North Queensland Newsletter -July Issue (copy 01)

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.

 A massive thank you to everyone who competed and helped out at our Carnival last weekend!
The forecast was windy, rainy and cold, but looking around the beach I think everyone had an awesome first carnival of the season. 
The wind made for some waves, something we’re not all used to up here in Far North Queensland. I hope all of you parents are super proud for seeing your kids get out in these conditions and giving a go. If you’ve never tried it yourself, give it a go one day and you’ll have a whole new appreciation for your kids’ achievements.
In the Masters Arena we had our inaugural ‘Steve Pollard Memorial Mixed Double Ski Race’. Steve was a loved and valuable member of our club and always got excited about the double ski races. It was great to see everyone get behind this, and congratulations to Blair and Bogan from Cairns SLSC for taking out the win. 
We’re looking forward to the next carnival at Mission Beach!

  Irene Cats

Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club

View the results from the Port Douglas Surf Carnival here

Welcome to the July edition of our North Queensland Branch Newsletter.
It is so great to hear and see our lifesaving services busy, present and active across our wonderful North Queensland Branch.
I would like to start with outlining some of the great outcomes that our advocating and representation of our clubs has achieved recently in direct response to feedback from our members and clubs:

  • Skills Maintenance.  As many of our patrolling members will be aware the Skills Maintenance program has been released in a timely manner to correspond with the North Queensland Season.  Previously the release date has meant that NQ was often out of season and our Chief Training Officer’s experienced additional pressures of trying to complete proficiencies outside of our regular patrolling season.  This alignment will ensure our valued patrolling members are now up to date and proficient with our latest standards and enforcing our knowledge in aquatic safety and rescue.
  • We recognised the opportunity to engage a broader audience of members in the remote pilot aviation services (drone pilot).   Through advocacy we campaigned for changes to Drone Operational Age to reflect the CASA age for an aviation registration number and allow our amazing cadets, from 16 years of age, the opportunity to train to deliver additional safety services on our beaches.  Etty Bay and Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs have joined the Qld trial and I applaud their members for their commitment to delivering an additional safety service for our beach goers, members and awesome nippers.
  • The due dates for our Patrol Service Contracts will now be pushed back to better reflect the start of our NQB patrolling season so that our Club Captains and CTOs and Directors of Life Saving have accurate data on their returning active members and the season to recruit and retrain new members in order to deliver the best level of service to our communities.
  • A huge thank you to SLSQ following their recent announcement that all active patrolling members with a minimum of 25 hours patrolling service will have their membership fees covered for next season, in recognition of their selfless commitment to aquatic service.

We are currently reviewing the membership statistics from across the region for the current season.  As you are aware, for our clubs to operate effectively and successfully it takes collective efforts from our club communities.  Whether it is patrolling, training, nippers, coaching, surf sports official, water safety, fundraising, kitchen, uniforms or administration – however you contribute is appreciated and invaluable.   Thankyou all for your contributions, please embrace the opportunity to develop your skills and be an active part of our vibrant surf life saving team. 
Please continue to enjoy and engage with our season in the beautiful winter months in North Queensland.
See you on the beach!


Rachael Wynberg
NQ Branch President

SLSQ STATE CONFERENCE 2022 click here for conference details.

Live Heats is an all in one platform for sports competitions and is now being used by SLSQ and NQ Branch, wrist bands were distributed to athletes at the Port Douglas Surf Carnival and NQ Branch will be distributing at Carnivals to anyone not already allocated a band. 
The wrist bands are to be kept and brought along to all NQ Branch Carnivals and for families with multiple athletes there is a QR code located on the back of the band which you can scan to confirm the owner of the band.
Live Heats will provide an efficient recording system  with the results live, at the Carnival, meaning you can see the results even if you are not there!
Download Live Heats to your phone at

View the Port Douglas Surf Carnival results here LIVE HEATS NQ

Service Hour Input
SLSA made changes in 2020 to the SLSA POLICY 5.04- Competition Eligibility which allows members to accumulate club and community service obligations to be eligible to compete at Branch, State & National Championships. The SLSQ Board has adopted this policy which allows members the ability to carry our patrol service and "other service" which can be accredited towards their Competition eligibility.
Surfguard has been up updated to allow for "other service" categories to be recorded. As such the following positions have been added and can now have hours allocated to them
  • Trainers
  • Assessors
  • Age Managers
  • Volunteer Coaches
  • Officials
  • Committee Member 
This allows Clubs and Branches to log the hours that their members are contributing towards these areas of surf lifesaving.
If you think this might apply to you then more information can be found here on the SLSQ APP.
Beach Carnivals 
Mission Beach
6-7 August 2022
Etty Bay 
27-28 August 2022
17-18 September 2022
Ellis Beach - Branch Championship 
8-9 October 2022

Surf Rescue Championships - Port Douglas
3 September 2022

FLIP   - Youth Leadership Program
24-26 September
Leaders Day 23rd September

Camp FLIP   

Program Start – Saturday 24th September 2022 @ 10:30am
Program Finish – Monday 26th September 2022 @ 1:00pm
Location – Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre
Cost - $50 per person

FLIP stands for Future Leadership Innovation Program, a concept program  developed be Jesse Witt, NQ Branch Director of Membership & Youth from his many years of experience attending and running youth programs with SLSQ .

