North Queensland Newsletter – June 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.

19 - 21 August  2022
Brisbane Convention Centre

Make connections, grow perspective and change culture.



The conference aims to provide SLSQ members with relevant and beneficial information, latest initiatives and ideas across a variety of topics in preparation for the upcoming patrol season.


The conference is open to all Surf Life Saving members within Queensland. We strongly recommend clubs and branches to encourage and support those in leadership and committee roles within the organisation to attend.


Clubs can apply for financial support through the QFES Sustainability Grant which will released in September.
Download the program here

The ceremony will take place at the 2022 Conference weekend on Saturday 20 August.


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

I couldn't be more proud to be a North Queenslander!
Our patrols across the Branch have come out strong and performed outstanding service, particularly through the challenging 'public holiday' bonanza.  Whilst most people were out relaxing at the beaches over the long weekends, our amazing volunteers ensured patrols were covered and beachgoers were safe.    Well done to you all and thank you for your continued service throughout the season.
Our trainers have hit the ground running with many courses running at clubs and branch including Bronze Medallions, IRB Drivers, Silver Medallion Beach Management and Advanced Resus to name a few. Thank you to those who give of their time to deliver and develop their skills.  If you are keen to develop your skills, check out the branch calendar and contact the Chief Training Officer at your club.
And of course we have welcomed our nippers back onto the beach after a very successful sign-on campaign across the branch.  Well done to everyone involved.  It's great to see our new and returning faces and all the action on Sunday Mornings across our branch.
Of course things are hotting up on the pool deck as we dive toward our North Queensland Branch Pool Rescue Championships.
I recently had the privilege of Welcoming our State President, Mark Fife, our CEO Dave Whimpey and the members of the State Life Saving Committee and the State Membership Committees and Staff for their face to face meetings which we held in North Queensland.    We appreciate the continued investment in our Branch that SLSQ and our members continue to make.  Your Branch and your State Representatives carried your voices and contributed to the outcomes to support our members.  I thank them for their passion and advocacy.
Each Club will be receiving a visit from a member of the Branch Executive to find out what the priorities are to help you, our members and your clubs.  So if you have any suggestions, ideas, or constructive feedback, we'd love to hear it.
And thank you to all those who have volunteered and are busy preparing for the Green Island and Ironman events.  
Hold onto your noddy caps - its going to be a big month in Surf Life Saving
See you on the beach.

Rachael Wynberg
NQ Branch President



Theo joined Bribie Island SLSC in 1950 – gaining  his Bronze in 1951. He maintained his membership at Bribie Island from 1950 – 1957 before moving to North QLD

Theo was a member of Etty Bay from 1958 – 1959, Cairns SLSC from 1969 – present and Port Douglas from 1984 – Present.
Theo dedicated a lifetime to Surf Life Saving holding a number of positions including President of Cairns SLSC, President of Port Douglas SLSC and President of North QLD Branch.
For his dedicated service to Life Saving Theo was awarded

  • Life Membership : Cairns SLSC
  • Life Membership : Port Douglas SLSC
  • Life Membership : SLSQ North QLD Branch
  • Life Membership : SLSQ

Our deepest sympathies are extended to his friends and family at this time and our thanks to Theo for dedicating a lifetime to Surf Life Saving.

We were blessed with some beautiful North Queensland weather for Sign on Day 15th May  2022.
Clubs reported a successful Sign on Day with reports of up to 40 new members at some clubs being a mix of families, nippers and also some adults joining Clubs to complete their Bronze Medallions. NQ Branch has continued with an ongoing marketing campaign following the Sign On Day through Social Media, we welcome all of the new members to the Surf Life Saving Community.

 As North QLD Branch is now in season, it is timely reminder for Clubs of their obligations as it relates to Child Safety in Surf Life Saving Queensland.

All Club Presidents have signed a Statement of Commitment on behalf of the Club as it relates to the Clubs requirements and commitment to Child Safety. This should be displayed on a Club Notice Board or prominent position within the Club
Please refer to the MS06 Blue Card Screening Policy as it relates to information about who MUST hold a Blue Card.
The QLD Government have implemented a “No Card No Start” Policy and it is important that Clubs adhere to the Policy and ensure members have Blue Cards and those that don’t are restricted from participation.
All members required to hold a Blue Card as per MS06 Blue Card Screening Policy  will be required to complete the new SLSQ CYRMS e-learning
Members with Blue Cards MUST complete both the SLSQ CYRM induction (about 10 minutes) and the SLSA Child Safe Induction (about 15 mins)

Clubs should be checking on this at least monthly. Noting you can set up scheduled reports in SurfGuard – please head to this link for the instructions on setting this up
Clubs should have Child Safety as a Standing Agenda Item at their Management Committee.
Reporting can be done by exception i.e. those members who do not have a card or will not apply. The Club Management Committee is ultimately responsible for adherence to the policy, as such they should have all relevant information about the status of their Club.

