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Patrols start this weekend with McDonald patrol on Saturday from 9am to 12..00 and Harding Patrol on Sunday from 9am to 12.00.
20/21 Patrol Roster and patrol team list
The 20/21 patrol roster and Patrol Teams have been released and are available on the club website and also on the patrol board in the boatshed.
As we require everyone to ‘opt in’ for their patrol teams this year, if your name is not on the list and you intend patrolling this year please let the office know. To “opt in” means you intend to attend the majority of your rostered patrols or make every effort to arrange a substitute for any patrols you can’t make.
If we don’t hear back from you will not be added to any patrol teams.
Arranging a substitute
We acknowledged that getting a substitute can be difficult at times, therefore to make it easier to find a substitute we are offering a number of options:
  • There is a fantastic on line Patrol Swap tool in the ‘SLSA Members Portal’ (, which every member has access to. Simply log in and under the Patrol tab and you can request a substitute for any patrols that you can’t attend and also under Patrol Swap you can see a list of patrols where others have requested a substitute and nominate yourself to fill in for them. The system also sends an acknowledgement email to both parties when a swap has been accepted
Further details:
  • You can also still use the patrol face book page if you wish
  • Once the teams are finalised we will be setting up a buddy system across patrols where we will assign everyone to groups of people that you can contact and ask for a swap.
Auxiliary Patrol
We also acknowledge that some members have difficulty in committing to a roster due to other commitments (e.g. work commitments, FIFO etc) yet still wish to patrol and fulfill their club and community service. If you don’t think you can commit to a roster as per above, there is an option to be on included in an Auxiliary Patrol Team, which means you are not included in the roster and can fulfill your hours by filling in as a substitute for others or attending patrols when you can – you need to advise us if you wish to nominate to the Beach Committee for inclusion in the Auxiliary Patrol.
19/20 Patrol Photo
Due to the abrupt end to last season caused by Covid 19 we were unable to have our traditional End of Season Patrol Photo. We are still determined to ensure that we have a photo to mark the 19/20 season and will have a belated, yet somehow socially distanced photo on Sunday 25th October at 1pm, so come down in your patrol uniform and be part of club history. The bar will be open for refreshment’s.

Bronze Medallion
Final call for the bronze course that starts this coming weekend.  Contact the office to sign up.  The course is going ahead as we do have enough interest.   There's a prequalification swim of 400m that needs to be done in less than 9 mins.  Candidates also need to be at least 15 on the date of the assessment and to be paid up members of the club.
Prequal swim Saturday 17th October 8:30am
Course then runs Saturday mornings (7.30 - 9.30am) and Thursday nights (6.30 - 8.30pm)
Course duration approx 8 weeks dependent on candidate progression and weather.
The main requal sessions for ART, Bronze and SRC will be in November as per previous years.  We will hold requal sessions every Saturday and Sunday in November 9 – 11am.  This takes a lot of effort to organise.  Please utilise these sessions or advise the office in advance if you cant make any sessions in November.

Jetski Course

After 12 weeks of training at various locations in mostly challenging conditions 9 trainees passed their assessment at Trigg. The Wesfarmers  Rescue Water Craft team truly represents a strong demonstration of inter club relationships. Our Sorrento RWC operators have developed not only the high level of skill to operate the RWC, they have forged strong relationships with other clubs. Secret Harbour, Scarborough and Trigg.
Well done team!


Season Start
Finally……..Youth kicks off this coming  Sunday morning (18th October) at 8.45 am.  See you  on the beach by the Youth Flag.  The Age Managers and myself are looking forward to seeing you  all on the beach.
Please ensure that  you  bring a cap and hi-vis vest, as well as goggles, water and sunscreen.  A long sleeve shirt and hat are also recommended.   Sorrento caps and hi-vis vests are available from the uniform shop which will re-open on Wednesday 21st Oct (Wed. nights 4.30-6.00pm, Sun. morning 7.30-9.00am).  Please feel free to use a nippers  hi -vis vest for the first session if you  do not have a Sorrento one.  At a minimum, all Youth participating in water activities are required to be wearing a high-vis vest. 
Youth Wind Up
Thanks to all you  who supported and attended the end of Season wind up / season kick-off   last  Sunday.   It was a long time coming in, but we got there in the end.  There was a  fantastic turnout from our magnificent youth, their families, Youth Age managers (past and present), as well as Club President, Board members, coaches and trainers.  Many thanks to last season’s Age managers and support staff, this season’s Youth committee as well as all those Sorrento leaders who came along to provide an overview of the activities available to the Youth this upcoming season.  This included Patrols (Leif), Surf Skis (Chris) IRB (Aran), Dolphins (Colleen), Competitions (Adrian) and Coaching / Training (Lisa).  We’ll follow up with additional information on Surf boats and Competition Officials as the season progresses.
A big thank you to Mr Paella and his team for providing delicious meals to everyone. A professional outfit and definitely a business to keep in mind if you need to cater for a function.
2020 / 2021 Patrol teams
As highlighted by Leif on Sunday night, there have been a number of changes to the Patrol Roster and structure for the upcoming season, including the requirement to “opt in” to Patrols.  We will send a separate email to all of the Youth registered  for this season with the current Patrols teams and Patrol Roster.  Please take a few minutes to read this email and take the required actions as appropriate. 
19/20 Patrol Photo
Due to the abrupt end to last season caused by Covid 19 we were unable to have our traditional End of Season Patrol Photo. We are still determined to have a photo to celebrate the 19/20 season and will have a belated photo on Sunday 25th October at 1pm, so please come down in your patrol uniform and be part of club history. We would love to see you all there and the bar will be open for refreshment’s.
Upcoming events
This Saturday Oct. 17th is Round two of the WA Ironman Series.  Good luck to all those competing.
Special Recognition and Thanks
Lastly I would like to recognise the efforts of Chris and Kylie Milne.  They have both made a significant contribution to Sorrento Nippers and Youth over a number of years.  This included Chris as a Board member and Kylie as the Youth Liaison Manager last season even when they no longer had any Youth involved.  Kylie did an fantastic job of organising the end of season function, and I would like to recognise Chris’s support to me as I have transitioned into the Development Director role this season.  I look forward to seeing them around the Club, and Chris will still support us through his involvement in Surf skis.
On behalf of all Youth both past and present, parents and carers,  I would like to thank Chris and Kylie.



