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Club Newsletter

11 October 2020

Sunday 18 October

Beach Patrols - Time to sign up

Our first day of beach patrols at Secret Harbour is Sunday 18th of October - if you haven't yet signed up for your patrols please do so now. The roster can be found on the patrolling members page on our website or you can click here.

**We still need a Patrol Captain for patrol 8 and a range of other skills for the other patrols. Please contact Sam Lowe with any questions.

Skills Maintenance/Requal sessions

Dates for skills maintenance and requals for the 2020/21 season have been confirmed. All sessions start at 8:00am in the wet training room:

  1. Sunday 18 October
  2. Saturday 31 October
  3. Sunday 15 November
  4. Saturday 21 November
  5. Saturday 12 December

You must attend one of these sessions or you will not be able to patrol after the 31st of December. As a reminder, you can't complete your skills maintenance while on patrol. If you are, you must sign onto patrol afterwards.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Education Derry Smith .

Become a patrolling member and learn valuable skills as a trained volunteer surf lifesaver for SHSLSC. 


You’ll undertake a number of roles, including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public.

In addition, Bronze Medallion holding members become eligible to compete in surf sports events, upon meeting patrol requirements. [Source: SLSWA]

Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate programs start on 27th October. Come along to the info session on 13th October to learn more.

Please contact Director of Education, Derry Smith to express your interest and to ask any questions.

Meeting for all IRB Drivers and Crew

Please attend one of these meetings: 

  • Date: Wednesday 14th or Friday 16th October
  • Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
  • Meeting organiser: Jess Williams
Official Club Communications

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Last chance - Registrations close Monday 12th October

Youth and Nipper Age Group Manager Info Session

Surf Life Saving WA is running an Age Manager Information Session at Secret Harbour SLSC on Wednesday 14th October, 5:30pm for new and returning Age Managers. Youth (U14 & 15's) must attend this session if they would like to join the Youth Age Manager program. 

If you have never been an Age Manager/Assistant Age Manager and would like to find out more about this rewarding and fun position with our Woodside Nippers program, please attend. groups We are always looking for volunteers! Bookings are essential. 

**We especially need volunteers for the U7 and U10 age groups - please attend this session if you can help!

Reserve your spot

Training & Skills Development

Expressions of Interest are being sought for the following training courses (Members 18+). Please contact Derry Smith, Director of Education to secure your spot.

  • Silver Medallion Beach Management Course
  • IRB Driver Course, prerequisites, IRB Crew Award and Recreational Skippers Ticket.
  • IRB Crew Course.
  • ART Trainers Course

**If you have not yet registered for the Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate courses, these start on October 27th. Please contact Derry Smith to register.

For further information contact Derry at

Provide (Senior) First Aid - HLTAID003

  • October 15th & 22nd: Course Full
  • Saturday November 7th: Full one day course

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques - ART (AID)

  • Thursdays November 5th & 12th

Pain Management

  • Thursday 19th November

For course details and to book, please visit our website.

Membership Renewals Due

Annual membership renewals, including Woodside Nippers, were due on 30th September.  Please renew as soon as possible via the SLSA Members Area or come and see us at the office. 

If you have renewed but not yet paid, your registration cannot be finalised in the system. Click here for membership fees.  You can pay via the SLSA Members Area, by credit card over the phone, by EFT transfer or via the SLSA Payment Gateway.  Please contact the office on 9524 7092 or by email with any questions. 

Woodside Nipper/Cadet renewals: Parents/Guardians can create a family group through the Members Area so that payments and memberships for the family can be easily completed online. 

2020/21 Season Guide

Woodside Nippers Information

Not long now until the first day of Woodside Nippers! The 2020/21 starts on Sunday 1st November and we have put together a guide for all new and returning Nipper families. Please take the time to read this important information before the season starts.  See you on the beach!  

Woodside Nippers 2020/21 Season Guide

Woodside Nippers and U14 Pool Proficiency Dates

All children that wish to participate in Woodside Nippers as well as U14 members must complete a preliminary evaluation/swimming proficiency to ensure they are fit and able to meet the requirements of the Woodside Nippers/Youth Program. The club will be holding two more sessions at Secret Harbour State Swim between 12 - 1pm on Sunday 25 October or 1 November 2020.  **U14 pool proficiencies will be conducted with the SRC course at Aqua Jetty on 25th October.

Please come ready to get wet and bring your bathers and goggles. Pool entry is free.

Alternatively if your child is currently undertaking swimming classes or in a swim squad they can be signed off by a qualified swim instructor. The swim proficiency witness form provides the distances/times required for each age group and can be downloaded here.

2020/21 SEASON kick-off outing Saturday 24 OCT

We have booked the wake park for an exclusive Crusaders Session of waking/knee boarding and laughs.

Cost $35 for participants (that includes our Crusaders Mums and Dads if they are keen) Spectators are free and food is available at the Wake Park Cafe. Board, Helmet and lifejacket is included in hire – bring a wet suit.

Bookings are essential - click here

Nominations open

Youth development camp opportunities

Surf Lifesaving WA will deliver two youth oriented camps this season. These camps are excellent develoment opportunities for our youth members, with the aim of developing our future leaders in surf lifesaving. Nominations are now open to participate in these camps. To nominate, please write a brief CV about your participation in surf club activities and successes, and any other details to support your nomination. Send your completed nomination to by Friday 30 October 2020.

1. Teamwork, Opportunity and Development (TOAD) Camp

Open to 13 and 14 years olds (U14/15 age groups), the TOAD camp will take place at Rottnest Island, 4-7 January 2021.

2. Rise Up Camp

Open to the U17 age group, this camp will take place 4-7 January 2021 at Pemberton Camp School.

Read more about SLSWA's youth camps here.

