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VALE // David Clark ESM

We were saddened to hear of the passing of a Sorrento SLSC WA Honorary member David Clark ESM on 24 December 2020. 
Dave’s involvement in surf lifesaving began in 1971 when at age 39 he joined Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club and quickly became a valued member, holding a number of key positions, before joining Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA in 1982 where his involvement continued.
Dave played a significant role in the development of Surf Life Saving’s emergency services operations including the introduction of Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) to WA clubs and was the State IRB Officer from 1975-1991. Dave’s passion for IRBs never wavered, remaining a keen supporter of IRBs as both a rescue and racing craft up until his passing.
Dave was also instrumental in the development and widespread utilisation of radios by SLSWA clubs and members, with more than ten years spent as SLSWA’s Radio & Communications Officer (1991-2003). 
Described as “a persistent pioneer and a great advocate for crucial innovation”, in 2012 Dave was awarded the Emergency Service Medal for his long-standing dedication to Western Australia’s rescue services.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Coral, Ken and the Clark family at this difficult time.

Safe WA App

As part of the Western Australian State Government’s mandatory contact registers being introduced at venues from Saturday 5 December 2020, Sorrento SLSC WA still require all members/vistors to check-in via the SafeWA App.

To help keep your fellow members safe we ask that you take the following steps:

  1. Download the SafeWA App from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Create your account.
  3. Check in at Sorrento SLSC WA  by opening your SafeWA App and scanning the QR code.

We have noticed members NOT doing this, swiping your fob card into the club is NOT CHECKING IN. You must still check in with the app or write in the paper form on the form near the doors/changerooms/bar/cafe. 

If you do not have a smartphone or are unwilling to use the SafeWA App, you will have the option to provide your details on a paper-based contact register at entry.

For more information please visit:

Any questions please email Jess on

Join our Small Business Club

Do you have a small business you would like to advertise to other members around the club?

Check out our new and improved Small Business Group.

All the benefits you receive are in the below package!…/2020/09/Small-Business-Club-2020.pdf

Any questions please email on


Date:          Fri 19th Feb 2021
Time:         10:00 – 12:00
Location:    Sorrento North Beach
Required:   Bronze Medallion holders/First aid qualified members
You will be required for water safety and assisting the Supervisors with this group of children who have a disability in participating in an inclusive beach/water event.

Please leave your details with Jess in the office.

Education Courses

We are offering one more bronze course for the season.  Details below.  Contact the office to register.  Need to be 15+ on the date of assessment and a financial club member.  There’s a prequalification swim of 400m in less than 9 mins.  The course will only go ahead if we get enough interest.
Prequal swim 7:30am Saturday 6th Feb
Course the runs Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:30pm (starting 11/2) and Saturday mornings 7:30 – 9:30 am (starting 13/2)
Duration approx. 7 weeks (so aiming to finish Saturday 27/3)

We will be offering a few ART courses over the coming weeks.  The first is Saturday 16/1 but that’s already full.  Look out on Facebook (Sorrento Patrols) for first notice of coming courses.  We are keen to build our numbers of ART qualified patrolling members. 


Session details below. Contact the office to register. Will only go ahead if we get enough interest. Need to be a bronze medallion holder. This course is a lot of fun!! Its a short course, so need to be able to make all sessions.
Tuesday 2nd: 6:30-8:30pm (Theory)
Saturday 6th: 7:30am - 10:30am (Prac)
Saturday 13th: 7:30am - 10:30am (Prac)
Sunday 21st: 7:30am - 10:30 (Prac)
Saturday 27th: Time (TBC) ASSESSMENT!


We have the following prize pack which includes brand new DOMETIC WAECO CF-40 PACK, CAR MATS AND CAR SEAT COVERS!
We are auctioning the below pack (valued at approx. $1200) to raise funds for your club.

Prize Pack includes
• Car Floor Mats – Ford Ranger
• Tradies Car Seat Covers – Ford Ranger

Info on the Waeco Fridge/Freezer
Designed to get the job done by delivering reliable cooling or freezing performance. With an innovative and rugged design it provides energy efficient performance and extreme cooling, even in the blistering heat. A reliable companion for any caravan and camping trip.

• Storage volume of 37 l
• Compressor cooling technology and Variable Motor Speed Optimization (VMSO) means faster cooling, efficiently maintains the temperature and less wear and tear
• Built-in battery protection
• Removable lid
• Built-in 240 V
• Interior LED light
• Reinforced wire basket with divider

If you would like to place a bid, please email

Auction closes on Friday 5th February 2021 Highest bidder will win!

Aussies 2021 - Are you attending?

