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Club Update

With the release of the Phase 3 Covid Safety Guidelines, we are pleased to advise the following changes to the Club's operations:

The boat shed will now be re-opened and your fob keys will work to get in.

  • Training sessions can commence.
  • You can store your equipment back in the club if you had a spot but if you are using club equipment you MUST CLEAN THE EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER YOU USE IT. CLEANING WIPES ETC WILL BE IN THE BOAT SHED FOR YOU.
  • The office will be re-open full time to members on Monday to Friday - 8am - 4pm.
  • The Cafe and Bar are re-opened on the following days. Wednesday night from 5pm (Dinner at 6pm) Friday Night from 5pm (Dinner at 6pm) Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am. YOU MUST BOOK TO COME ALONG -
  • The Gym and changerooms will remain closed until Phase 4 regulations are released and understood, as the club cannot meet the Phase 3 requirements.

Please note that increased sanitation, cleaning and hygiene regimes will be implemented and there will be hand sanitizers around the club.

When recommencing activities at the Club, please ensure that all of the Safety Guidelines for Phase 3 are adhered to, including the recommended social distancing of 1.5 m.

We will continue to monitor the WA Government guidelines for staged lifting of restrictions in Phase 4 and advise accordingly.

Any questions please email Jess on

Sorrento SLSC WA

SLSWA Awards of Excellence
A big congratulations to the following members that are finalist in the 2020 SLSWA Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence celebrate Western Australia’s surf lifesavers and surf life saving clubs, who have made outstanding contributions throughout the course of the season. The calibre of nominations each year is very high, and the committees have a difficult job narrowing the field to finalists and ultimately a winner, especially as all are so deserving.

We are so proud of you all and cant wait to hear the results.

Sorrento SLSC - Woodside Nipper Club of the Year

Shane Burch - Age Group Manager of the Year 

Andrew Ridley - Coach of the Year

Stephen Thomas - Trainer of the Year 

Keiron Burke - Woodside Nippers Program Coordinator of the Year

Charlie Rigby - Open Athlete of the Year

Garry Bunford - Official of the Year

Roger Nowell - Official of the Year

Surf Lifesaving Australia have signficiantly changed the content of both the Bronze and SRC qualifications.  SLSWA are currently working through these changes.  These will then get rolled out to all clubs.  It's important we all have the same understanding of these key awards so, until we have received these updates and communicated them to all of our trainers and assessors, NO REQUALS are to be held.  Requals can usually be held anytime from 1st July each year.  The main requal period is not until November but some people do try to get this done early.  We will let you know as soon as possible what the changes are and when requals can start.  
We are excited to announce that, as restrictions lift, we hope to be able to start an IRB drivers course soon.  Tentative details below.  Please contact Jess in the office to sign up for the course (it will only go ahead if we get enough interest).
Practical Sessions: Saturday mornings 7 - 10am, starting 25th July and running for approximately 8 weeks (Starting after the school holidays)
Theory Session: Thursday evening 6 - 9pm 23rd July
Please let Jess know if you already have a Skippers ticket or not.
Prerequisites: Minimum of 16 years of age to commence training. Minimum of 17 years of age on the date of final assessment. Hold and be currently proficient in the SLSA awards: Bronze Medallion and IRB Crew Certificate.
Note: Course duration depends on a number of factors including the weather and we reserve the right to change the course details, including adding Sunday sessions if required.  

Our brand new ATV thanks to a grant from Surf Lifesaving Australia 
Winter Training

The club is gradually opening up as Phase 3 of Covid restrictions now apply.  All youth are now encouraged to monitor social media for information on winter training sessions over the next few weeks.  Main points are as follows:
  1. Youth Members that had previously had permission to store personal equip at the club such as skis, can resume doing this
  2. Use of club equipment such as boards and skis is now permitted – same permissions required as before for use. ie.  with board and ski captains
  3. Look out for social media messaging on training sessions starting up
  4. Note the Covid Safe parameters that apply – social distancing, disinfecting equipment after use, no sharing of equipment, hand washing, register on training attendees to be kept – Coaches will provide details on these when you attend training
  5. With younger youth, parents will be needed to assist in helping implement to Covid Safe Parameters.
Winter training is a great way to keep fit – coaches also tend to focus more on improving technique during these sessions – so a great time of the year to increase your skill level. 


