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Everything you need to know for the 2020/2021 Goolwa Surf Lifesaving season is here! Keep up to date with all our news, events and social get togethers. We also have the Surf Lifesaving SA calendar here as well. Make sure you follow us on Facebook where we post photos and regular updates.

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The Awards of Excellence 2021

The Awards of Excellence 2021
at the Adelaide Convention Centre
Saturday 26th June 2021.
Hosted by Surf Life Saving South Australia.

Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club were finalists for three awards and winner of two plus we had three life savers receive recognition for their 150+ hours of patrols over the 2020/21 season. The recipients were Tom Breen, Damion Burrage and Matt Burrage.

Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club was a finalist for the Chook and Beverly Fielder Patrol Efficient Award.

Finalist and Winner of Youth Surf Life Saver of the Year Award: Tom Breen.

Finalist and Winner of Surf Life Saver of the Year Award: Matt Burrage.

Goolwa SLSC Annual Dinner & Presentation
Sunday 24th January

Nippers is on today, a modified version will include water activities only. This ensures the Nippers beat the heat, continue learning and build the skills necessary to enjoy and be safe at the beach.

Any members who are concerned about the heat and the Nipper program are encouraged to see Georgia, Damion, Paul or Britta directly.

We are extremely fortunate to have such an experienced team who are also Nipper parents running the program. All weather concerned individuals should remain rest assured of the protocols and processses our Nipper management take.

Stay safe in the heat, swim between the flags and swim with a mate.

Goolwa Nippers

Covid Requirements 04/12/20

Hello all members

The BOM would like to advise all members that the new QR code is now up in different parts of our clubrooms.

We ask that all members scan the code and record their presence in the clubrooms. If you don’t have your phone, then a paper log is also available in the bar area, training room and the gear shed.

Bar Area

All members and their guests should scan the QR code. This means that every person in attendance should scan the QR code. A paper log will be available if required.


All Nipper parents, Age Managers etc. in attendance will be required to scan the QR code at the beginning of Nippers. A paper log will be available if required.

Training away from the Club

Teams training away from the clubhouse (i.e. Boaties) should scan the QR code. A copy of the code can be requested from Gavin Cousins 0434512097 for coaches to have for scanning.


Patrol members should scan the QR codes at commencement of patrol. A paper log will be available if required.

The mySA GOV app can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple app store.

Remember that this is for the safety of all people that use our facilities and we should be encouraging all to scan.


Nippers Manager - Georgia Livingston

I would like to formally acknowledge and congratulate our 20/21 Nippers Manager; Georgia Livingston on her position.

Georgia has been an active surf life saver and Nippers Age Manager since gaining her Bronze Medallion in 2015. Over the years, Georgia has been involved in many areas of the club including IRB racing, club fundraising, Nipper uniform design, and as an active member of the Goolwa Board of Managament.

Georgia is loved by the Nippers for her friendly nature, great laugh and her genuine dedication to making sure the Nippers understand beach and water safety. Georgia is an advocate for water safety and actively participates to show the kids that Goolwa Beach is a fun place, full of opportunities once you know the basics of beach and water awareness.

A regular at the beach, Georgia can be seen happily talking to Nipper parents about the programs and volunteering roles Goolwa SLS offers as well as sharing helpful information and tips on how to get the more involved in surf life saving.

Thank you from all of us for your passion and dedication Georgia.

Britta Corones
Vice President
Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club


Centrelink registered for volunteers

We wish to advise the general public that we are Centrelink registered for volunteers as follows:-

Our Organisation has Centrelink Approval for Volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Goolwa surf life saving club through the Centrelink program please contact Wendy Lippett at:


Latest announcements from the Government

Hi All,

Well I am sure you are all across the latest announcements from the Government.

There is obviously no activity or patrols permitted at Surf Life Saving Clubs for at least the next 6 days. We have all been asked to stay home, with the exception of one person leaving once a day to get food or medical supplies. Visiting the beach, patrolling, or going to the Club DOES NOT fit into this definition.

Nipper training has also been cancelled until further notice

Life saving SA have informed the Minister that we of course remain 24/7 rescue ready should SAPOL and the Government need to task us over the next 6 days.

We understand that after 6 days they will be shifting some of these restrictions for the following 8 days and as soon as we understand these, we will communicate with you all again.

