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Club Newsletter

06 November 2020

New season underway!

First day of Woodside Nippers

It was great to be back on the beach for our first day of Woodside Nippers at Secret Harbour SLSC. Thank you to all of our volunteers who made Sunday a success. Despite the conditions, it was a great first Nippers day!

Nipper Season Guide

We have put together a guide for all new and returning Nipper families. Please take the time to read this important information (link below) This guide can also be found under "Documents" in Team App. 

Woodside Nipper rashies and sizing

If anyone finds they need a different size nippers rashie, you can visit the office during normal hours to swap out your rashie vest, or the office will also be open this Sunday from 8:30- 10am. Sizes range from 6-14 + S/M/L for bigger sizes/older kids.

No Nippers on Sunday 22nd November

Please note that Woodside Nippers is not running on Sunday 22nd November due to the Senior Carnival. We encourage Nipper families to come and check out the surf sports carnival and assist during the event if you can.

See you on the beach!

Woodside Nippers 2020/21 Season Guide

Age Group Roster

U14s on November 8th

U13s on November 14th

Every age group is rostered on for 2 weeks during the season to help with set up and pack down. Parents and Woodside Nippers will need to arrive at 7:30am to help set up the sign-in area and beach arenas for the morning activities. We also need 3-4 parents to help with the BBQ each week. There will always be an experienced club member on hand to guide you. Our beach set up/pack down coordinator is Lewis Harrison - thanks Lewis!

The roster for the season is on page 3 of the Woodside Nippers 2020/21 Season Guide. 

Join a great team of Nipper Parents who provide essential Water Safety services every Sunday.

The NRC course is a great introduction to surf lifesaving and will qualify Nipper Parents/Guardians to perform water safety for Nipper water-based activities. 

The NRC course is free for members and will cover surf awareness, recognising safe beach zones, aquatic rescues with rescue tube/contact tow, and Surf Lifesaving signals. Participants must be able to complete a 200m Ocean Swim in 6 minutes.

We need as many water safety assistants as possible to support every age group - please register via the office. More information and how to register are in the info sheet below.

**Requalifications: To maintain currency, members who hold an NRC will need to undergo an annual proficiency test. You can join the scheduled NRC course for this. If you are unavailable on November 14th, please contact Director of Education Derry Smith to make an alternate arrangement. 

NRC Information Sheet

We are proud to be hosting the upcoming SLSWA Senior and Surf Boat Carnival right here at Secret Harbour SLSC on Sunday November 22nd!

We are calling on all members and families to support the event by helping with a range of tasks such as BBQ, water safety, first aid, set up/pack down, and general assistance throughout the day. Please view the roster below and contact Carolyn Wilson to let her know where you can help. (Carolyn's contact info is on the roster) 

SHSLSC Competitors: Click here to enter.

**Please note that Woodside Nippers will not be running that day so we would encourage Nipper families to come and check out the surf sports carnival and assist during the event if you can.

Carnival Help Roster
Official Club Communications

Key dates and club information

Alongside this fortnightly newsletter, Team App will be the central point of communication for members and it's free. 

To get the full features of the App you will need to download Team App onto your smartphone or you can opt to receive email updates without the app. Read more.


IRB Drivers

IRB Driver's wetsuits have arrived at Surf House. An email has been sent out to all currently proficient members with details on fitting times. If you believe you meet the criteria and haven't been contacted then email Stu Reeves at

Patrol Sign-Up

if you haven't yet signed up for your patrols please do as soon as possible. The roster is located on the Team App home screen and on the patrolling members page on our website.

**We still need a Patrol Captain for patrol 8 and a range of other skills for the other patrols. Please contact Sam Lowe to let her know you can help.

Update from Club Captain

IRB Water Safety Roster & IRB Maintenance Session

A page has been added to the patrol roster for all IRB Drivers and Crew to fill shifts for the Woodside Nippers water safety on Sundays. If you all could put your names down on that roster, that would be great. There is also a spot that needs filling before our nippers take to the water this weekend, so if anyone is available to help out, please let me know and add your name to the roster.

I am also looking at holding an IRB Maintenance Session on the 4th of December to ensure our boats and engines are looked after properly and to teach the future drivers (our Crewies) everything they need to know about the boat and the engine. If you will be available to make that session, please let me know!

Jess Williams, Club Captain, Secret Harbour SLSC


Long Service Awards

It is a tremendous honour to be awarded the Long Service Membership award at Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club as it requires 10 years of active service patrolling on our beaches. 

This means making all patrol obligations for each season for a decade, consecutive or otherwise. I am excited to announce that seven members reached this colossal milestone this year: Vanessa Aikins, Daniel Andrew, Sarah Lowe, Lee McGovern, Lorraine Rule, Mark Thomas and Mark Turley.

So what does the recognition of Patrol Long Service Mean?