If you are attending Aussies 2021, please let us know by emailing Jess on

If you need to take craft over in our container please also let us know so we can organise.

Entry forms for Sorrento athletes will be out by end of today then send these to Jess on

All info on Aussies is here -


Youth Sleepover

Thank you firstly to all the youth, youth committee and parents that contributed their time to fund raising to make this possible. A special thanks to Marina for the organisation, Amanda, Jo & Matt for sleeping over with the youth, Greg for the movie entertainment and Darren & Anthony for bacon & egg burgers Sunday am! Simon for the support of Domino’s Pizza’s and of course Jess / Amanda for letting us use the clubs facilities. It was great to see 30 of the youth participate. Thank you for being such a great group! We hope that it was fun. Stay tuned for the next youth activity!! Enjoy the rest of the school holidays for those that are still on them. We look forward to catching up next Sunday at the Flag!!
Sunday Session

Despite less than perfect conditions, the Sunday morning session took place.  Well done to those who went into the water.  Many thanks to Paul Berry  for instructing the Youth on use of the Spinal Board and for co-ordinating Spinal Board Team Races for the Youth.  This was a great opportunity for those who were involved to get a taste of what activities they will do as part of the Bronze qualification. 
Upcoming Bronze Course

The club is offering one more Bronze course for the season (subject to sufficient numbers).  Need to be 15+ on the date of assessment and a financial club member.  There’s a prequalification swim of 400m in less than 9 mins.
Prequal swim 7:30am Saturday 6th Feb
Course the runs Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:30pm (starting 11/2) and Saturday mornings 7:30 – 9:30 am (starting 13/2) Duration approx. 7 weeks (so aiming to finish Saturday 27/3)
January Competitions

SLSWA Competitions
If you are interested in competing in the Cut Youth Surf Challenge at Port Bouvard this Saturday 16th and / or in the Country Carnival at Bunbury the following weekend remember to  pay via the portal and contact Jess in the office to organise your entries as soon as possible.  Additional information available on the Sorrento SLSC – Youth Development Facebook page.

Club Competitions 
The club mile swim (1600 m for those of us more use to metrics) will take place on Saturday 30th January and forms a part of the senior and youth club championships.  More information to follow.  
The Youth Committee

Woodside Nippers

Congratulations to all the Nippers that we're able to get down to the Trigg carnival on Sunday and have a crack in not ideal conditions. The green machine hammered on with some valuable lessons being taught, even to our more accomplished athletes. Everyone that took part should be super proud of themselves.
Thank you to all our Senior Age Managers and their assistants to our parent water safety and all the Nippers and parents that assisted in emptying the board trailer after the carnival. Special. Thanks to Muzz for bringing down the board trailer and  Belly for being a team manager for the day. Thankfully we have found another leader of our club song Jezza Plint! Thanks for filling in great job buddy!

While competing at carnivals is great and we do encourage having a go, it’s definitely not all we are about at Sorrento so I’d like to thank all the assistant age managers that helped run a nippers session back at Sorrento. It really is beneficial to our nippers to have the option.

With conditions being less than ideal at Sorrento on Sunday, our U8 and U9's were meant to run Little Nippers Club Champs number 2. They were able to run the beachside of things but have postponed the water events to another day which is yet to be confirmed.

I thank the Age Managers and parents of these two groups for understanding the bigger picture in running these events. It’s more about participating and having a positive experience than individual results, we are definitely on the right path at Sorrento.

This weekend sees our Little Nippers go to Cottesloe for the first intra club hit out of the season. Good luck and have lots of fun. Parents, please assist your Age Managers by being on time and coming ready as it makes their life easier.

Our U10 through to U13 they have Club Champs number 2. Please remember (parents) these events are about personal growth and there is NO Uncle Toby IRON PERSON Contracts to be handed out at the end of the day.

Encouragement and good sportsmanship is paramount in Junior (all) sport. Let's teach our kids by leading by example we set them. Not that this hasn’t been happening at Sorrento, I just like to give a gentle reminder to the team every now and then.
Have a great week!

See you on the beach!

Keiron Burke 
Junior Director

So Cafe Menu


Marinated chicken
Marinated lamb
Cous Cous salad
Greek salad
Vegetarian Mousaka

Adults - $15 
Kids - $8

Bookings to

Members Draw

Members Draw last Friday! Congratulations to Brett Cowan for being the member to be drawn out.

Unfortunately for him, he wasn't in attendance..... SO JACKPOT!!

This Friday, Members Draw is worth $1500

Remember to win you must be over 18, financial and be there at the time of the draw.

Also please book if you are having a meal at

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Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA
PO BOX 18 
Hillarys WA 6025
08 9448 1431

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