Archive for October, 2018

First requal of the season!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A great turn out for the season’s first requal! Only some dared the chop­py Mul­laloo water to com­plete their run, swim, run! Ahh, there is always next time… do they get longer? 😆

Patrol was at the ready and assist­ed with course iden­ti­fi­ca­tion!

A huge thank you to all the asses­sors and par­tic­i­pants for their patience and under­stand­ing while logis­tics were worked out!

Check out the action below:

Technology committee — Members expression of interest

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018


Tech­nol­o­gy and sup­port­ing sys­tems under­pin the safe and effi­cient oper­a­tions of our club. Increas­ing­ly we are intro­duc­ing a range of sys­tems and devices to help our vol­un­teers keep our beach safe at the same time as ensur­ing that mem­ber expe­ri­ences with our club sys­tems are effec­tive and more intu­itive.

The tech­nol­o­gy com­mit­tee has been formed to facil­i­tate stake­hold­er engage­ment across the club to encour­age new and inno­v­a­tive ideas from our mem­ber base and to ensure that iden­ti­fied issues are resolved.

Enterprise systems

Our office is the hub of sig­nif­i­cant activ­i­ty through­out the sea­son with lots hap­pen­ing across all areas of the club. Our under­pin­ning sup­port sys­tem for life­guard­ing ser­vices is Sur­f­guard host­ed by Surf Life Sav­ing WA. We do how­ev­er have a range of oth­er enter­prise sup­port sys­tems and are look­ing at oth­er appli­ca­tions to make our oper­a­tions more effi­cient to deliv­er improved mem­ber expe­ri­ences.

If you have expe­ri­ence in the area of busi­ness sys­tems, busi­ness process­es re-engi­neer­ing or gen­er­al enter­prise appli­ca­tions please let us know, we would like to hear from you.


Our office only has four desk­top com­put­ers run­ning Microsoft Win­dows and a num­ber of oth­er indus­try-stan­dard desk­top appli­ca­tions. We will soon be intro­duc­ing dig­i­tal tablets for mobile use in the patrol and edu­ca­tion set­tings.

If you have expe­ri­ence in desk­top oper­a­tions and day to day sup­port, we would love to hear from you. Keep­ing the desk­top and core sys­tems and com­mu­ni­ca­tions oper­a­tional are key to the suc­cess of our club.


Prob­a­bly one of the most impor­tant areas of focus in the club rel­e­vant to tech­nol­o­gy and IT sys­tems. Our day to day com­mu­ni­ca­tions with mem­bers, exter­nal stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­ni­ty is extreme­ly impor­tant.

We are in the process of devel­op­ing a strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions plan that will incor­po­rate a suite of IT sys­tems and chan­nels to deliv­er the best user expe­ri­ence to keep mem­bers informed.

If you have expe­ri­ence in the area of cor­po­rate and/or com­mu­ni­ca­tions with a spe­cif­ic focus on enabling tech­nolo­gies, we’d love to hear from you.

Facilities management systems

Deliv­er­ing a planned and sup­port­able suite of facil­i­ties man­age­ment sys­tems and equip­ment across our club is a key focus over the com­ing year. At present, the club is oper­at­ing a lega­cy door access con­trol sys­tem that needs replace­ment and has a Wi-fi net­work and basic Audio-visu­al sys­tems oper­at­ing.

Our objec­tive is to devel­op a strate­gic plan to imple­ment a range of build­ing tech­nolo­gies to improve safe­ty, secu­ri­ty and gen­er­al mem­ber user expe­ri­ence in the club.

Fol­low­ing are some key areas of inter­est:

  • Club-wide access con­trol sys­tem.
  • Build­ing secu­ri­ty sys­tem
  • CCTV sur­veil­lance sys­tem
  • Improved Audio-visu­al sys­tem

If you have expe­ri­ence in build­ing man­age­ment sys­tems and would like to be involved in this excit­ing piece of work, please let us know.

Beach safety systems

Keep­ing our beach safe is our num­ber one pri­or­i­ty, increas­ing­ly we are turn­ing to advanced tech­nolo­gies to make our job eas­i­er and give our vol­un­teers the tools that they need. We are work­ing with the oper­a­tions area to inves­ti­gate and devel­op a range of tech­nol­o­gy sys­tems and solu­tions to improve beach patrol oper­a­tions.

If you have expe­ri­ence in the field of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, CCTV and/or relat­ed emer­gency ser­vice crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems we would love to hear from you.

What’s involved?

