months, your physical fitness will be tested by a run-swim-run (a 200m run followed by a 200m swim and then another 200m run) which has to be completed in under eight minutes. You will also be examined on theory, basic resuscitation and first aid and participate in a simulated rescue situation using a rescue board and tube.
All these skills combine to train you to be an effective member of a patrol team.

Are there any other ways I can join SLSA without doing a Bronze Medallion?

Yes. SLSA offers a wide range of awards to its members and the community.

For example, by gaining basic awards in radio operations, you can assist with patrol observation and communication duties without having to perform water-based rescues.

If you are less than 15 years of age you can obtain a Surf Rescue Certificate. Probationary surf lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation, plus a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.

If you are looking for a way to entertain your children during the summer season then why don't you join them up in our ‘nippers’ program. The Junior Activities Program is for children aged between 5 and 13 years and provides basic surf skills.

For further information please contact your nearest Surf Life Saving Club