Over the weekend the leaders will be engaging with the participants to help guide them into the future of surf, they will be connecting with them to show them leadership skills and will be touching base to test their innovation knowledge, because we believe they are our branches future, the leaders of the next generation and their innovation will guide us all forward. 

On this program the participants will be learning teamwork, networking, and gaining leadership skills all while being challenged with many different activities and of course having a lot of fun doing it. 
 The outcomes of running a program like this is to allow the participants to get to know like-minded people from other clubs, participate in team building activities and to improve communication skill while all being based in a lifesaving space. 

By the end of the program, we hope to have impowered the participant to be motivated to help your club, your community and themselves into the future. 
Please contact Zoe Breitkreutz 07 4766 2212

U8 Board Training
Under 8 Nippers participating in activities within Surf Life Saving Queensland affiliated clubs are approved to use the SLSA approve Soft "Nipper" Board while training, ONLY when ALL of the following conditions are complied with:
  • Prior to any training, the Under 9 Preliminary and Competition Evaluations must be completed as required per Surf Sports Manual Section 6 - Surf Ski and Surf Board Usage APPENDIX A – SURF BOARD USAGE. Refer to the table below. 
A completed Under 9 Junior Activity Competency Record needs to be kept in the documents section on Surfguard.
  • Training can commence from 1st January each year – (Exception North Queensland
    Branch from 1st August).
  • Training must only be conducted at a Board training session.
  • Under no circumstance can an Under 8 compete in ANY competition board event.
  • Training must be conducted on flat water only, NOT in surf conditions.
  • Participants must be Active, Financial members.
  • The Club Risk Assessment must be completed by the coach and maintained as current.
  • All U8 Board Training must be approved by the clubs Management Committee.
    NOTE: The training approval form specifically requests the Age Group and Location to be
  • Correct Water Safety is in place.
Clubs should provide U8’s with an introduction to Soft “Nipper” Boards per the SLSA learner plan
prior to any approved training session or at the end of the season prior to entering the Under 9 age
Click on the link to take a look at  SLSQ Junior Board Guide - U6/7 - U14 to ensure you have the right size board at the right age.

Are you or your family new to Nippers/Surf Lifesaving? 
Are you looking for a way to help out?

In order for Junior Activities to exist, the support of volunteers in various roles throughout the season is crucial. Regardless of weather you are a strong swimmer or not, there will always be somewhere you can lend a helping hand. Below you can find a list of some of the more common roles that are available within Surf Life Saving specific to Junior Activities. 
  • Beach set up/pack down
  • Fundraising
  • Canteen/BBQ
  • Gear and equipment maintenance
  • Uniform officer
Get in touch with your JAC or Club Administrator today and find out how you can get involved.

Round 7 of FairPlay vouchers is NOW OPEN!
Great news - FairPlay has moved to a new online, all-in-one grants system and is up and running!
The new system has a fresh look and feel and offers easier account management and voucher redemption for activity providers.
We are asking our FairPlay activity providers to jump online and register now in the new system.  The registration process is simple and will mean your club is set up in the new system, ready for Round 7. 
Applying to be an activity provider is a two-step process:
Step 1   Check your organisation is eligible and register in Enquire
Step 2   Once you have successfully submitted your registration you will be taken to the Business Registration form. Fill out each step as directed and once completed you will receive a confirmation notification at the bottom of the screen.
Your registration will be assessed by the department and will be advised of the outcome within two weeks. Organisations will not be able to redeem vouchers until the registration has been approved by the department.
The program provides eligible Queensland children and young people aged 5 to 17 (inclusive) who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club with a voucher valued up to $150 which can be used toward the cost of membership, participation and/or registration fees for eligible activities with registered physical Activity Providers. Round 7 will close when all available vouchers are issued or, if the voucher allocation is exhausted, the round will close on 28 September 2022.


SLSA has announced the next instalment of their Coach Connect Workshops. Grant "Wilko" Wilkinson will be running the next session, which will take a deep dive into season planning and programming. The session will take place online on Thursday 18th August at 7:30pm (AEST). (Due to time differences the session will start at 7:00pm in SA & NT and 5:30pm in WA).
Dr Grant Wilkinson is a highly accomplished iron man, boat sweep, SLSA coaching advisor, coach, chiropractor and all round great guy. Wilko’s father is also an Australian Olympic coach, so Grant has had the ability to draw from many areas to develop in his incredibly successful career. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business as Wilko shares with us the importance of and the process of season planning and programming.
The 1hr workshop will outline the importance of season planning, periodisation and understanding the physiology of effective programming to drive the desired outcomes at the right time of the season. This session is designed to target existing sweeps who wish to expand their knowledge and all sweeps (including sweeps in training) are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Please click on this link to register for the workshop.

Port Douglas SLSC Nippers were excited to greet Bonnie Hancock on Sunday 24th July on her Paddle of Aus journey.
Bonnie left the Gold Coast on 19th December 2021 to paddle  clockwise around the 16,000km of Australian Coastline , excluding Tasmania and is on her home run down the East Coast. Bonnie is a dedicated Athlete, Coach and Dietitian, you can Follow Bonnie and her amazing and inspiring journey at 
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