The tech­nol­o­gy sub com­mit­tee meets every 6–8 weeks with the objec­tive of pro­vid­ing a sin­gle chan­nel for ideas and requests for sys­tems and equip­ment that will improve process and oper­a­tions. Meet­ings will be held in the evening and will last for about 2 hours, some back­ground work may be required from time to time based on projects in hand.

Is this you?

Our club oper­ates with the assis­tance of vol­un­teers, many of these peo­ple are at the front­line deliv­er­ing edu­ca­tion, patrols, coach­ing and a range of oth­er ser­vices. Some­times the real­ly impor­tant things hap­pen in the back­ground, with­out them things would look much dif­fer­ent. Think about this oppor­tu­ni­ty and let us know if you would like to be involved.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion email Kim Allen who is coor­di­nat­ing the com­mit­tee.

Oktoberfest Wrap!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Prost! What a night, there was Ger­man beer with all the cheers, stein glass­es, bratwurst, red cab­bage sal­ad, pota­to sal­ad and all in all a great atmos­phere!

Stu­art Clarke won best dressed “mann” just pip­ping Alex Bak­er lit­er­al­ly by a “shoe”, or may be two! Jodie Cray­den won best dressed “dame” — oh the hair! We loved the sup­port Nic de Bom­ford had – an all night pig­gy back!

A great social night at the Club doesn’t go with­out the sup­port of our vol­un­teers, so a big shout out of THANKS to:

Food prepa­ra­tion – Cindy de Bom­ford, Cal­ven, Dawn Jones
Set up – Pen­ny Fort­mann, Jack­ie Mar­tin, Tanya Hon­or, Julie Rap­ley, Har­ry Jones, Dawn Jones
On the night – Janine Cronk (with some help from grand­daugh­ter) Matil­da, Simone, Don­na
Clean up – Pen­ny, Kirsten, Kay, Stephanie, Cal­ven, Julie and Dawn

Thanks also to Ocean Reef Liquor Barons for their sup­port of the night!

Anoth­er Socialites suc­cess!

NEW Youth Development & Leadership Program

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Surf Life Sav­ing WA are rolling out their new Youth Devel­op­ment and Lead­er­ship Pro­gram for Under 14’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s.  We encour­age you all to get involved!

There are four main streams to the pro­gram, so you can fol­low the avenue that inter­ests you the most, or more than one if you choose!

The streams, as explained below, are:


At the end of the sea­son, each youth mem­ber in the pro­gram will be award­ed with a Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment, with a detailed record of their achieve­ments in the var­i­ous streams on the reverse side.

The doc­u­men­ta­tion relat­ing to the pro­gram, include:


By focus­ing on this area, you can obtain fur­ther SLS awards and con­tin­ue patrolling and becom­ing a young leader in this area.

Awards avail­able to you are:

  • SRC (13 years)
  • Bronze Medal­lion (15 years)
  • Radio Oper­a­tors Cer­tifi­cate (13 years)
  • Apply First Aid (14 years)
  • IRB Crew Cer­tifi­cate (15 years)
  • Surf Com Oper­a­tor (15 years
  • Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques Cer­tifi­cate (ARTC) (15 years)
  • Spinal Man­age­ment (16 Years)


This area involves becom­ing an Age Group Man­ag­er (AGM) or Age Group Man­ag­er Assis­tant (AGMA), or becom­ing a Train­ing Offi­cer, then help­ing to con­duct Age Group ses­sions or Edu­ca­tion Train­ing ses­sions.


You are the future lead­ers of our club and the surf life sav­ing move­ment.

If you endeav­our to become a leader in this way, you can aim to earn var­i­ous awards such as Youth Achiev­er Award, Youth Vol­un­teer of the Year, or new Bronze/Silver/Gold Youth Leader awards, then work­ing with­in the Lead­er­ship activ­i­ties in the Youth Pro­gram and attend­ing Lead­er­ship camps such as TOAD or Rise Up.


Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Surf Sports activ­i­ties, whether at a recre­ation­al lev­el or a more com­pet­i­tive lev­el, devel­ops fit­ness and skills of the life saver.

Our youth mem­bers are encour­aged to be involved in club activ­i­ties on a Sun­day morn­ing, as well as sched­uled club events.

If they are inter­est­ed in the surf sports area, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean com­pet­ing at an inter club lev­el, they may choose to fol­low the paths of coach­ing or offi­ci­at­ing.


An excit­ing new path­way which forms a part of the Surf Sports Stream is the Youth Offi­cials Pro­gram.

Under 14 and Under 15 mem­bers who are inter­est­ed in becom­ing involved will com­plete a two hour Youth Offi­cial Award and then attend the Lit­tle Nip­per Car­ni­vals as a Youth offi­cial.

