Member Training Webinars

The SLSA IT Team will be running regular training webinars throughout July, August and September covering a range of online systems and topics.

Members can register their interest/attendance and ask any questions in advance by using the 'register' links on the IT Online Help website.



  1. Managing Members

  2. SurfGuard Reporting

  3. SurfGuard Overview

  4. SurfGuard Assessments & Reporting

  5. SurfGuard Organisational Management & Messaging

  6. Club Administrators (SurfGuard/Members Area)

  7. SLSA Payment Gateway

  8. SLS Operations App

  9. SEMS Branch/State Admins

Each webinar is run multiple times on a selection of different dates to cater for all users and time zones.

Trainer & Assessor News

Please join the Education Team in congratulating the following dedicated Assessors who have successfully completed the requirements to update their Assessor qualification:

  • Ian Grant – Port Elliot SLSC

  • Michael Grant – Port Elliot SLSC

  • Iain Mitchell – Glenelg SLSC

  • Pat Whiting – Moana SLSC

  • Heinrich Hofer – West Beach SLSC

  • Ingrid Cobiac  – Brighton SLSC

  • Kate Perry - Port Noarlunga SLSC

  • Richard Nurmi – Christies Beach SLSC

  • Gareth Morgan – Glenelg SLSC/SLSSA

  • Peter Kerrison – Moana SLSC

  • Andrew Henry – Henley SLSC/SLSSA

  • Dean Colegate – South Port SLSC

  • Graeme Cunningham – West Beach SLSC

Sarah Borrie has also completed the full assessor skill set and we currently have another 6 members training to gain the same award.

We thank you for your time and commitment to completing the training and ongoing professional development as a Trainer and/or Assessor for SLSSA.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer we have a course coming up in July. We also have another assessor upgrade course coming up at the end of July. For all the details for these courses please contact Kate Powell, Member Education Officer on 83546900 or

Cultural Survey


Surf Life Saving SA is undertaking a survey of volunteers to help assess the movement’s culture.

Volunteers aged 16 years and over will shortly receive an email with link to the survey from CERM PI, a research centre at UniSA that Surf Life Saving has engaged to conduct the survey on our behalf.  

The survey will take around 10 minutes, is completely anonymous, and the results will help us develop strategies to support our culture in years to come. 

When you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a draw to win one of four prizes:

  • A surf ski for your club;

  • A board for your club; or

  • One of two $100 vouchers for you.

Should you have any questions about the survey, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Working with Children Checks: Changes to Screening

Important Update: From 1st July 2019, changes to screening for Working with Children Checks will come into effect.


Changes to screening South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children.

The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening.

These changes were recommended as part of South Australian and federal royal commissions, to help keep children safe in our communities. The new working with children check (WWCC) that is being introduced from 1 July 2019 replaces the current system, where people can have either a Department of Human Services (DHS) child-related employment screening, or a National Police Certificate assessed by their employer/volunteer-involving organisation.

Key changes include:

  • WWCCs replace all other types of child-related employment screening checks.

  • People can apply for their own WWCC, to help them be job-ready

  • Organisations can no longer use National Police Certificates for people working or volunteering with children. Only the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can do a WWCC.

  • A WWCC is valid for five years and is portable across organisations and roles in South Australia.

There will be transitional arrangements to make it easier for people to move to the new scheme:

  • All current, valid DHS/DCSI childrelated employment screening clearances will be recognised as WWCCs under the law, until they expire.

  • Certain industries will have staggered entry times to the new scheme, to help them transition smoothly.

  • National Police Certificates assessed by organisations are valid for working with children until 1 July 2020.

For most people working or volunteering with children, the transitional arrangements mean they don’t need to do anything to be ready for the new laws starting on 1 July 2019.

You can download the full information pack here.

What Does this mean for Surf Life Saving Clubs?

The new laws mean that from the 1st July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have a valid child-related screening. So please remember if you haven’t done so already to send us your list of prescribed persons so that we can initiate the check from our end before the 1st of July.

