Government Boosts Funding Directly to Clubs

The Marshall Liberal Government has formally delivered on a $420,000 election commitment to the State’s surf lifesaving clubs.

This commitment includes providing $5,000 a year to every SLSSA club for the next four years to help purchase front-line rescue equipment.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard said, “We appreciate all the hard-work of our surf lifesaving clubs and that’s why we’re providing this funding to make sure our surf lifesavers are fully equipped to safely carry out the functions of their job.”

SLSSA President, John Baker said this was another significant announcement from the Marshall Liberal Government which will go directly to supporting our frontline volunteers. 

“As a volunteer movement, our clubs often rely on fundraising to help fund new equipment. This commitment by the Government will significantly reduce the financial pressure on clubs and help them deliver the best service to the community” John said.


SLSSA appoints new CEO: Damien Marangon

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A former Nipper and local surf life saver, Damien Marangon, will join SLSSA as our new CEO from April 18. 

 Damien began his career at SLSSA and worked at Surf Life Saving WA for more than five years, before moving into senior leadership roles.  He joins us after having spent six years as CEO of the Olympic gold medal-winning national sporting organisation, Shooting Australia.

 SLSSA President, John Baker, said Damien’s CEO track record, understanding of the volunteer ethos, knowledge of high level support and emergency services operations, plus his lifesaving credentials, saw him beat more than 100 applicants to win the CEO role.

 “Damien has a strong strategic viewpoint and sound financial experience, as well as outstanding relationship management skills… all of which are essential for this role,” he said.

 “This will be a popular appointment locally, given Damien’s background in, and passion for, Surf Life Saving.

 “This background, combined with his outstanding reputation and achievements as CEO, will allow him to understand the operations of the organisation and movement at both a strategic and operational level.”

 Damien said that he was excited at the opportunity to return to where he began his working life and was committed to providing strong and collaborative leadership as Surf Life Saving South Australia moved into the next phase of its growth.

 “I am passionate about this movement, both from a sporting and an emergency services perspective,” he said.

 “This is an iconic brand that is such an important part of Australia’s – and South Australia’s – recent history and I’m excited about the opportunities to grow that brand and ensure it remains relevant.”

 Damien Marangon: Senior Career History and Education

·         CEO of Shooting Australia for six years

·         General Manager of Shooting Australia for 12 months

·         General Manager (Operations) of the Animal Welfare League of South Australia for almost three years

·         Manager, Member and Community Services for Surf Life Saving WA for more than five years

·         MBA in Sport Management from Deakin University

·         Bachelor of Applied Science in Recreation, Planning and Management from the University of South Australia

·         A past Board member of SLSSA (2009-2016) and of Commonwealth Games Australia (2013-2018)

·         Winner of the Australian Institute of Sport Leadership Award in 2014 for outstanding leadership in Australian sport

·         Member of the Executive Committee that led delivery of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide


Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers

Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers

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Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers is a water confidence and aquatic safety program specifically designed for young beach lovers and their families. Adults will gain confidence taking young children to the beach by learning how to identify hazards, how to respond to a beach-based emergency and how to supervise children appropriately in the open water.

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Christmas Safety Message

Christmas Safety Message

Surf Life Saving South Australia is urging swimmers to ‘draw a line’ in the sand and think about any risks and dangers before entering the water over the holiday period.

The new public safety campaign features Australians who have previously been caught in rips, and those who lost loved ones to rips, talking about their experiences.

“Our message to beachgoers is, please stop before you enter the water, have a look and a think about what hazards might be a risk where you are and make a mental note of your plan to get help or respond if you do get in trouble. Of course we always recommend you also swim between the red and yellow flags, it is the area supervised by surf lifesavers and lifeguards who can assist you should something go wrong,” said Surf Life Saving SA Spokesperson, Melissa Davis-Bishop.

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The Biggest Lifesaving World Championships Ever Delivered Wraps Up

The Biggest Lifesaving World Championships Ever Delivered Wraps Up

With the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships nearing completion, I wanted to warmly congratulate all the athletes, officials and managers on what has been a memorable two weeks. To the Events Team, the Surf Life Saving SA staff and the army of volunteers who built, and then rebuilt these championships, I can’t thank you enough. You should be very proud of what you have delivered and how you have showcased Surf Life Saving SA to the world.

With over 7,000 participants from 45 nations, LWC Adelaide 2018 is the largest Lifesaving World Championships ever conducted. Adelaide also saw a number of firsts for the International Lifesaving Federation. It was the first time the event has returned to the same city for a second time. It was the first time a state association has successfully bid for, and run a World Championships (until now it has always been a national body). Other highlights included the running of the first National Youth Teams and the first National IRB Teams racing. We saw the largest number of technical officials attend, which may have something to do with the popularity of our wine, food and tourism.

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Lifesaving World Championships Begin

Lifesaving World Championships Begin

Ahead of the official Opening Ceremony for the Lifesaving World Championships 2018 we met with Surf Life Saving SA President John Baker to check in with how “the World’s” have been progressing so far.

“The setup is fantastic, it has been one of the best set up World Championships events ever but also I think the way we have put the infrastructure in has rivalled the Australian Championships so we are very happy with the scale of the event and arenas” said Mr Baker.

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Drones to join helicopters and planes in shark spotting

Drones to join helicopters and planes in shark spotting

SLSSA President Mr John Baker said Surf Lifesavers are excited to be strengthening their emergency response capabilities.

“We are already learning how the addition of Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA’s) will enhance our hazard identification and search and rescue abilities,” said Mr Baker.

“The visual perspective and agility offered with this equipment is unique and will play its own role in conjunction with our other assets such as the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, Jet Rescue Boats, Jet Ski’s, our Radio room and of course our beach patrols.

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