As Brady has communicated to you all, he will advise when we can resume our proficiency training.

But for the next 6 days, look out for each other, look after each other and stay safe.

Please reach out and call, text or email if you need anything from me

Kind regards,

Club President


To all our Goolwa Nipper families.

News update for the next 2 weeks:
Nipper training under the current Directions “Community Sport Fixtures and Training are temporarily cancelled”.

The following cannot be delivered:
Weekend nipper activities
Other nipper training (such as board training/swimming) held during the week.

When the situation improves, we will hopefully revert to a more normal situation but for the next two weeks we implore you to assist us in being part of the solution.

Stay home and stay safe team! If your children are asking about Nippers, please let them know that we are thinking of them and we look forward to seeing them on the beach as soon as is possible. Quiz them on what they have learnt so far and if they would like to, ask them to draw a picture of Goolwa Nippers, send the pictures to us and we will upload them to Facebook.

Georgia – Nipper Manager
Paul – Nipper Coordinator
Britta – Child Safe Officer
Damion – Youth Coordinator   


CANCEL of sponsors night is Friday, 20th November 2020

The South Australian government late yesterday afternoon announced immediate COVID restrictions, affective from midnight yesterday. The information so far suggests temporary restrictions are for an expected duration of 2 weeks. These new restrictions include: Hospitality venue numbers capped at 100 per venue and 1 person per 4sq. This has impacted the clubs ability to run a social event.

This unfortunate announcement has left the club with no option but to cancel our sponsors night is Friday, 20th November 2020. The club of course will still be running this night at a later date, whether it is before Christmas or early in the New Year. I will keep you informed as the situation changes. In the meantime your membership and discount cards are still available behind the club bar. I also intend to post all cards that have not been picked up, out to you this week.

Club President
David Reynolds.

The club welcomes Brady Hoppen as the new Club Captain

The club welcomes Brady Hoppen as the new Club Captain. Brady joined Goolwa Surf lifesaving club in February 2011. Even though Brady has become the clubs youngest Club Captain, he brings a wealth of knowledge through his involvement with IRBs, Jet Ski operator, South Australian helicopter member and last year being awarded South Australian lifeguard of the year.

The board of management welcomes Brady aboard and believes this to be a well-deserved appointment. Brady has hit the ground running, organising patrols and club proficiencies. Congratulations Brady.

Club President
David Reynolds.

COVID-related practices

The 2020-2021 season is fast approaching and I am aware that you will be requiring some direction on COVID-related practices. We are

currently devising a matrix that will answer specific questions respective to each department, i.e. “Will temperature testing be required during training / carnivals / patrols”. I will endeavour to have the matrix complete and placed upon the SLSSA website

by the 8th of October, along with links to guiding documents, however, the information / links provided within this email will form the majority of the answers to those questions within the matrix.

With COVID-19 restrictions being ever-evolving, I have made a conscious effort to ensure that the timing of this email balances the relevance

and accuracy of the information, with allowing sufficient time for you to plan your activities. With a little under two weeks to go, I am confident that the information contained within this email will remain relevant for the start of the season and, with

minimal change to our practices, should allow sufficient time for implementation.

Nationally, all the state representatives have met several times to discuss this matter, together with national bodies such as the Medical

Advisory Group. As a result, it was agreed that although there may be some items for nation-wide adoption, predominantly each state will operate according to the level of risk posed by COVID-19 in their area and the regulations set by their respective state governments.

As we are fortunate that South Australia is not currently experiencing community transmissions of the virus, SLSSA clubs should approach

the patrolling season in the usual way, albeit with some extra precautions and considerations. Below are some recurring questions that the Lifesaving department have received. By providing answers to these questions, along with links to guiding state government

and SLSA documents, I believe that you will be armed with the necessary information to facilitate safe and effective patrol operations on the 10th of October.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your patience in awaiting this information, and ask that we all work together to ensure that our members stay safe.

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SLSSA Board Committees

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Senior State Championships

information and entries

Sunday BBQ’s

Come and enjoy a sausage sizzle on Sundays in front of the clubhouse. Enjoy the atmosphere and maybe catch a wave or two first!

Clubhouse Open

Our fantastic new clubhouse is now open this season! Take in some of the best views on the South Coast and have a cold drink and a bite to eat,
Saturday – (3pm to 6pm)
Sunday – (3pm to 6pm)


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.