Ford Ranger Seat covers $260
Car Floor Mats $20

If you are interested please email Jess on

Nippers Board Training 
Training sessions are Wednesday 4.30pm (U10 to U13) Saturday 8am U8 to U13 and Sunday 8am U8 to U13.
U12s and U13s should make their way to the Red U13 flag
U10s and U11s should makes their way to the Purple U11 flag
U8s and U9s should make their way to the Green U9 flag within the Safe Swimming Enclosure

Key Points
  • The club is still required to maintain an attendance register with contact details of every participant for every session
  • Club equipment (including boards) may be used if it is sanitised at the end of every session and must not be shared during the session – in order to manage this; use of a club board must be pre-agreed with the junior director prior to attendance at your first training session
  • There is no access to the boatshed including changerooms for juniors –parent volunteers who have used club boards will need to put boards away after sanitising
  • We will need help to sanitise equipment safely in the washdown area – and it will be a massive help if those with their own boards can continue to wash them in ocean and load directly onto their cars
  • Groups of 100 are permitted up to a maximum of 300
  • Group limits apply to all Sorrento training activity on the beach and is not limited to the junior training
  • Wash and sanitise hands often and keep your distance
  • Do not attend training if you are sick (even the mildest symptoms)
  • Physical Distancing Advice from Surf Life Saving WA states: “1.5 metre separation between people requirement does not apply to participants in sport training or competition, as full contact sport activity is expressly allowed under Phase 3. Clubs should however continue to promote behaviour that avoids close contact with others and keeping 1.5 metres away whenever possible.”
Junior Board Training will take place under the following conditions:
  • Get in, Train, Get Out philosophy
  • Before a child attends training for the first time you must email with a contact telephone number and to confirm that you have read and will comply with these guidelines and shared with your child. Please also ensure you have advised which sessions your child will attend.
  • To assist the “contactless” registration please email or message prior to a session if your child will not be attending.
  • Participants will need to wear their hi-vis vests and age caps (last seasons) and bring their own water bottle. No cap and vest no train
  • A hot water bottle and / or a container of hot water is highly recommended as well as warm clothes for after the session.
  • There continues to be no sharing of any equipment during the sessions– (and wetsuit – not compulsory but highly recommended)
  • If pre-arranged with Junior Director club boards may be used from Saturday 6 June. If your child will require a club board you will need to advise the junior director by email or message before the session to arrange access to boards
  • With groups of up to 100 up to a maximum of 300 now permitted (including water safety and parents) – there will be some flexibility to combine groups during the training session – this will be at coaches’ direction
  • Participants will need to be to be fully independent and competent in the surf (no contact protocols limit “hands on” corrections by coaches)
  • There will continue to be no access to change rooms, boat shed or hot showers – whilst phase 3 guidelines allow this to happen the size, location and layout of Sorrento change rooms will not allow access in a COVID Safe manner. Public toilets are available
  • To minimise congregation and meet the requirements to manage ingress and egress; participants continue to be encouraged to bring their own equipment and access to the washdown down area will be limited to water safety and for designated parent volunteers in order to clean and disinfect rescue boards and club boards
  • A “contactless” register will continue to be collated electronically for every session with contact details provided by parents for every participant before attendance at their first training session
  • Parents will need to participate in a water safety roster
  • Failure to follow guidelines may lead to training being halted or participants excluded.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitisers can be made be available for before, during (for coaches) and after training it is recommended that participants bring their own sanitiser
  • Rescue equipment for water safety personnel and any other club equipment will be thoroughly sanitised at the completion of each session. The washdown area will be used for this purpose
  • Avoid spitting or clearing nasal passages
  • Avoid handshakes, high fives or other physical contact
  • Regular and thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and seek medical advice if you are unwell, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been unwell
Equipment washing areas
The restrictions require all equipment to be thoroughly sanitised at the end of each session. This will need to take place in the washdown area and is also a requirement for other groups using club equipment. Washing boards and rescue boards in this way and ensuring equipment isn’t put away without being sanitised is going to be a challenge and we ask for your patience and support as we implement these new measures.
To help us work through this safely please can participants with their own boards, continue to wash boards in the ocean and load into car immediately after the session.
A register of participants
A registration spreadsheet will be maintained by a volunteer registration officer to keep track of which participants are in attendance at all training sessions which can be made available on request to e.g. SLSWA or Health Authorities. All participants are required to provide a contact number via email to the Junior Director  before attending training.
Session registration will be paperless to avoid contact. Details of all of the participants of the session will be sent by the coach via messenger group or text to the assigned registration volunteer who will reconcile with the registration spreadsheet and provide to the Sorrento office manager.