There will be a transitional arrangement to make it easier for people to move to the new checks. All current working with children checks are valid until they expire.

Surf Life Saving SA is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young people and as such are focused on providing a safe and supportive environment for children and young people and helping clubs to do the same. Here is a link to the Information kit that has been produced by the Department of Human Services and contains information on the new laws. Please share this with your members so they are aware of how the changes will affect them.

In the coming weeks, we will be sending out new procedures on how our Clubs and SLSSA will operate under this new framework into the future. For now though, please ensure you send us your list of prescribed persons or if you can initiate the checks yourself do so, to ensure that our Organisation remains a safe and welcoming environment for our children and young people.”

If you have any further questions, please contact State Office via or call on 08 8354 6900.

Board Announcement: We welcome the appointment of Madeline Nurmi to the SLSSA Board

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It is with great pleasure that we welcome Madeline Nurmi to the Surf Life Saving SA Board. Madeline was successfully appointed at our State Council meeting on Tuesday 18th of June 2019.

Madeline is a Life Member of the Christies Beach SLSC, and has been an active member of the club since 2000. She has held various roles within the club, including as an age manager, Junior Chairperson, child safety officer and is currently the Club President and Registrar. From a highly committed surf lifesaving family, Madeline's 4 adult children and husband are all Bronze medallion holders and support the club actively through patrol, training and the executive committee. Her passion for Surf Lifesaving, the Christies Beach SLSC and the broader community has seen her help drive an increase in active participation within the club and its members over the last three years.

Madeline is currently a leader Analyst in the Professional Services Branch at the Department of Human Services. She comes from a background as Public Servant in both State and Federal domains, and has over 25 years of experience in executive roles in ICT, customer service and project management. During her time, she led and managed hardware and software rollouts to 36,000 staff, managed high profile multimillion-dollar projects and successfully demonstrated the ability to lead virtual teams that are high performing, collegiate and understand their contribution to the strategic direction of the department. This experience, combined with her leadership qualifications, including a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management will be a great asset to the SLSSA board and community.

Red and Yellow Ball 2019

Did you hear? The Surf Life Saving SA Red & Yellow Ball is back again this year, and it's promising to be a very special night for all of our surf lifesaving community.

The ball is just 12 weeks away (Saturday August 24), and with tickets at the subsidised price of just $75 per person, places are likely to fill up fast! Make sure you jump onto our booking website now to secure your seat. We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening with you to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers.

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We are hiring: Community Programs Officer

Community Programs Officer

Click here to download a copy of the position description.

Reporting to the Education and Training Manager the Community Programs Officer will be responsible for the implementation of Surf Life Saving SA’s long term strategies to develop and deliver community water safety initiatives and surf education programs that support our vision to save lives and build healthier and safer communities. This role will be integral with growing our current programs and introducing new programs and initiatives to the benefit of our movement and the South Australian Community.

SLSSA is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to coordinate and deliver our community programs.

The role will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Coordinate all community water safety programs;

  • Collaborate, consult and liaise with clubs, state and local government, industry and interest groups to promote and develop SLSSA’s community awareness and water safety strategies;

  • Develop initiatives to grow our community programs;

  • Review and identify areas of risk and plans to mitigate that risk;

  • Collect, analyse and interpret all program data;

  • Produce and implement policies, protocols, operating procedures, standards and systems in relation to program outcomes;

  • Establish communication schedules;

  • Work with Community Partners and interest groups on SLSSA’s inclusion and diversity programs.

The successful candidate will be passionate about Surf Life Saving and possess the following attributes:

  • Experience in community and program development;

  • Experience preferably in the not for profit, charity or sporting sector;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication;

  • Strong attention to detail;  

  • Strong administration and coordination skills.

Relevant qualifications that support your experience will be highly regarded.

Click here to download a copy of the position description.

Brief enquiries may be made to Belinda Schiphorst on 08 8354 6900.

To register your interest for this exciting role, please apply by forwarding a copy of your resume and covering letter to Reception at

Applications close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 June, 2019.

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