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Some of our members at the Hillarys Fireworks on Saturday afternoon. 


Rock Rescue and Patient Retrieval Training 

SLSWA are running a PD session on Advanced Lifesaving Skills. Clubs are asked to please circulate to their relevant members ASAP to avoid missing out as numbers are strictly limited to 24.

When: 9am to 12pm, Saturday, 14 December

Where: Sorrento SLSC

More info: Priority will be given to RWC operators and members on Abalone Patrol. Minimum requirements: Bronze Medallion. Contact Domenic Cowdell at SLSWA for further details and to register your interest.


These are now finished for the season.  A huge thanks to all the Sorrento Trainers and Assessors who gave up their time over 9 sessions during November to requal hundreds of people.  At the same time we have been running a Bronze course and put over 40 people through the Nipper Rescue Certificate.  The Sorrento trainers and assessors are a truly amazing group of people contributing so much to the club.

Donation of Blankets for First Aid Room
If anyone has any spare blankets for our first aid room, can you please drop them into the office during office hours or just pop them in the first aid room. Thank you!

Hillary’s Fireworks 
What a great night with lots of first aid cases and lost children. 
I was so pleased with the turn out and the feedback from the organisers commenting how great and professional you all conducted your selves. We also had some general public saying how supportive you were while attending to their injuries. Please enjoy some of the photos below. Big shout out to all the new SRC holders who attended the night and the bronze holders who supported them. This is why Sorrento is so great when it comes to patrols and events.

Trainers and Assessors 
Thanks must go to the hardest working people around the club at the beginning of each season and that is our Trainer’s and Assessors this season.  The team have done all requals for another season for the last month. Coming down every Saturday and Sunday to take our members through. As well as 3 SRC courses and 3 bronze courses while covering assessments for other clubs and not forgetting Stephen Thomas for his hard work throughout the season for organising everything education.
This man needs a medal for the work he puts in with his trusted friend Christine when it comes to scheduling the patrol and keeping them updated week after week and issuing patrol uniforms. Thank you.
Big thanks goes to Muzz for looking after the equipment and redesigning the boat shed. Thank you for everything you for Lifesaving and the club.
Thanks to Aran and his trusted friend Ian Smallwood for their hard work with requals and sorting out the IRB engines.

Is doing a great job with the first aid equipment and making sure it’s all stocked up. Thank you and well done! 
Thanks to the Jet Ski team for their constant support of the club keeping us safe. Thank you!
Thanks to Gerry for filling the vehicles each week, it has been great and you’re doing a great job!
Thanks to my wife for her support while I do the things I do for surf lifesaving. I couldn’t do it without you!
Please note all of the above are volunteers and dont get paid,  if you have the time please take the time to thank them if you see them. I am sure they will appreciate it 
See you on the beach!
Garry Bunford 
Director of Lifesaving 


Another superb morning on the beach for our magnificent youth. On any given week our youth can be found in various locations and this weekend was no exception. Some were assisting Golly’s green caps (U9’s) with coaching from our youth who compete. Thank you to Tim Berry (U19) who ran the board session, Caleb Bailey (U15), Brett Wainwright (U15) and Kai Belmont (U14) who ran the flags station as well as any other youth who coached this nippers group.

Other youth were on patrol, some were participating in the surf ski development squad, about 40 were at our usual Sunday morning session which involved boards training, swim and beach activities, some are fully qualified age managers for various nippers groups, others assisted with water safety for nippers groups, whilst we were also fortunate enough to have the wonderful boaties come and give the youth some turns out on the surf boat.  Thank you to Greg Belmont (Youth Manager) and his team of helpers Dean Solly, Jeremy Stevens and Ian Goldberg for always running our Sunday morning youth sessions.

Surf Ski Development 6 Week Course
Over the last 6 Saturday mornings, Chris Milne (Surf Ski Development Coordinator) with Leanne Lewis and Les Goodliffe (Surf Ski Coaches) have run a programme for youth, U15 and above, who are interested in learning to paddle, with the aim of joining the Sunday morning surf ski development squad. This Sunday was the last week for the course and thus the youth who participated, graduated to the development squad. Thanks needs to go to Les, Leanne and Chris for giving up their Saturday mornings to teach these skills over at Hillarys Marina before moving to Sorrento Beach, as well as the superb parents of these youth, who assisted with loading and towing the trailer to and from the marina. Leanne, Les and Chris also volunteer their Sunday mornings to train the youth development squad that our new paddlers have now joined.

