North Queensland Newsletter – December Issue

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and seas on which we deliver our lifesaving services.  We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Etty Bay U19 Female and Reserve Grade Male Boat Crews have travelled to Tugun this past weekend to compete in the QLD Cup Round in tough conditions.
Great effort and skills have been shown by both crews making the Etty Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and NQ Branch proud.

Our Volunteer Patrols have lowered their flags and the Lifeguards have taken over our vigilant services on the beach – it must be Summer and close to the Festive Season!
Whilst the NQ Season has drawn to a close we are busy reviewing the year and planning for next year.  We have some HUGE announcements for next season which are a culmination of the hard work and advocacy that is done on behalf of all members and clubs of the North Queensland Branch to ensure a better Life Saving Experience for all.
A huge thank you to those who attended the NQB Strategic Plan Review, where we recognised the objectives of the branch that have been achieved and solidified the priorities of our members, clubs and the branch for the next 2 years.
I am also very pleased to announce that Jemima Eveans has taken on the role of Director of Surf Sports for the North Queensland Branch (whilst also maintaining her role of Deputy President) the casual vacancy of Deputy President has been filled by Nicola Williams. Congratulations Nicola and thank you for joining the North Queensland Branch Board.
Our 2023 Branch Calendar will be released soon, so if you know anyone who wants to join our wonderful movement we will be running a pre-season BM and SRC Course to help them prepare to join ranks!
I hope those eligible active members are enjoying their membership subsidy for SLSQ for the coming season that has been processed through your clubs.  Thank you.
Our Awards of Excellence nominations have been released and I encourage you to nominate either yourself or others who are worthy of formal recognition for their great work.  They can also go on to win a State or National award!
In closing, thank you to our Board of Directors, Regional Office Staff, and everyone who has contributed to Surf Life Saving across North Queensland .
Stay Safe, I hope you enjoy a special time with those close to you, see you on the beach in 2023.

Rachael Wynberg
President, NQ Branch

 2022/2023 Awards of Excellence Nominations are now
This is your opportunity to acknowledge and show appreciation for members in your Club for their outstanding efforts and commitment to NQ Life Saving in 2022. The link for North Queensland members to begin nominating is - 
Nominations Close Friday 24th March 2023

To assist this year’s process is the
2022/2023 Awards of Excellence Template – NQ Branch
This template is to assist members with filling in the Jotform as they can follow the steps in the word document with suggestions on nomination criteria, then copy and paste across in to the jot form when they are ready to submit an Application.
Please contact NQ Branch or your Club for a copy of the Word Document. 


NQ Branch Sign on Day 4-5 March 2023

NQ Branch is working on the 2023 Sign on Day marketing campaign with more information to be released in January. 
The SLSQ App has an informative section on Membership Management including Recruitment Planning, Ideas, Activities and Resources which can assist your Club to plan ahead.
Read more here:


We are pleased to welcome Emily Donoghue to SLSQ and the North Queensland Regional Branch team as our EDUCATION, MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNITY COORDINATOR - NQ
Emily is a member of the Port Douglas SLSC where she is an Age Manager and Patrolling member.

Emily can be contacted at or 0447 517143



Between March 25 and April 2, 2023, competitors from 314 club’s nation-wide will compete in over 480 events across nine intense days of competition at Scarborough and Trigg Island – in three major categories – Youth, Masters and Opens.

To register for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships 2023, please check the Circular .Here
Should further information be required please contact the SLSA events team at:
Phone: (02) 9215 8000

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is calling for nominations from ALL qualified
Surf Sport Officials
as well as all Medical Personnel, wishing to participate at the 2023 Australian Youth, Masters and Open Championships to be held across Scarborough & Trigg Island from Saturday 25th March to Sunday 2nd April 2023.
For Aussies 2023, SLSA are calling for officials to nominate for the Championships. The roles include all technical roles, support services roles and lifesaving roles.
For all nominations, please follow the following link:
The Aussies - NXsports Registration System

2023 Lifesaving Development Program - Participants Application

Applications are now OPEN for both the South East Queensland and Northern Queensland 2023 SLSQ Lifesaving Development Program for Participants.
What is it all about?
The Lifesaving Development Program is an education program that allows members to gain a number of lifesaving awards in a short space of time. Program participants will gain a number of awards including First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and IRB Crewperson OR Silver Medallion IRB Driver. Participants will also be exposed to additional skills and development opportunities including pathways, teamwork, leadership and lifesaving operations.
The Lifesaving Development Program training method uses the Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) education model. ELT uses scenario-based training to give candidates the opportunity to experience realistic emergency scenes to practice their lifesaving skills.
Scenarios are designed and conducted under the guidance of specially trained facilitators and safety officers. While evaluations of the past programs highlight the value of scenario-based training for development of candidate skills, some participants may feel some emotional stress participating in such realistic training. Please note; the program involves a variety of realistic emergency situations.
 Who Can Apply:
Proficient Bronze Medallion members who are aged 16 years to 20 years old (as at 1 April 2023 (SEQ Program) and 1 June 2023 (NQ Program)) and are registered members of a Queensland Surf Life Saving Club are invited to apply.
It is MANDATORY that participants hold a current Bronze Medallion prior to completing this program. Participants wishing to complete the IRB Drivers qualification must also hold a current Queensland Marine Licence (this must be registered with your Club and showing in Surfguard).
Members over the age of 18 must also hold a current Working with Children Blue Card and complete all the prerequisites for the Blue Card. The organising committee reserves the right to seek applications or speak directly to members whom they
Applications close midnight, Sunday 29th January 2023.
Program dates are;
South East Queensland Program
Tallebudgera Recreation Precinct (Gold Coast) – Monday 10th  - Sunday 16th April 2023 
Northern Queensland Program
Apex Camps Magnetic Island (Townsville) – Monday 26th June – Sunday 2nd July 2023


22/23 NQB Youth State Team

We have cracked the MILLION METRE MARK!!!! 1128220m to be exact!! That puts us just south of Marmor, just north of Gladstone!!! This week is our Final push before the Christmas Break!!!
Don't forget to follow both our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates about the team. Share with your friends and family, and get behind our AMAZING young Athletes by sponsoring them at or via the QR code on the image



If you would like to assist with Community Awareness in 2023 please send through your Expression of Interest to Emily Donoghue at 
To assist with Community Awareness a Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Award is required.

At the end of this year the North Queensland Branch will have a casual vacancy for Director  of Finance.  The opportunity exists currently for a successor to shadow and learn from our current Director of Finance and Life Member, Mr Bob Masters to ensure a smooth transition into the role.    As the Director of Finance you will also hold a position on the North Queensland Branch Board of Directors.  So if you are passionate, skilled and driven to be part of our team at a Branch level, please review the role description DIRECTOR OF FINANCE (TREASURER) and contact Bob Masters or Rachael Wynberg for more information.
2023 Branch Pre season training
Marine Stinger
11/18/19/25 March
Emergency Care Training
12 March
IRB Driver and Crew
11-12 March

QLD Youth State Championships (SLSQ)
16-19 February
NQB Sign on Day 
4-5 March
Meals Conference 26th March
26  March


Please contact Jen Rees on 0408 068763 or Kye Yeabsley on 0403 577649 with any enquiries.

LiveHeats red ankle or wrist bands (depending on where you like to wear it) are now a requirement for competing at NQ Branch Carnivals,  please ensure they are kept and brought to all Carnivals.

Carnival results and Leaderboard can be viewed here

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