Surf Sports
Saturday Oct 31st - Entries now open!

SunSmart WA Endurance Championships

The SunSmart WA Endurance Championships is open to members from under 12 through to Masters with a variety of events including beach run, Nipper Gold, swim, ski, board paddle and surf boats. For more information and to register click here.


Stay up to date with SLSWA's 2020/21 Surf Sports Calendar. Any event updates or changes during the season will be advised via My Beach News, Team App & website. Download the calendar here.

SLSWA Surf Sports Team App

Surf Life Saving WA encourages all members to follow 'SLSWA Sports' on Team App.

This is a primary platform for sharing SLSWA surf sports event information including programs, maps, results, last minute event changes/updates, event wraps and more!

This can be used in conjunction with Secret Harbour SLSC's Team App to keep you up to date across both club specific and SLSWA information. 

Masters Training and Competing at SHSLSC

Please contact Matt Evans if you'd like to join the Masters group at Secret Harbour SLSC. Training will be aligned with the Junior/Seniors group on Sundays for the time being. You can also request to join the Adult Surf Sports Training Group on Facebook. 

Register for R2 by Wed 14th October

WA Ironman Series

Round 2 of the WA Ironman series takes place on 17th October at Trigg Island with Round 3 on 31st October at Sorrento. The cost is $20 per round. Click here to register. 

Surf Boat Racing

If anyone is interested in rowing surf boats this season or having a go if you're new to this awesome surf sport, please contact Beno via email with your name, mobile number and age group.

Pool Rescue
Register now for Pool Rescue Competition

Round 2 of the Pool Life Saving carnival series takes place on Saturday 31st October. Click on the heading above for more info and to register. Please ensure you wear a Secret Harbour swim cap when competing and please let us know you are taking part via the Secrets Pool Rescue Facebook Group. Good luck!  

Pool Lifesaving Development sessions

Royal Lifesaving WA will be holding Pool Lifesaving development sessions at HBF Stadium from 3:00 - 4:30pm on Sundays until 25th October for ages 12 through adult. The sessions are free but you must pay pool entry. Click on the heading above for more information and sports calendar. 

Pool Rescue Schedule for SHSLSC  

Training is on Saturdays at Aqua Jetty, 7:30 - 8:30am.

  • Sat 17 Oct - Training followed by breakfast wind-up at 8:30 am **Please bring $5 per family to cover costs 
  • Sat 24 Oct Training (TBC)
  • Sat 31 Oct West Lifesaving Comp HBF Stadium we would like all competitors to enter.

Please follow the Secrets Pool Rescue Facebook page for more info.

Board Training

Pre-season sessions run on Sunday mornings and are made up of a warm up including run and sprints followed by a board paddle.

If you would like to take part in this regularly scheduled training or have any questions, please contact Director of Surf Sports Sam Maurice at

There is a role for everyone

As a volunteer-run organisation, we rely on the support of our members to run our club programs and activities. There are also many ways to get involved at the club without getting in the water!

You can join a committee, help with bbqs, beach set up on Sundays, becoming a patrolling member or getting your Nipper Rescue Certificate to do water safety and helping our Admin team in the office, to name a few.  If you have an idea of how you'd like to help but are unsure of how to go about it, please email Club Captain Jess Williams.

If you would like to gain work experience in a particular area of operating a small business, volunteering at the club is a great way to do this and we can provide a reference for you too.

We need every member to take on one activity; big, small or in between to run our club to its maximum potential. 

Scroll down for more exciting volunteer opportunities

Urgently needed

Starfish Nippers Program Coordinator

Starfish Nippers is a life saving skills program designed for children and young adults with a disability 6 years and older. Following a successful first season, we are looking for volunteers to continue this wonderful program at Secret Harbour for the 2020/21 season. If you are interested in running the Starfish Nippers program, please contact Club Captain Jess Williams at

Thanks so much to club member Vanessa Thornley who has stepped up to coordinate the weekly BBQ on Sunday mornings! 

We're still looking for members to join Team BBQ and help it run smoothly every week.  It's a great way to meet fellow members and help support the club's fundraising program.  

Please contact the office if you can help. Thank you for your support.

Environmental and fundraising initiative
Containers for Change Coordinator

Secret Harbour SLSC will be participating in this new state-wide program that provides a 10c refund for each eligible container and will be a great fundraiser for the club. We will have a drop off site, providing a convenient service to local residents who can drop off their recycling and obtain refunds for themselves too! We are looking for someone to be the point of contact for the club and help get this off the ground. Please contact Ian Noorman to find out more about this great volunteer opportunity.

Director & Committee opportunities

The Club is seeking to fill the positions of Director of Youth and Director of House and Social for the upcoming season. These are two critical and highly rewarding positions. 

Both of these positions have fantastic people who have held Director positions before, and are willing to support the person who takes on the role. So you will not be on your own and will have support. The Director of Finance position also needs to be filled. Please contact Club President Brendan Privilege for more information:

PR & Communications 

The commitee positions of Sponsorship Officer, Fundraising Officer and Grants Officer are still vacant and urgently need to be filled. To find out more about these opportunities, please contact Anne Evans, Director of PR & Communications. For each of these roles, you will have full communications & PR support to promote your initiatives and projects. We are also looking for a Website Coordinator who can maintain our site content throughout the season using WordPress and be involved in an upcoming project to redesign/reformat the club website.

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SurfBabies & SurfKids

Instructors Needed

SLSWA are looking for Instructors to deliver a six-week SurfBabies & SurfKids programs, at a range of locations. Applicants must be over 17 years, have experience working with children and an SRC or Bronze Medallion qualification.

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11 Palermo Cove, Secret Harbour

PO Box 7066

Western Australia 6173

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