Our Club Trainers
Whilst I am on the subject of volunteering, I would like to thank all our trainers who have given up their Saturday and Sunday mornings for 4 weekends to run requal sessions. They also ran SRC and Bronze courses over the school holidays each term this year, which provided another 50 plus youth to our invaluable patrol fraternity. I would especially like to mention Paul Berry, one of our long term trainers, who went over and above to assist, Austin Leggo (U14), who, due to recent head surgery, was unable to complete his SRC qualification. Paul came down and personally supervised Austin on Sunday for the practical component of this qualification and I believe the photo below reveals why this effort was worth it.
Club Swim
The Youth Development Team are currently running the club swim, which is open to all members. If you would like to participate, please head to the youth flag, which is directly in front of the boat ramp, near the water’s edge, and sign in at 8.45am.
The swim then starts at 9am and the 200m or 400m course options are available. Bill Whaley, who was our club swim coordinator, has moved interstate and thus we are looking for one of our senior members to step into this position. If you are available, please email the wonderful Jess in the office and we will get it organised. Thank you to Lesley Solly, Chris Tennent and Dale Ward for taking the times and names of all those that participate. Parent helpers are always appreciated.
Results, of top 5, from this week are as follows:

400 metre course
Jay Solly                            6.10
Trent Solly                         6.16
Danny Kelly                       6.20
Kaila Roche                       7.25
Ella MacAphee                  7.28

200 metre course
Seb Sayers                        3.50
Mia Cubeddu                      4.15
Rudi O’Neill                        4.17
Jake Campbell                    6.25
Billie Armstrong                   6.38
Youth Newsletter
As well as this excellent club newsletter, we have a weekly newsletter specifically for youth. If you haven’t supplied me with the parent and youth email addresses yet, please do so at  
Youth Numbers
Our numbers for youth are continuing to climb and just this Sunday we added another 2 enrolments to the U14 age group, which now takes us to 202 youth members aged between U14 to U19. This is a magnificent effort and a true reflection of what we have been working towards, which is providing a programme for youth who have finished nippers or are new to surf club altogether, and want to learn new skills in both the land and water arenas, or who want to compete and represent Sorrento at the various carnivals throughout the season, or want to gain their SRC or Bronze award and then volunteer their time to patrol our beaches, or simply want to spend some time on the beach, with their peers, exercising and socialising.
Out of the 202 youth members, about 40 of them are new and many of these have never attended surf club before, so we are continually finding untapped talent that we are encouraging to further develop their skills through the many excellent training programmes supplied by our very experienced and successful coaches.
Beginner Board Training with Matt Rowe
A reminder to youth that Matt Rowe, our club board captain, is kindly running coaching sessions for U13 and above on Wednesday mornings from 6 to 7am. I know some youth attended last week, which is fantastic, and I would like to see more take up this invaluable opportunity because if programmes like this aren’t supported then they are not viable to run.
Hillarys Boat Harbour Fireworks Patrol
Thank you so much to the huge numbers of youth who volunteered their time, from 4.30pm to 9.30pm last Saturday night, to patrol for our club at the First Day of Summer Fireworks. Remember to put in your patrol hours and points for the YIP (Youth Incentive Programme).
New Youth Development Coordinator
The superb Chris Crowley has stepped down as our Youth Development Coordinator, in anticipation for his move East later in the season. As a result, Chris Milne, is now the Coordinator. This doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing Chris Crowley as he will still be around for our Sunday youth sessions before the big move. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of both the mighty Dark Blue Caps, when we were nippers, as well as the Youth Team to unreservedly thank Chris for all he has done for this club over his many years of involvement. He started as an age manager in nippers for his oldest daughter Jess, who is now in the U19 age group, then moved to the dark blue caps as age manager for the U13s, where son Joe was located. The dark blue caps then moved into the youth arena and developed the current youth programme with numbers continuing to grow every week. This programme could not have developed or being as successful without the enthusiasm, encouragement and energetic advocacy of Chris as he worked with the board and other groups to gain the best possible outcome for youth. You will be sorely missed for all you do and for all you are. Thank you from everyone at Team Sorrento.
Kylie Milne (Youth Liaison) and Chris Milne (Youth Development Coordinator/Youth Surf Ski Development Officer)
Woodside Nippers
Junior Disco 
A Huge thank you to all the Nippers and their families that came to the Junior Disco on Friday night and got your boogie on! It was great to see so many of our nippers enjoying the evening.
We had a load of volunteers to cook and serve the crew. We really appreciate your help as it gives us the ability to raise much needed funds so the club can provide a strong and safe program for our near 800 members in the Nipper program. Thank you the Adrian, Kerry, Niel, Trent, Sally, Ron, Jasmine, Zahra, Paula, Niall, David, Deb, Megan, Jono and Lee for volunteering at the BBQ. Also the staff in the bar and cafe played a stormer even with the fridge testing your ability to roll with the punches! Good job!  I’m always forgetting to mention our Senior Age Managers who promote and encourage these events. Thanks to all of you!

