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Congratulations to our very own Andrew Ridley who just won SLSA Coach of the Year!!!

Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club Rescue Water Craft Capability

Background. In 2016, Rescue Water Craft (RWC) or jet skis were recognised by Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) as being a standard item of patrol equipment and were made available for use by clubs in routine patrol activities. Whilst not considered mandatory patrol equipment, they have now been introduced by the majority of clubs into patrol activities to extend services outside the flags and improve the resources available to patrols.
Wesfarmers Jet Ski Teams. Members of the Wesfarmers Jet Ski Teams are typically involved in providing patrol services at their club location and water safety services in association with club activities. These teams are managed by each club, including responsibility for the service roster of each team member.
As a resource, jet skis continue to prove themselves as a valuable lifesaving tool and across the state 18 Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) now have access to this equipment and over 120 members are endorsed RWC Operators.
What’s happening at Sorrento? Sorrento’s participation in the Wesfarmers Jet Ski Program is supported via a Memorandum of Understanding with SLSWA. In essence the arrangement is as follows:
  • Sorrento SLSC will continue to commit the jet ski resource to any local lifesaving activity such as patrols, water safety or special events;
  • SLSWA will coordinate the development of rosters and tasking to support operational activity such as water safety at surf sport events, abalone patrols or emergency response call outs for search and rescue tasking; and
  • A pathway is established to support members in skill development and growth in operational capacity.
In 2020 the Sorrento SLSC RWC capability has greatly matured, with the qualification of nine new RWC Operators and the formation of a committed, responsible and cohesive team of 14 Operators. Our vision is to continue to grow and develop the group’s capabilities and contribution to lifesaving activities across the state and in particular, to encourage and support the qualification and inclusion of female team members.
The Sorrento RWC Team is led by RWC Coordinator, Damien Newbold and Lead Trainer, Richard Elderfield.
Over the coming season and in to the future, expect to see much more of the Sorrento RWC at our beach and in support of other SLSWA activities. We also aim to conduct RWC familiarisation with Sorrento patrols, including getting Bronzies out on the back of the jet ski for awareness sessions.
How do you become an RWC Operator? To operate an RWC, a person must have successfully completed the RWC Operator Course. The purpose of this course is to develop an individual’s skills and knowledge to safely and effectively drive an RWC. The course is challenging and requires a minimum of 20 hours of practical experience on the RWC, performing tasks to the standards required in a range of conditions.
At Sorrento, candidates for the course must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  • Be at least 17 years of age to commence training;
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the date of final assessment;
  • Hold a Bronze Medallion;
  • Hold a current, valid vehicle license with tow capacity;
  • Hold a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST);
  • Complete a 400m prequalification swim under 8 minutes;
  • Complete the 200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run under 6 minutes; and
  • An IRB Driver qualification is highly desirable, but not essential.
Like more information? If you have any further questions about the RWC capability, how it is operating at Sorrento or how to be part of the team in the future, please direct enquiries through the Lifesaving Director or speak informally to one of the team.
To find out more about what's involved, visit:


BRONZE AND SRC: Requal sessions will now be held at 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Meet at the top of the ramp.
The requal sessions will progress more quickly if everyone can take a few minutes to refamiliarise themselves with the key elements of the award.  Review your manual.  And in particular, practice your signals.  See chart below for the current signals.
The requal sessions are an opportunity to refresh and practice key life saving skills, not just to tick off a chore to renew your award!  Hopefully it never happens to you but just imagine if someone close to you needed help.  You’d be thankful you paid attention in the requal and refreshed your skills.  Don’t leave the requal until you are confident in your capability.  Ask questions.  Take the opportunity to practice.

ADVANCED RESUSITATION:  We are hoping to be able to offer an ART requal session at 8am on Sunday.  Limit is 10 people.  First in.


WA Surf League Teams for Sorrento

Good luck to everyone racing!

*Please note, coaches and managers may make changes on the day!
If you have any questions, please speak to Adrian Kirkpatrick not your coaches.

Sorrento Dolphins - Youth
Team Manager - Lisa Thomson 

Kai Belmont
Ben Snook
Brett Wainright
Ben Snook
Hollie Bertonlini
Harriet Chin
Abi Phillips
Zahra Buckley

Sorrento Dolphins - Open
Team Manager - Claire Rafferty & Michael Booth

Lucas Wilson
Kye Bostwick
Daniel Snook
Charlie Rigby
Jessica Madden
Ashlee Booker
Sydney Rafferty
Ella Packer