Strategies to avoid groups congregating before and after the sessions (get in, train, get out):
Attendees will be encouraged in advance to arrive dressed and ready for session to commence. There will continue to be no access to the boatshed including showers unfortunately the spaces available are too small to accommodate the number of people training safely.
You should continue to move directly to the designated flags on the beach (not to congregate in front of the club) and to return to cars without washing boards at the end of the session.
Areas for training will be clearly marked adhering to social distancing guidelines (1 person per 2 m2). Phase 3 guidelines allow 100 people (this includes parents) for each training zone up to a maximum of 300 training on the beach. This does allow us more flexibility within the session and the possibility of combining groups. It is important to note that there will be other Sorrento training groups who also fall under this limit.

We are still required: 
  • to maintain physical distancing (outside of the training session which may now involve contact)
  • to implement strategies to manage entry and exit from training to avoid groups congregating in smaller spaces
  • to continue to maintain the register of participants for every session
Spectators / parents
Parents and spectators who are not providing water safety or coaching will be asked to move away from the training area and maintain social distancing

BYO Equipment
Bring and use own equipment (towels, goggles, water bottles, caps, wetsuits) no sharing of equipment during sessions.

Physical distancing requirements
Advice from Surf Life Saving WA states “Please note that 1.5 metre separation between people requirement does not apply to participants in sport training or competition, as full contact sport activity is expressly allowed under Phase 3. Clubs should however continue to promote behaviour that avoids close contact with others and keeping 1.5 metres away whenever possible.”

Responding to a suspected case of COVID 19
Any participant who is suspected of having COVID 19 will be asked to stop training, isolated from other participants by sending to an area on the beach free of people and their parents advised to take them home immediately and to seek medical advice.

Understanding Winter Training Guidelines and Hygiene Protocols
All participants, coaches, volunteers and parents will have read, understood and agree to adhere to the Training Guidelines prior to the first session attended and will be provided with regular updates as restrictions change.

The state government has provided the following Phase 3 guidance for sport and recreation
Further information can be found within the FAQs below


One of our amazing little Nippers did a presentation at school this week about Surf Lifesaving! Please see below for her speech. 

How amazing is this, Tahlia had the choice to choose any subject and she choose Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club and Surf Lifesaving!

Well done Tahlia, we are so proud of you!

Small Business Club 

Our small business for today is Rogers Dental.

With over 20 years of experience, Rogers Dental was born out of a passion for helping patients achieve healthy, comfortable and beautiful smiles. At our family owned and operated clinic, our philosophy is to treat our patients as if they were a member of our family. This ethos of caring and empathy, towards our patients and high quality dental care, forms the cornerstone of our practice. Located in the leafy suburb of Woodvale, Rogers Dental is committed to offering outstanding dental and denture care for you.

08 94099714 - Reception

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

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