To Jess, Anthony and Amanda making sure we had everything set up before the evening. Thank you to our  Jazzy Jeff who kept the crew engaged with a great mix of new and old songs for all ages, I highly recommend him if your needing a DJ. These functions are put on for a variety of reasons but mainly to encourage real friendships amongst not only our nippers but also our parents and guardians. Having a social and positive environment is a key to building a strong and healthy club.
Alkimos Development Carnival
Well done and congratulations to all our awesome nippers who headed up to the development carnival for the U10 to U13 on the weekend. This was our first hit out for the season against other clubs. I have it on good authority that Sorrento were well drilled in all disciplines and  competed fair. Good sportsmanship was shown in all ages so super effort athletes!
Thank you to Burchy for organizing the trailer, boards and tents to and from the carnival. Thanks to all the brilliant Age Managers who went up along with our  parents that helped in water safety and officials. Great job without your involvement, Sorrento nippers cannot compete.
A special mention to our club referees Garry Bunford and Roger Nowell, you guys did super job! Parents please remember these carnival’s are great for all our children’s development in learning to compete. Also for giving them realistic and reachable goals as they improve.
Placings are not the main aim and nor should they be. It’s about getting our kids off the couch away from all the tech they are surrounded by getting them moving, anything more than that is a bonus!
Little Nipper Development Carnival

Good luck to the U8 and U9 athletes heading to Mullaloo this Sunday for the first hit out for the season. Have fun and enjoy your experience. Parents please help out our age managers providing water safety for our officials.
Thank you for being part of Sorrento
See you on the beach!

Keiron Burke
Junior Director
Love the beauitful friendships we make at Sorrento!
SLSA Super Surf League 

So proud of our Sorrento athletes Jackson Symonds, Charlie Rigby, Sydney Rafferty and Ella Packer who mixed it with the best in Australia on the weekend in Rd 1 of the Super Surf League. Rd 2 is in 2weeks time in Queensland. Good luck guys!!!

Jackson, Charlie, Sydney and Ella with their WA team mates on the weekend. 
Secret Harbour Senior Carnival 

14th December 2019 - Entires due Wednesday 11th December by 9am

$20 per person on the online portal (Enity to pay is Sorrento SLSC WA) -

All details on the comp here -

A reminder to all, that selecting teams for Senior carnival is a tough job and the coaches do there best to do what is right for the team and the club as per Club selection Policy, If anyone has a issue with team selection please email our comp director Adrian and not the coaches. 

Adrian -
Aussies Fundraising

The Sorrento Surf Life Saving Team who are going to the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast in April 2020 would love to look professional when representing the club nationally.

All funds raised will be used to purchase a new club uniform and ensure that the club colours are worn proudly by all of the competing athletes.

How to support Sorrento Surf Club:
Select 12 bottles of  wine from the list below – the price and the donation will show automatically. Then enter your name, phone, email and delivery details and Click to Place Your Order to complete your purchase via our secure Pay Pal payment system (all credit cards accepted).

20% of sales are donated directly to Sorrento Surf Club:
Delivery to anywhere in Australia is freight free. The minimum order is 12 bottles and there-after in multiples of 12 bottles. Delivery takes from 5-7 work days in Perth and 7 – 10 work days elsewhere in Australia.Wise Wine is a small family owned winery established in 1992 situated at Eagle Bay at the northern end of the Margaret River wine region. Wise makes over 20 high quality wine varieties and styles. Wine making is carried out under the guidance of award winning winemaker, Larry Cherubino. You will find wines below to suit all tastes and budgets.

Click on the link below to order 

So Cafe Menu - Wednesday Night 

Open from 5:30pm 

Marinated Chicken
Marinated Steak
Potato Gratin
Garden salad

Adults - $15 
Kids - $10

For bookings please email

So Cafe Menu - Friday Night 

Open from 5:30pm

Caesar Salad
Chicken Schnitzel

Adults - $15 
Kids - $10

For bookings please email


Due to increased costs the nipper meals will increased by $2 , from $8 to $10 effective from Wednesday 4th December.
All kids under 3 will eat free.

This beer costs more than others to purchase so we are increasing to $6, effective immediately

Japan Ski Trip 
If you are interested in travelling to Japan for a week of snow skiing with a group of us from Sorrento SLSC early 2021 come to a meeting this Saturday 7th December at 10am in the courtyard. 

Any queries contact Wendy Goodliffe on 0431 911 471.

Club Raffles on Wednesday Nights
Thanks to two of our sponsors THE NORTHSHORE TAVERN and 5 STAR MEATS both located in Whitford’s Shopping Centre we are raffling $25 Vouchers.
The Northshore Tavern can be found opposite the library and next door to State Swim. They offer specials on food and drinks every day except Sunday including Kids eat Free on a Monday as well as a comprehensive programme of events.
5 Star Meats is near Woolworths and offer fantastic Quality Family Meat Packs as well as my favourite, HOT Lamb and Pork Shanks. Also they are offering some great Christmas Packs and taking orders now.
Tickets can be purchased at $5 for 3, from 6pm on, with the raffle been drawn at 7pm.

Please support our sponsors and the club and let them know you are from Sorrento.
See you on Wednesday!


Where to find Club Information 
Uniform Shop Hours -
Office Opening Hours -
Club Calendar -
Patrol Roster and Teams -
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Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA
PO BOX 18 
Hillarys WA 6025
08 9448 1431

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