Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers

Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers

2019 Enrolments - NOW OPEN

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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Position Vacant - Lifesaving & Emergency Operations Manager

Position Vacant - Lifesaving & Emergency Operations Manager

Surf Life Saving SA is responsible for the governance, development, promotion and administration of surf lifesaving throughout South Australia and has the responsibility for servicing its 9,000 members and 21 clubs.

Reporting to the CEO the Lifesaving & Emergency Operations Manager will be responsible for the strategic and day to day management and development of Emergency and Lifesaving Operations, Coastal Management, Community Safety and Aviation Services.  

Recognised for your expertise in lifesaving operations you will implement a risk management framework that supports all the operational areas of SLSSA including the Westpac Helicopter.

Collaborative by nature with the capacity to build strong business partnerships you will engage with the State Government, SAFECOM, SAPOL, SES and other emergency sectors to ensure the achievement of the outcomes set out in the strategic plan and to ensure SLSSA is recognised for the role it plays in responding to emergencies.

We are seeking a person experienced in lifesaving operations who has experience in risk and emergency management.  The ability to remain calm under pressure whilst maintaining high attention to detail and developing and implementing practical solutions will be a sign of your success.  Tertiary qualifications that support your experience will be highly regarded.

To request a copy of the position description please email admin@ashbymagro.com.au.

Brief enquiries may be made to Allison Ashby on 0414 731 313 or Sharon Magro on 0408 518 192.

Applications in Word format may be submitted by clicking the "apply" button below or through our website www.ashbymagro.com.au and should be received prior to COB Monday 31 December 2018.

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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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President's Update

President's Update

Clare Harris, CEO of Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) has informed the Board of her desire not to continue beyond a 5-year term.

Clare said: “I am really proud of what I have achieved during my time as CEO and I am even more excited about what’s next.

During her tenure, Clare has effectively delivered on the strategic direction set by the Board. She has made significant governance reform, established strong bipartisan Government relations, updated the club redevelopment program to contemporary standards, and produced annual profits - with the largest just reported for the 2017-2018 financial year.

As a female CEO she has led a strong campaign for gender equity across surf lifesaving with the implementation of the gender diversity program surf sisters and has been a CEO that has over achieved her KPI’s. She has been a great change agent with the Board advising her upon her arrival to “run it like a business”. 

The next few weeks will see Clare and her team close out the largest world championships ever, a bid she and her State President secured in 2014 which saw Adelaide host this event for a second time.

John Baker, State President of SLSSA said; “Clare was the first CEO appointed after 28 years and was selected to lead the organisation through a period of change and to commercial sustainability.

Critical aspects of her role included change management, stakeholder management and establishing internal disciplines and accountability including staff capability and sustainable income streams.

Clare won Sports Administrator of the year in 2017 and currently sits on the SA Chiefs of Gender Equity and is a Board Director on the South Adelaide Football Club. She also held a role on the SA Premiers Women in Sport Taskforce. 

Clare has been instrumental in delivering many key strategic projects which have expanded and promoted our brand and made SLSSA a more sustainable and effective organisation.

I am personally very sad to see her go and the Board and I wish her every success. She has made a significant contribution and we thank her for her loyalty, commitment, hard work and in particular her integrity.

Clare will finish with SLSSA in early 2019 allowing time for the recruitment of a new CEO and to complete some major projects.

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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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