Adult Ski Sessions - Beginners

Will start Saturday 2/1/2021 - 8am - 9pm

If you would like more info please email

Senior Carnival Entries - Secret Harbour 

Enter to our club office by 12pm on 18/11/2020

Pay here - Entity to pay is Sorrento SLSC WA -

Boat Comp - Coogee Beach

Sunday 8th November saw the first boat carnival for the season at Coogee Beach. Representing Sorrento was the Gypseas open ladies crew. There was 3 heats with the Gypseas placing  2nd in each heat
In the open ladies' final the Gypseas placed 6th in a very tight finish.
Well done to the crew of Luke Ferrier Sweep, Bec Ferrier, Jo Barram, Aimee Dagnia and  Alia Joy Luhn.
The Boats are always looking to attract new rowers so any member can become involved just by contacting myself Peter Watkins on 0419 471 470 and we can arrange a time to get you in the boats for a tryout.
Yours in Boats

Peter Watkins


A bit of a long newsletter this week, but there is a lot going on in the Youth space and many opportunities to participate in a range of activities with your surf club friends.  Please take a few minutes to have a read…..

This new article covers:
-Secret Harbour Carnival:  Sunday 22nd Nov
-Bowling Social Event: Saturday 28th Nov.
-Sunday morning update, and upcoming Youth Pathway courses
-Six-week ski program kicks off

Secret Harbour Carnival :  Sunday 22nd Nov….Come and join in !!!

We would love to see a large group of youth at the first senior carnival of the season at Secret Harbour on Sunday 22nd November for some fun and friendly competition with other surf clubs along the coast. There is no selection for this event you just need to register at the link below  and come along and have a crack.
There are individual and team events including flags, sprints, 2km beach run, surf race, iron, board race, board and Cameron relays. You can enter one or all the events or something in between. We have a number of families travelling down who are happy to provide a seat on the car so if you need help getting there let Greg or Rhian know.
Link to the program is below:
Once we have all the registrations, we will look at organising the relay teams. Entries are due by 12 noon Wednesday 18th November and the cost is $20 per person: you pay Sorrento SLSC WA at this link  
Registration link below:
We are forward to seeing team Green out in force!
Social Event:  Bowling on Sat 28 Nov 6-8 pm
We are planning Youth Social event at Super Bowl Warwick.  The cost is  $23 for 2 games. Please email Marina if you would like to come.  It would be great to see you all there!!
Sunday Morning… doesn’t get much better
How was that weather!! Near perfect conditions and a great turn-out with 50 of our Youth making it today. Thank you!!
Thank you also to Lisa for running the swim and Water Arena. Tim, Matt, Hal,  Greg and Darren for keeping it all running smoothly across all arena’s and the youth that helped with setup and running the flags arena.

Today kicked off with a good solid swim. Fantastic effort by all and great to see everyone taking on the longer option. Then we moved onto a Team Jasmine (U14) v Team Hayden (U15+) Tug-o-War. The final challenge involved the leaders working with their teams to complete a separate quick challenge before being able to get a full team back on the rope. Team Jasmine were able to get the muscle onto the rope quickest and won narrowly. Now warmed up we moved back to the water for a board relay / rescue and then split for either a choice of water area or beach.
Remember: If you have any ideas that you would like to run by the Age Manager team please let us know. Happy to always get great ideas.

As a reminder:

Key Courses & Pathway Dates:

4 Simple Steps to Follow:
  1. Register with SLSWA: MyBeach Portal - Members / Youth_Program / Pathways. This has the dates for the "Contact" part of the course.
  • Youth Officials Course: 28 Nov 11-1pm, Surf House; 28 Jan, 2-4pm Surf House
  • Youth Age Manager: 21 Nov, 12noon Surf House
  • Youth Coach: 6 Feb, Trigg Beach
  • Youth Trainer: 21 Nov, 9am Surf House
  • Youth Event Producer: 9 Jan, 9am Surf House
2. You will get a confirmation / reply with next steps from Surf House;
3. If there is an online component: Sign into SLSA Members Portal and enjoy the course 😊
4. Let us know when you are complete!
Thanks for making our Sunday Sessions fun and easy to run!
Jeff & Tim
6 week Ski Program starts….
Great day for the start of lessons at Hillarys Marina – Day started with a super turnout of parents and youth for a lesson on how to load skis on the trailer.

Probably the best team of parents so far in getting involved to get the job done – special shout out to Anthony “BLUE” O’Neil who took control of trailer towing duties as well as general organisation.
On the water at the Marina, coaches Leanne and Les were very happy with lesson 1 progress of the 16 youth involved– looks like some good talent out there, plus a lot of fun had.

On return, as is typical at Sorrento, always people around looking to lend a hand – Mark “Lewy” Lewis gave good instruction on how best to wash-down the skis.
Nice work Sorrento!

So Cafe at Sorrento SLSC

Wednesday Night 

Nasi Goreng
Honey Soy chicken
Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Salad
Stir fry Broccoli with Sesame Seeds

To book please email

Adults - $15
Kids - $10

Where to find Club Information 
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Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA
PO BOX 18 
Hillarys WA 6025
08 9448 1431

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