Under 17 mem­bers can also com­plete an offi­cials accred­i­ta­tion pro­gram and are invit­ed to offi­ci­ate at Lit­tle Nip­per Car­ni­vals as well as reg­u­lar Nip­per Car­ni­vals and State Cham­pi­onships.

All hours com­plet­ed under this pro­gram can go toward the wider Youth Devel­op­ment Pro­gram as men­tioned above.


If you are inter­est­ed in achiev­ing any of the pro­gram goals as list­ed above, please con­tact Youth Man­ag­er – Mandy Lee and we can organ­ise Reg­is­tra­tion with­in the pro­gram, or down­load the forms above and use them to reg­is­ter.

We look for­ward to help­ing you achieve these goals and gain fur­ther enjoy­ment, expe­ri­ence and sat­is­fac­tion from your involve­ment in Surf Life Sav­ing.

Proposed Gym Partnership – Aspire

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

An agree­ment has been made with the Aspire Group to run a three (3) month tri­al in the Mul­laloo Gym­na­si­um – com­menc­ing at the start of Novem­ber. One or two Aspire train­ers will be based in the gym. On com­ple­tion of the tri­al, mem­bers’ views will be sought and a deci­sion made whether to con­tin­ue with the part­ner­ship.

The Aspire Group train­ers will man­age the gym space on a day to day basis, assist­ing with the clean­li­ness, organ­i­sa­tion and upkeep of the space and equip­ment. This could involve minor equip­ment main­te­nance, demon­strat­ing equip­ment and over­see­ing any con­cerns with equip­ment or gym pro­to­cols. Aspire will not be in charge of the gym, or have any author­i­ty over Mul­laloo SLSC mem­bers.

In return, the Aspire Group train­ers can use the gym for Per­son­al Train­ing (up to 3 clients each). Month­ly com­mu­ni­ca­tion between MSLSC and the Aspire Group will ensure that no clash­es occur with exist­ing gym usage, such as the Tues­day evening Strength & Con­di­tion­ing Ses­sion. The Aspire Group will refrain from sched­ul­ing their clients dur­ing our gym peak usage times, which have been iden­ti­fied using the Gym­na­si­um “sign in” forms over the past four months.

The Aspire Group class­es will be offered to mem­bers at a dis­count­ed rate of $10, or 50% off their non-mem­ber rates, (See Table 1 for a pos­si­ble exam­ple). Dis­count­ed indi­vid­ual or small group train­ing for mem­bers will also be pos­si­ble. In addi­tion to this, Aspire will run pub­lic class­es (not only in the gym, but out­side, to avoid clash­es) in which mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate, at the dis­count­ed price.

Exist­ing Gym mem­bers can not only ben­e­fit from Aspire’s Phys­io­ther­a­pists, Exer­cise Sci­en­tists, Strength & Con­di­tion­ing Coach­es’ knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence, but can learn new move­ments and vary their cur­rent work­outs, to max­imise their usage of the new gym, to include func­tion­al cir­cuits, box­ing, pilates, pri­mal move­ment and mobil­i­ty train­ing.

The Mul­laloo SLSC man­age­ment team believe that access to Aspire’s exper­tise will great­ly improve the gym­na­si­um expe­ri­ence for all users, pro­vide bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of a great space and make it more eas­i­ly acces­si­ble to more mem­bers, cre­at­ing a thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ty fit­ness hub at the Club.

Table 1 (Exam­ple Only):

If you have any con­cerns dur­ing the tri­al peri­od, please email Neil Forbes and he will address the issue as soon as pos­si­ble.

Please sup­port this ini­tia­tive and be respect­ful to all of Aspire’s staff as they go about their busi­ness. This is a sig­nif­i­cant change in the use of the Gym for the club. Whilst change can be dif­fi­cult, this change is one that we believe will bring pos­i­tive ben­e­fits to all.

Leadership Development Opportunity

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Are you aged between 20–30 years? Do you have a desire to influ­ence the future direc­tion of Surf Life Sav­ing? This may assist your devel­op­ment!

Expres­sions of Inter­est are now open for the 2018 Nation­al Lead­er­ship Col­lege (NLC) tak­ing place from 4–10 Feb­ru­ary 2018 in NSW.


Please send com­plet­ed appli­ca­tions to Vic­ki Ras­mussen.

Important Member Info — Working with Children check

Monday, October 15th, 2018


The Requirement

Surf Life Sav­ing West­ern Aus­tralia Inc. (SLSWA) released a new Mem­ber Screen­ing Pol­i­cy on 9 Octo­ber 2018.