Age Group Quick Reference Guide 2022/2023
AGE GROUPS QUICK REFERENCE table indicates the birth year/month and relative age group for members in the 2022/2023 season, this useful information can be found in the SLSQ App, or click the link below.
This is a useful tool to print and keep at your club or have as a quick reference on your phone.

Age Manager Process
The Age Manager has one of the most important jobs in Surf Life Saving – Age Managers are responsible for the caring and nurturing of our future surf lifesavers. The role of an Age Manager is to both develop our Junior Activities members into surf lifesavers and to provide a supportive environment in which they can learn and grow.
Age Managers are:
•Responsible for the care, safety, wellbeing and development of the Junior Activities members
•Responsible for facilitating the development of surf lifesaving skills (movement skills, surf awareness, etc.) and personal skills (e.g. confidence, teamwork, leadership)
•Fundamental in the delivery of a learning program that encourages and develops young surf lifesavers
•Responsible to seek out and utilise expertise from within your club for the delivery of programs
More information about this fun and rewarding position can be found on the
SLSQ App or click the  following link.   SLS APP - Junior Activites - Age Managers 
Beach Carnivals 
Port Douglas 
16-17 July 2022
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
The following NQ Branch positions are are available to fill on various Boards. This is a great way to represent your club and work with other club members to benefit the Branch and the NQ Life Saving community.
1 Committee Member

First Aid Officer
Medical Officer
Marine Stinger Officer
IRB Officer
Gear & Equipment Officer

IRB Officer
Athlete Representative
Coaching Representative
Please contact Branch at to volunteer or for more information on a position.

Surf Life Saving Queensland
 of the Year 

Recently, I (Ellen Cox,  from Ellis Beach Surf Lifesaving Club) completed the Surf Woman program, which ran from September 2021 – May 2022. With the help of Ellis Beach Club members, we raised over $8,000. Yes, there were opportunities to get glammed up, but it’s about so much more than that – there was a lot of hard work behind the scenes!
The Surf Woman judging criteria has significantly changed in recent years, with less focus on fundraising. Entrants have the flexibility to design their own activities, fundraisers and community awareness sessions. The eight entrants from around Queensland travelled to South East Qld for three weekends over the program to be judged on lifesaving skills, communication and public speaking, leadership and innovation.
While we were down south we learnt a lot about SLSQ and other Clubs, visiting SLSQ Head Office, Surf Guard and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter hangar. There are so many ways to get involved further in lifesaving and this was a great way to share experiences and learnings from around the State.

It would be great to have another entrant from North Qld Branch this year. The organisers are really supportive of regional entrants. If anyone is interested in entering the Program this year, I’m really happy to explain more about what is involved, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone – 0477845714 or email .
Thanks, Ellen 


Thank you to Etty Bay SLSC for hosting the Branch IRB Course on 5th and 6th June and providing accommodation to our Branch members. It was great to have so much interest and participation for this course with 9 Drivers and 13 Crew participating, including 2 from North Barrier region to gain their IRB Driver and Crew Awards. 
Are you looking to upskill or reskill this upcoming season?  North Queensland Branch are looking to run the below courses in 2022.  

Expressions of Interest will be sent to all members, so please ensure your email address in Surfguard is current.

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (ART)
Sat 9 Jul
If you are interested in any of the courses on offer, please ensure you register your interest ASAP once the expression of interest notification is received to
NOTE:  Conditions & prerequisites apply for all of the above courses.  Please contact your Club CTO if you require any further information.

