2021 SunSmart WA Nipper Championships – Yanchep Goes for Gold!

Following the disappointment of last year’s last-minute event cancellation, this weekend saw nearly 900 eager Nippers from 22 WA clubs hit Scarborough Beach to contest the 2021 SunSmart WA Nipper Surf Life Saving Championship!

Events kicked off under the lights of the Scarborough Beach amphitheater on Friday evening where our athletes took on the beach flags and sprints.

Representing Yanchep, Zane Jessamine and Kaeden McQuoid gave it everything they had, showing great sportsmanship, team spirit, and a can-do attitude! Both athletes made us extremely proud, persevering to do their very best for their club! 

A big thank you to Abigail Campbell, placed as a reserve and unfortunately not competing, but there to support her friends as always!

We are beyond proud to announce that Zane Jessamine won his final bringing home a gold medal which he proudly showed us all on Sunday at Nippers! Zane, you are a champion of champions, your humble, strong character makes you the ultimate sprinter in our eyes! Congratulations!!

View the full list of results here



SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Little Nipper State Championships

A Big YSLSC shout out to our eight U8 & U9’s who competed in the SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Little Nipper State Championships at Sorrento on the 7th March 2021 – Imogen Gilhome, Dillan Holmes, Harriet Ludford, Tadhg Hartzer, Zak Holmes, Osgar Gannaway, Jude Gannaway & Jake Dooley.

We are super proud of you- giving 110% to each of your events – sprints, flags, boards & swim. You represented our club with pride & all had such an awesome morning too!

Some fantastic results achieved, a few semi-final finishes (amazing effort with 476 competitors from all the different clubs!) – & a big congrats to Imogen Gilhome for taking home the silver in the U8 girl’s sprints final!

Was so good to see each of you rallying around and supporting one another during the events too, great sportsmanship. A wonderful way to wrap up the U8/U9 competition season for 2020/2021!


2020/21 Surf Sport Calendar

Download the 2020/21 Surf Sports Calendar!
It’s set to be a busy season of surf sports so make sure you stay up to date with our 2020/21 Surf Sports Calendar.

Any event updates or changes during the season will be advised via My Beach News, Team App and our website. Download here.

Are you using Team App yet?
We encourage all members to download ‘Team App’ & follow ‘SLSWA Sports’. Throughout the season, we utilise Team App for sharing essential surf sports event info including programs, maps, last-minute event updates and more, & it’s FREE to download on Apple and Android devices! Find instructions for download here.


Don’t forget Proficiency Swim this Sunday!
We will be conducting proficiency swims at HBF Arena Joondalup, Sunday 18th October.
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Please note we will be located in the Leisure Pool Lane Area, not the main pool.
Your Age Manager will be wearing your relevant colour Nipper Cap, please check the list to see which group you are in.  There is also information regarding your swim distance and float time.
Entry Fees: $4.50 swimmer and $2.60 spectator.
Please ensure that you accompany and supervise your child/ren AT ALL TIMES whilst on the premises.

Our Value – A message from Graham Ford AM – President of SLSA

With 173,865 members and 314 affiliated Surf Life Saving clubs, Surf Life Saving Australia represents the largest volunteer movement of its kind in the world.

SLSA has a proud heritage with over 110 years of history and tradition. Since 1907, the organisation has grown significantly, and knowledge gained has been passed on from one generation to the next. This growth has been fundamental to SLSA’s success in managing some of the most dangerous and unpredictable beaches in the world. Over the years, more than 685,000 people have been rescued by a surf lifesaver.

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SLSA exists to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities. Through its coastal safety, lifesaving, education, sport and recreation programs and services, SLSA generates significant social and economic benefits for the Australian community each year.

In generating these benefits, the organisation receives a significant proportion of its funding from external sources. These include government grants, fundraising, corporate sponsorships and community donations.

To promote understanding about the outcomes achieved with the support of these funding sources, SLSA has periodically undertaken and commissioned work to estimate the contribution, or value, generated by its activities for the Australian community.

Read the full report from Deliotte Access Economics here.




Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA) services to the community and its members are valued at an estimated $6.5 billion per year to the Australian economy.

The new report by Deloitte Access Economics shows “The services and cooperation of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) around the country – both now and in the future – show for every $1 invested into SLSA, a return of $20 is achieved.”

SLSA President Graham Ford AM said the report demonstrated the social and economic value volunteer surf lifesavers and Australian Lifeguard Services lifeguards provide to the Australian community.

“With 300 million beach goers visiting the Australian coastline every year, our surf lifesavers and lifeguards are vitally important, last season alone performing 10,000 rescues.

“The Deloitte’s report estimates that the absence of surf life saving services would result in an additional 1,300 coastal deaths and 800 critical injuries every year,” said Ford.

For more than 110 years, Surf Life Saving has played an important role and is more than just a rescue organisation. Surf Life Saving services have grown over the decades to provide strong social and economic value to the Australian community.

“We provide education and training to everyday Australians, help keep people physically active, encourage and promote volunteerism and deliver real social value to local communities across the country.

“The report also identified three additional benefits SLSA provides to our communities that couldn’t be quantified but we know are so important, including improved mental health, providing positive pathways for young people as well as water safety for children.

“As our country navigates through COVID-19, our sense of community and connecting with our great coastal environment will become even more important.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are not only important for our 170,000 members, but they are at the centre of local communities and are a hub for all those enjoying our beaches,” he said.

SLSA’s National Coastal Safety Report demonstrates the need for increased water safety services, with an average of 110 coastal drowning deaths in Australia every year for the past 15 years.

The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency David Hurley, said he was proud to serve as Patron of Surf Life Saving Australia.

“Surf Life Saving Australia provides a vital and, as this report shows, valuable service. In addition to helping reduce the number of drownings and teaching water safety skills, Surf Life Saving clubs are part of our nation’s cultural landscape. They bring people together and help instil the value of selfless service in emerging leaders.”

Federal Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the Australian Government is a proud supporter of Surf Life Saving Australia.

“The Deloitte report clearly articulates the critical role Surf Life Savers play to prevent more than a thousand avoidable and preventable deaths at Australian beaches,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Through our Water and Snow Safety Program, we have invested more than $20 million to support the efforts of Surf Life Saving Australia, which in turn supports communities around our nation.

“I thank the vast volunteer base for a commitment to keeping Australians and international visitors safe on our beaches.”

Congratulations Yanchep! Winner of AGL Volunteer of the Year 2020

AGL Volunteer of the Year 

Awarded to: Janine Prinsloo (Yanchep SLSC)

Immigrating to Australian from South Africa and determined to live the Aussie lifestyle, Janine and her family joined the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club in 2016, with Janine taking on the Director of Administration role in 2018.

Instrumental in the significant growth of the membership, building of external relationships, and making the club a welcoming destination for the community, Janine supervised the design and build of the new website, new club uniforms, and promoted the role and work of the club, in addition to being a patrolling lifesaver.

Her passion and commitment to improving the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club to benefit the community makes her a worthy winner of the Volunteer of the Year award.

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