· You will be recognised at the next major Club function as a long Service member of SHSLSC;

· Your name will be proudly displayed on the Clubs Long Service Honours Board;

· You will have earnt the privilege of not having to patrol to compete;

· You will be excused patrol duties but we would like you to continue to patrol and mentor our membership, as we acknowledge your vast experience;

· You will be afforded Gym Membership if you so choose to take up this option;

· You will be afforded a reduced membership;

· You will have the same privileges around the club as other active members;

· Your Long Service Membership can be recognised on transferring clubs if that was to occur in the future.

A massive congratulations to the seven members who have now joined the ranks of the greats at our amazing club. Members such as you exemplify what dedication and perseverance look like. Thank you Lorry, Daniel, Mark Turley, Mark Thomas, Lee, Vanessa and Sarah for the years of service you have devoted to our club and we look forward to the years to come.

Jessica Williams

Club Captain


Skills Maintenance/Requal sessions

Remaining dates for skills maintenance and requals are below and are also listed in the Team App Events calendar. All sessions start at 8:00am in the wet training room:

  1. Sunday 15 November
  2. Saturday 21 November
  3. 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 .

Provide (Senior) First Aid - HLTAID003

  • Saturday November 7th: Full one day course  - sign up asap.

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques - ART (AID)

  • Thursdays November 5th & 12th

Pain Management

  • Thursday 19th November

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

Sports taping workshop for coaches

A free sports taping workshop will be delivered by Fit For Perfection – Robert Glasson-Wilesmith and will be an opportunity for participants to learn key sports taping techniques on over eight joints.

ClubLink – Sports Taping Course

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020

Time: 5.45pm – 9.30pm

Location: Gary Holland Community Centre – Main Hall

A certificate of merit will be provided to all participants who complete the course. All equipment for the course is provided, so you’ll just need to wear comfortable clothes.

As there are limited places available for the course, registrations will be allocated to the first 40 people to register with a maximum of 4 representatives from each Club, ensuring equal opportunity for all.

Please register by 5.00pm Friday 27 November 2020 to with your details.

When registering please provide the below details:

Full Name:

Email Address:

Contact Number:

Club Name:



It was a fantastic first day of IRBC Training for our Crusaders/Cadets on Sunday 1st November with heaps of enthusiasm and an excellent display of teamwork. A huge thank you to our trainers and assistants, new mentors, and parents who stayed around to support the team.  

Please read the Crusader's Corner newsletter for important updates and information on Crusaders programs and activities. Crusader's Corner is distributed by email and uploaded to Team App under 'Club Newsletter'. Development program dates/times can also be found in the Team App Event Calendar.

New Course Dates - Youth Program

For members aged U14 - U17, SLSWA's Youth Program is a great way to discover all the opportunities available in Surf Life Saving. Dates have now been scheduled for the following courses:

Youth Coach
Youth Officials
Youth Trainer
Youth Age Manager
Youth Event Producer

Please visit SLSWA's website for more information about the Youth Program and to register. *Click headings on the Youth Pathways webpage for more information & course dates

Youth development camp nominations

Thank you to everyone who submitted their nominations for participation in SLSWA's Youth Camps. Successful candidates will be notified directly and we will share the list of participants here as soon as available. Good luck!

Read more about SLSWA's youth camps here.

Surf Sports
Gold medal wins for SHSLSC at Endurance Comp

Congratulations to all of our competitors at the SunSmart Endurance Championships at Sorrento on Saturday, October 31st!

Competitors from Secret Harbour put in an outstanding effort and included U13's Kyra Tierney, James Whelan, Jack Wicks, Flynn Senior (Nipper Gold, 2km beach run). U15's Ruby Moogan, Jed Moore & Joseph Tyrell competed in the 2km swim. Ruby unfortunately couldn't complete her other events due to injury (she's OK now). Jed and Joseph went on to do the 3.5km board race with Jed also completing a tough 4km beach run. 

We had an amazing 3 gold medal wins with Kyra Tierney and James Whelan (U13) taking home the gold in the 2km beach run and Kyra winning the Nipper Gold Female Ironwoman Race.  

Check out the latest issue (Nov 4) of the Sound Telegraph for an update on our competitors!

A special thank you to Jenny Whelan and Charlotte Moogan for taking up the sun shelters. This type of support for our club is greatly appreciated. 

See the full results on Team App - SLSWA Sports

Photo Gallery from SLSWA can be viewed here.

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.


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. 

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.

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

Friday December 4th

Help raise funds for our club!

Secret Harbour SLSC will be participating in the annual BeachSAFE appeal to help raise much needed funds to support our surf lifesaving and club initiatives.

We are calling out for volunteers (16+) to help on Friday December 4th, location to be confirmed. 

If you can help shake a tin (and paywave card reader for those bigger donations!), please contact Anne Evans at  Thank you for your support.

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 Finance for the upcoming season. These are two critical and highly rewarding positions. 

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. 

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