Face to Face Coaching Course Information
SLSQ is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from members in the North Queensland Branch and North Barrier Branch to gain accreditation as a surf sports coach. A face-to-face course will be held Saturday 9th July in Cairns (time and venue to be confirmed).
Coaches play a crucial role in developing, inspiring and leading athletes to achieve their goals in Surf Life Saving sport competition by providing support and guidance to athletes across a wide-range of surf sport disciplines. As a surf lifesaving coach, you have the opportunity to work with athletes across all levels of competition and performance - from juniors to high performance.
The course will cover content from the SLSA Coaching Framework and includes both Theory and Practical components and will provide participants the opportunity to gain accreditation as either a Foundation Coach or Development Coach.
• 16 years +
• Hold a Working with Children Clearance (Blue Card)
• Have completed SLSQ CYRMS Induction & SLSA Child Safe Essentials courses
• Current membership with an affiliated SLSA Club
• Access to the SLSA eLearning platform (etrainu)
• Water Based Development Coach disciplines require Aquatic Rescue Qualification (SRC or BM)
All participants (Development & Foundation) are required to have completed or commenced the Sport Australia Community Coaching Essential Skills Course (CCES). This is a free online course covering the basics of coaching and can be accessed through the Sport Australian Learning Centre -
In addition, Development Coach Course participants are required to have completed or commenced the Sport Integrity Australia Anti-Doping Fundamentals Course. This a free online course covering an introduction to Anti-Doping and can be accessed through the Sport Integrity Australia eLearning portal -
Course Information:
These courses will be delivered face to face in place of the candidates completing the SLSA online modules. All successful participants will be granted access to these modules for future reference post assessment.
A course timeline and program will be provided to participants prior to the course date.
Course Cost:
Foundation: $70 Development: $120
All costs will be invoiced to clubs / branch post course.
Coach Mentor / Coach Assessor Course:
SLSQ is also seeking EOI’s from currently accredited Development Coaches in the region to develop their knowledge and skills and gain accreditation as a Coach Mentor and/or Coach Assessor. Please contact Alex Rogers – NQB Director of Surf Sports for more information -
Expression of Interest:
Please complete the EOI nomination form at by 01/07/2022.
Please contact SLSQ Sport Development Coordinator – Daniel Homer on (07) 5566 1012 or



What is Camp FLIP you ask? This program is designed to develop our lifesavers through a variety of team building activities over a three day jam packed program. Whilst a lifesaving camp, participants will find themselves having to think on their toes and outside of the box as they partake in activities completely unrelated to our job on the beach. Our schedule and guest speakers are currently being finalised and I promise you this is a camp you wont want to miss!
If you are interested in attending submit your registration via the link below.
Any adults interested in assisting are encouraged to email myself at

A huge thank you to all of the NQ Branch Clubs and members who assisted with Water Safety for the Green Island Swim and Ironman 2022.
Ironman had 7 minor extractions – self withdrawals
And 1 minor extraction that led to a hospital referral
 Green Island – 2 minor extractions 
Thank you to Jen Rees and Kye Yeabsley on your hard work co ordinating the water safety for both events.


What a fantastic morning out on the water at Palm Cove!            
I would like to thank every single member of the water safety team for your efforts in ensuring that the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns operated without a hitch in the morning and was the success that it was.
The job you all do is essential to the success of this event and your dedication, commitment, knowledge and professionalism is unrivalled around Australia!
As a team you were able to get all athletes through the swim, or withdrawn from the swim safely.
On behalf of myself and the whole IRONMAN Group team, again a massive thank you and we look forward to working with you again in 2023.
Race Director, Oceania
Surf Life Saving Queensland is pleased to announce the dates and venues for the 2023 Queensland State Youth Championships and the 2023 Qld Masters and Senior Championships and appreciates the patience of our members with this announcement.
Surf Life Saving Queensland has been working with Sunshine Coast Regional Council around the Championship dates and location as well as Surf Life Saving Australia in relation to event dates for the 2023 Australian Championships.
The 2023 State Championships will be held as follows:
2023 Qld Youth Championships Mooloolaba SLSC 16th – 19th February 2023
2023 Masters Championships Mooloolaba SLSC 24th & 25th February 2023
2023 Senior Championships Mooloolaba SLSC 24th – 26th February 2023

Surf Life Saving Queensland is looking forward to working with Mooloolaba SLSC for these Championships as they will be celebrating their 100th year of Patrolling during the 2022-23 Season.
Surf Life Saving Queensland is still finalising the locations and dates for the following Championships which will be communicated as soon as possible.
- 2022 Qld State Endurance Championships
- 2023 Qld Laerdal State Surf Rescue Championships
- 2023 Qld State Board Riding Championships
- 2023 Qld State IRB Championships
- 2023 Qld State Pool Rescue Championships

If you require further information, please contact Stuart Hogben – Sport Manager Surf Life Saving Queensland on (07) 5566 1007.
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