For the pur­pose of this pol­i­cy, mem­bers of our Club will be cat­e­gorised as either a GDV Mem­ber (Gen­er­al Duties Vol­un­teer) or a NV Mem­ber (Non-Vol­un­teer­ing).

Vol­un­teer­ing is very broad­ly defined and includes any vol­un­tary assis­tance, includ­ing (but not lim­it­ed to) patrolling, odd jobs around the club, nip­per set up and pack down, water safe­ty, func­tion assis­tance (set up, pack down, din­ner ser­vice), coach­ing, edu­ca­tion train­ing and sim­i­lar.

All GDV Mem­bers (18 and Over) are now required to obtain Work­ing With Chil­dren (WWC) Checks.

Please note the Par­ent­ing Exemp­tion as out­lined in the Pol­i­cy:
The Par­ent­ing Exemp­tion will apply to those Mem­bers who have a Child who is a Mem­ber with­in the same Affil­i­at­ed Club. It must be not­ed that the Par­ent­ing Exemp­tion does not apply to overnight camps where Chil­dren will be present and there­fore WWC Checks must be con­duct­ed for all Mem­bers over the age of 18 who are involved in overnight camps where Chil­dren will be present.

The new Pol­i­cy is effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly.

The Process

In order to make the process of obtain­ing a WWC check as easy as pos­si­ble for Club Mem­bers, the fol­low­ing process has been imple­ment­ed:

  1. (Mul­laloo office pro­vides appli­ca­tion form with Mul­laloo SLSC details)
  2. Mem­ber col­lects form from Mul­laloo office or obtains one from a Post Office – we will make them avail­able at var­i­ous oth­er times and advise pri­or
  3. Mul­laloo office com­pletes sec­tion 6 of the appli­ca­tion, autho­ris­es and records unique appli­ca­tion num­ber.
  4. Mem­ber com­pletes form and lodges at Aus­tralia Post ($11 fee payable by Mem­ber)
  5. Mem­ber sends pho­to of receipt of lodge­ment to or brings receipt to the Mul­laloo office to be pho­to­copied
  6. Mul­laloo office and the Mem­ber will be advised once the appli­ca­tion has been deter­mined and Mem­ber will receive WWC Card (pro­vid­ed a neg­a­tive notice is not issued).

If you have any queries as to what is required, please con­tact one of the Mul­laloo office staff on 9307 7766 or email who will be hap­py to assist.

Short Board State Champs Wrap

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Awe­some effort from our four com­peti­tors at last week­ends Short Board State Champs at Secret Har­bour. Mul­laloo came 4th over­all out of the 10 com­pet­ing Clubs.

Small­er surf than they would have liked, but was enough to build a com­pe­ti­tion around. Whilst much of the hard work had to be done in the white wash, it was fan­tas­tic results from our ath­letes.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Neve Macleod tak­ing out Gold in the u17 female divi­sion and Bronze in the Open female divi­sion; Leah Mar­tin scooped a Sil­ver in her divi­sion and Tom Har­vey a Bronze. Lachy Macleod just missed a medal claim­ing a 4th!



South West Youth Camp a hit!

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

What an awe­some Youth Camp we had this year – 50 youth (13–16yrs) and 9 team lead­ers!

Our campers enjoyed abseil­ing, caves, team build­ing chal­lenges, hot cooked din­ners, camp fires, friend­ships, most­ly fine weath­er and dare I say it, walk­ing sec­tions of the Cape-to-Cape!!

Thanks Mandy Lee, Julie Rap­ley and ECU stu­dents Tay­la Nash and Kate Rogers for help­ing clean up and check over all the tents pre-camp.

A big shout out to Mark Cleary and Jim Bak­er for dri­ving up on the Tues­day to set up our base and pass on some much val­ued intel on how to actu­al­ly do it for future! With over a decade of camps under their belts, it’s been an awe­some set­up each year, from cook ups to charg­ing sta­tions – the camps would not have been com­plete with­out them.

Thanks to Mandy Lee for organ­is­ing the bus­es, accom­mo­da­tion, cave book­ings and the extra tent and seat pur­chas­es.

