Goolwa SLSC

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Registrations are now open for the 2022 – 23 Season.    


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Goolwa Surf Lifesaving Club

Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club is South Australia’s youngest club. It has been brought into existence by numerous dedicated volunteers who commit their time and efforts to keeping all beach users safe on the beach and in the water. In 2019 Goolwa SLSC moved into a brand-new clubhouse that includes an upstairs bar and dining area. All members and visitors are welcomed to the clubhouse to enjoy the views, purchase a beverage and dine on local grown food.

Recent Awards

2023 South Australian Trainer of the Year – Cassie Wilmot
2021 Australian Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Matt Burrage
2021 South Australian Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Tom Breen
2020 South Australian Lifeguard of the Year – Brady Hoppen
2018 Youth Surf Lifesaver Of The Year Cody Oughton (Goolwa SLSC)
2017 Club Of The Year (Goolwa SLSC)


The environment
The coastline of Alexandrina council boasts some of the best coastline within the state with Goolwa beach being one of the most popular. The Goolwa coastline offers a diversity of coastal experience including fishing, swimming kayaking and surfing.

While on most occasions the beach is a haven for visitors it can also be one of the most hazardous and dangerous stretches of coast in Australia.

People visiting the area have varying degrees of skill and experience and this can determine how well they will manage the change of conditions. This is why the need for Surf lifesavers in this area is crucial. Goolwa Surf lifesavers understand the conditions and regularly train at Goolwa beach. Our octogenarians have passed down their words of wisdom, rescue stories and great advice for us to then retell to our nippers and youth.

Thank you to the public
By supporting the Goolwa Surf lifesaving Club you insure a service is provided, as well as having resources available at times of emergency to assist those and difficulties.

You can help by registering your interest in becoming a Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club member.

Registrations are open from the 1st July for each season and follow the financial year calendar.
Club membership fees are due after the AGM (August) and before the end of November each year.

Season 2022/2023 Registration commences 1 July 2022
Fees due between 21 August 2022 and 30 November 2022
2022/2023 membership expires on the 30 November 2023


Season 2021 / 2022

Patrol Hours


First Aid Cases

Preventative Actions

Season 2020 / 2021

Patrol Hours


First Aid Cases

Preventative Actions

Season 2019 / 2020

Patrol Hours


First Aid Cases

Preventative Actions


For more information on our Nippers program and range of activities for current and prospective members.


For more information on our Youth program and range of activities for past, current and prospective members.


Find everything you need to know about becoming a member of our SLSC patrol groups.

New Members

If you would like to join the Goolwa SLSC as a new member, click the JOIN NOW button to complete the new members form.

Joining Instructions

Additional Information


ACTIVE - ACTIVE 18 years +
Patrolling member holding Bronze Medallion

ACTIVE - AWARD 18 years +
Patrolling member holding First Aid Award

YOUTH - ACTIVE15 –18 yrs
Patrolling member holding Bronze or other Award

YOUTH - CADET 13 –15 years
Patrolling member holding SRC, other awards
Member with no awards.

Social members of the club or
Expired award members -don’t wish to patrol or
Members of the club, who wish to volunteer to support life saving operations through other functions of the club.

Non-Award Members in a define role (Age Manager), or hold positions on the Board of Management or a Club Committee.

Member between Age of 5 -13 yrs, not holding SRC Award

Age Classification

AGE of a member is on the 30/09/2020.If a members birthday falls during the season then they will remain as their age on 30/09/2021.

If a child is 10 years old as of the 30/09/2021 and their birthday falls after this date, (say 02/10/21) and turns 11 years old, the member will remain in the 10 years age group for the season.

For awards Surf Rescue Certificate / Bronze Medallion the age is classified as their actual age at date of examination.

Junior Program (Nipper)

An Adult family member must join with child member participating in the Junior (nipper program). Age is of 30/09/2021.

Sports Vouchers

In Season 2020 / 2021 about 40% of presented Sports Vouchers were rejected by the Office of Recreation and Sport, as they had been previously used to pay membership fees for another sport. It is a requirement of Surf Life Saving Australia that all members are financial to ensure Insurance coverage. It is a requirement that all members are financial and if membership fees are outstanding this may lead to the members insurance being compromised.

Vouchers submitted BEFORE 31ST OCTOBER

Sports Vouchers must be submitted at time of registration, to ensure vouchers can be processed in time. If any vouchers are rejected then it provides member time to pay the full membership fees prior to the commencement of the program.

All payments by Sports Vouchers must be approved by the 31st October, prior to the program starting.


Returning or new members joining after the 1st November will be required to pay full fees. Sport Vouchers may be submitted and the club will refund the money to the member once approved.

COME AND TRY members submitting sports vouchers have until the 30th November. If rejected then it provides a member time to pay the full membership fees prior to the commencement of the program. Sports Voucher program closes at the 30th December.

All outstanding membership fees must be paid in full before any member participates in the junior or youth programs.

How to Join

For current members wanting to renew their membership, proceed to the MEMBERS AREA and renew your membership.

Renewal Instructions

Membership Fees

Family (of same immediate family)

2 Adults (Active, General, Associate) and 2 children (under 18 years) - $350

2 Adults with 3 Children or more (same family) capped at $400

Sports Vouchers may be used, see clause.

Age defined as on 30/09/20

It is a mandatory requirement for a parent to join with a child in nipper program.

Single Parent Family

1 Adult (Active/General, Associate) and 1 child under 18 years

Sports Vouchers may be used, see clause.

Age defined as on 30/09/21

It is a mandatory requirement for a parent to join with a child in nipper program.


Additional child of same immediate family as above

Under 13 years (nippers)

Sports Vouchers may be used, see clause.

It is a mandatory requirement for a parent to join with a child in nipper program.



Full time Education (Uni / Tafe)

Must produce Full Time Student Card


Youth Members

13 –17 years

Age defined as on 30/09/20


General Member

Social Member Associate Member (non-award)

18 years over


Active / Award Member

Patrolling members over 18 years

New Award members includes first issue of patrol shirt / shorts upon completion of award


COME AND TRY Nippers only

COME AND TRY Nippers only
2 sessions only. If decide to join 'Come and Try', this fee will be deducted from full membership fee.

Covers cost of mandatory requirements to have a high visibility rash top and cap. Retained by child to keep. (COVID19 no garments to be shared)

SLSSA Come and Try Waiver



Due to several members having outstanding carnival fees from last season.

All Carnival Fees MUST be paid at time of nomination and prior to close of entry.

No payment of fees means no entry.

If a member decides to withdraw from the carnival after entry, no refund will occur UNLESS State Centre refunds the entry fee to the club.



Our clubhouse is open to the public to enjoy the best views on the coast​ with some of the best views on the coast and has state of the art design features to accommodate our growing membership including surf operations garage area, first-aid room, training room and club change rooms. Enjoy an icy cold drink or a snack in the bar and recreation area and don't forget our venue hire for your own function!

We are excited to announce that the ‘Pelican Bistro’ will open in October 2022 to tempt your taste buds. The Bistro will initially open Friday Nights for Dinner service, Saturday afternoons for Lunch & Dinner service and Sunday for Lunch service. Stay tuned for updates.

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There are many benefits to being a member/volunteer at GSLSC and many opportunities to assist in the running of the club. We welcome enquiries and questions about what we can offer so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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