Hopefully, all our Sorrento families have enjoyed the school holidays, finished their winter sports, and are getting keen for the season to start. 

We have a brilliant team of coaches,age managers, and water safety  that donate their valuable time to help Sorrento provide the most comprehensive training program on the coast, so I thank each and every one of you for making it happen and look forward to having on board for this upcoming season. 

On the training front, we have two more disciplines returning to training  Over the next few weeks.

R&R training starts on Saturday the 17th of October with two start times 7 am and 8 am. 

If you’re new to surf club or not sure what R&R is, it is Rescue and Resuscitation. 

It is the traditional side of the surf club and gives the nippers a head start on the resuscitation side of surf life-saving.  All are welcome to come and give it a go. You only need to bring a partner.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask Theresa Gartlan on

We would love to see some more teams getting involved; we have been a very successful club at R&R; let’s keep it that way 

Beach Training U8 to U13
For all our beach sprinters and flag combatants 
Stef, Grant, and Belly are looking to light up the sand this season so let’s get down to training. 

Beach Training will start back on Friday the 23rd of October, beginning at 5 pm, please meet on the grass in front of the club bring age cap from last season and, of course, a water bottle.

Club Social Media
Starting this season (2020/2021), Sorrento SLSC will be implementing a wrist band system to subtly identify families who do not wish for their child(ren) to have their images used on a club based social media sites to promote the club.

These wrist bands will be available at the front office for $2, it will be your responsibility to obtain one and ensure that it is worn at all surf club sessions (Sunday mornings and training sessions) 
The Big M Swim 
It was great to see so many of our older nippers do the big M swim on Sunday. Congratulations to every one of you for having a crack; it was also good to see a few parents jumping in; well done to the organizing committee; apart from the weed, it was another great event run by the club. 

Endurance Championship
On the 31st of October, This upcoming season, U12 and U13 can enter the race held at our very own beach. Please look up the details in the links below and register if your Nipper is up for the challenge.

Register here -

Thank you for your support and I hope your getting excited for the season to start like me! 

Keiron Burke
Junior Director


Ski Training

Welcome to the start of the brand new and exciting season in Spec Skis. 
We kicked off on Tuesday morning with a good turnout of paddlers on the water at 6am. A big thank you to all those who came along, great to see so many spec skis being dusted off, and one even getting a very intense shampoo. As was planned Michael Booth joined us and spent time getting to know our crew.
Michael will be taking sessions intermittently, going forward, and will be writing our training programs. These programs will be spec ski specific, focusing on getting us ready for competitions during the season, and tweeking techniques along the way.
Whilst all Sorrento paddlers are welcome to join these sessions, Michaels's focus will be on the spec ski paddlers. Those of you who wish to get the most out of these sessions and do not have a spec ski, but wish to train on one, we encourage you to get to training at least 15 minutes early to set up a club ski so as not to hold up the group.  Please contact Peta Watkins – Ski Captain to arrange any club ski’s.
Looking forward to seeing more of you on the water in the coming weeks.
Training times at the moment for spec skis specifics is Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6am.
Les and Leanne.

Old Salts 

Thanks again to Sorrento Old Salts for their ongoing support and helping out with the office furniture last week, you did a great job!! 

Plumber Needed

We are looking for a Licensed Plumber to install the Ice Machine in the First Aid room, if anyone can help us out please email

The Big M Swim

Well done team Sorrento - you pulled off a super effort in our inaugural "Sorrento BIG M community swim". The event committee which included 
Christine Cougan, Paul Green, Guy Burnett, Ron Clarke, Ken Jenner and Dave Norton were ecstatic with the outcome.

The 396 registrations made up a huge field and the feedback has been a very good advertisement for Sorrento SLSC. A special mention must be made for all the wonderful volunteers on the day.  

On the beach and on the water they were an inspiration. 

We loved the spirit in which everyone participated, - one of community involvement and sharing. There should be more of it.

Our focus now, turns however to the planing for our "Watermans to the Wall" 2021 on a date in late April.
Dave Norton
Swimmers checking out the course before the start of the 2M Ultra 2.4k event. The swimmer in the red bathers was the Ultra course winner Andrew Donaldson in the time of 27:41 minutes. The other events on the day were the 1M (1.2k) and the 1/2M (600mt).

Rogers Dental

Shop 21,
153 Trappers Drive,
Woodvale, 6026 Western Australia
08 94099714

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!

Any questions please email on


The shop will be re-open on Wednesday 21st October 2020.

It will be open on the below days and times this season!

Wednesday Nights 4:30-6pm
Sunday Morning - 7:30-9pm

So Cafe at Sorrento SLSC

Wednesday Night - Burgers

• Beef
• Chicken
• Vegetarian
• Chips

Salad for burgers - lettuce, cheese, tomato, pickles, beetroot, onions.

To book please email

Adults - $15
Kids - $10

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

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