Thanks to our new­bie team lead­ers Emma Bam­forth and Clay­ton Mil­lar — with a sim­ple “you’re OK to walk with the group” which quite lit­er­al­ly meant just that! Top effort from their encour­age­ment and com­pas­sion for some, at times quite need­ed moti­va­tion along the walks — well done! Trevor Bul­ley also a new­bie to the camp pro­vid­ed his vehi­cle for use and a you-beaut tele­scope that the campers were able to view Sat­urn and the like through! Rob Amos returned this year and towed the gear trail­er for us, his con­tri­bu­tion and humour well val­ued by the group. Our Bus dri­vers this trip were return­ing Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki and new to the camp Phill Dee, trans­port­ing the campers to and from the var­i­ous activ­i­ties safe­ly and effi­cient­ly. Both Phill and Trevor also man­aged a few walks in there also. I’d like to men­tion these two mem­bers who were also part of our team leader group — Jett Mitchell and Ash­lyn Bul­ley. Hav­ing attend­ed the camp in pre­vi­ous years as campers – this year going the extra step to give back as camp lead­ers ably assist­ed by fel­low youth camp vet­er­ans (ha ha, sounds kind of weird call­ing 16 year olds vets!!) Ellie Mar­low and Aaron Gigney — their youth, guid­ance and enthu­si­asm were tremen­dous­ly received and appre­ci­at­ed by all.

Sandy Clarke
Camp Coor­di­na­tor

Pre-season President message

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

This last week­end we have well and tru­ly start­ed on the jour­ney towards sum­mer. The AFL Grand Final event at the club was well attend­ed by mem­bers and a great atmos­phere ensued, espe­cial­ly when the win­ning goal was kicked. Thank you to all of our won­der­ful vol­un­teers who helped set up, serve drinks, and then clear up at the end of the game, it was very much appre­ci­at­ed.

The same day, our patrolling sea­son start­ed but Wiamea was reduced to a sur­veil­lance patrol due to the weath­er. Sun­day how­ev­er was a very dif­fer­ent day, with a well-attend­ed Torquay patrol look­ing after the beach in glo­ri­ous spring weath­er, it almost felt like sum­mer! As we enter the new sea­son, the final touch­es are being made to plans for the first Club day on 14 Octo­ber. Win­ter sports have fin­ished and the beach is look­ing great for a fun packed season…not long to go now.

Sandy Clarke is head­ing over to Syd­ney at the end of Octo­ber to take part in the SLSA Awards of Excel­lence after tak­ing out this year’s WA state crown for Vol­un­teer and Offi­cial of the Year, so we wish her the best of luck in bring­ing the nation­al awards home!

I had the priv­i­lege of being select­ed for and attend­ing the Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia Lead­ers Mas­ter­class recent­ly in Ade­laide, join­ing 19 oth­er club lead­ers from around Aus­tralia. We were joined by the SLSA CEO, Adam Weir, and Vice Pres­i­dent John Bak­er who gave their visions on the future direc­tion of Surf Life Sav­ing and also the chal­lenges that we need to over­come. It was great to spend time with the group and amaz­ing to see the sim­i­lar chal­lenges faced by clubs all across the coun­try. I have tak­en away many ideas and thoughts from the week­end that I’ll be shar­ing these with the man­age­ment team.

Our new­ly elect­ed Board mem­bers have leapt straight to their roles and we have had sev­er­al pro­duc­tive meet­ings to date. Our aim is to pro­vide mem­bers with a reg­u­lar sum­ma­ry of our plans as we progress through the sea­son to ensure every­one is on the same page. The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and Man­age­ment team have been work­ing extreme­ly hard through­out the win­ter peri­od to ensure every­thing is ready for the sea­son ahead, sup­port­ed by Karen and Jen in the office. Thank you all for your hard work!

I’d like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to remind every­one that our club is almost entire­ly run by vol­un­teers for vol­un­teers – with­out your help and ded­i­ca­tion what we do wouldn’t be pos­si­ble. Wel­come to all of our new mem­bers, we’d love you to get involved so please reach out and offer your time where you can.

As a final thought head­ing into the new sea­son, I’d like to high­light our club val­ues which I chal­lenge you all to reflect upon as you enjoy the club this year:

  • Fam­i­ly – embrace fam­i­ly val­ues and pro­mote inclu­sion
  • Safe­ty – pro­mote safe­ty as a part of core activ­i­ties
  • Respect – respect and val­ue all indi­vid­u­als and the club com­mu­ni­ty
  • Integri­ty – con­duct of self and club affairs, accord­ing to the high­est stan­dards of ethics and behav­iour
  • Uni­ty – to oper­ate as a team includ­ing effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion with, and involve­ment of, all of our stake­hold­ers
  • Excel­lence – strive for excel­lence in every­thing we do.

I look for­ward to see­ing you all on the beach for the first Club day of the sea­son very soon!

Alis­tair Cook