Archive for January, 2019


Monday, January 21st, 2019

Many of us use the month of Jan­u­ary to set our­selves some goals for the year. Typ­i­cal­ly, we aim to change some­thing we are not hap­py with, for exam­ple our health. Whilst it is great that we reflect upon and revise our health sta­tus and lives in gen­er­al, set­ting goals which are dif­fi­cult and unre­al­is­tic can leave us feel­ing dis­heart­ened, upset and like fail­ures. Equal­ly, set­ting goals which are too easy can also be prob­lem­at­ic in that the changes we make are unlike­ly to be sus­tain­able, sim­ply because we did not have to work that hard to get there. Any change requires plan­ning and true change can take up to two years to incor­po­rate into our lives ensur­ing that change not only hap­pens, but the changes we make then become the new way of being.

Some sim­ple ways of increas­ing our chances of suc­cess in set­ting and achiev­ing goals and ongo­ing, sus­tain­able change can be to set what are called SMART goals. SMART stands for Spe­cif­ic, Mea­sur­able, Achiev­able, Rel­e­vant and Time Based. Here is how you can incor­po­rate SMART goals into your desired change set­ting you up not only for increased oppor­tu­ni­ties of suc­cess but also plan­ning for those lit­tle hic­cups which might occur;


What exact­ly is it you want to change? Name it, write it down, tell trust­ed oth­ers.


What will the change look like, how will you know you are mak­ing a change?

What is the high­est lev­el of change you are aim­ing for, what is the low­est lev­el you would still be hap­py with and where is some­where in the mid­dle? How will you know change is occur­ring? Per­haps a dai­ly, week­ly, month­ly progress chart can help here. If it is some­thing phys­i­cal, take a pho­to, take some mea­sure­ments.


Is the goal real­is­tic? Typ­i­cal­ly, you want to be about 70% con­fi­dent you can make this change. The con­fi­dence rat­ing of 70% ensures the goal isn’t too dif­fi­cult or too easy. Find­ing a bud­dy or join­ing a group who is also inter­est­ed in mak­ing this change increas­es your like­li­hood of suc­cess. It’s much hard­er to walk away or not turn up when you are account­able to oth­ers besides your­self.


Does it mean some­thing to you? Is it your goal? Are you invest­ed in the change? Change which means noth­ing to you or which you may be try­ing to do to please some­one else is just hard work and can leave you feel­ing guilty, frus­trat­ed and like a fail­ure. Here, you need to be hon­est with your­self and hon­est with oth­ers.


How long are you going to give your­self to make the change? Can you break this time­frame into incre­ments with small goal ori­en­tat­ed reward points along the way? Be care­ful not to reward your­self with some­thing which is a step back­wards towards the behav­iour you are try­ing to change! To increase your chances of suc­cess, look for­ward, what events which are com­ing your way and may be a threat towards goal achieve­ment? Plan for them.

Oth­er tips that can help are con­sid­er­ing the fol­low­ing:

  • Write your goal down, say it out aloud and share it with some­one you know who will be sup­port­ive. There are many tem­plates for SMART goals on the inter­net, have a look and down­load one.
  • Plan­ning is the key. What prepa­ra­tion will you need to do to increase your chance of suc­cess? Who can help you and what does that help need to look like? Are there cer­tain sit­u­a­tions which you might need to avoid where you know you will be tempt­ed in the ear­ly stages of change?
  • What can you replace the behav­iour you want to change with? For exam­ple, going for a walk at a time when you might nor­mal­ly do the behav­iour you want to change.
  • Think about last time you tried to intro­duce change, what worked well and what didn’t? Can you use some­things you learnt from your past attempt to increase your suc­cess this time?
  • Would help from a pro­fes­sion­al increase your like­li­hood of suc­cess?

Above all remem­ber, along the way you are like­ly to face some hic­cups. Hic­cups are lit­tle speed bumps on your road to change. You know the ones, the days where work or home are stress­ful and despite the best laid plans, life just gets in the way or when you get sick or injured and you just feel like giv­ing up. Again, be real­is­tic, here, accep­tance is the key. Every­one has bad days when it all seems too hard. It’s when you con­vince your­self that the bad day has ruined all of your efforts and there is no point in get­ting back on track when the hic­cups become a major prob­lem. Here are some things you can do to stop a hic­cup from becom­ing a total dis­as­ter:

  • Reflect – what hap­pened and why? What might you need to revise to make the goal achiev­able again?
  • Time­frame – allow your­self to feel like this/behave like that for an after­noon or 24 hours but then, it’s back on track. Pick your­self up and dust your­self off!
  • Turn to one of your sup­ports – some­times hav­ing a bud­dy who will help you get back on track or just lis­ten to you is all you that you actu­al­ly need­ed.
  • Remind your­self – why did you set this goal and what was so impor­tant about it in the first place?
  • Be kind – don’t say any­thing to your­self that you would not say to your best friend!

Final­ly, if you have already start­ed your 2019 goals and are hav­ing a few hic­cups, don’t wor­ry, you can always use some of these sim­ple tips to help you get back on track. Some­times, you just need to take a step back to be able to move for­ward again.

Next time, we’ll look at sleep, some­thing we increas­ing­ly strug­gle with yet if we can get it right, has major impacts on our over­all well­be­ing.

WA Surf Life Savers 25 Year Club

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

This club came into being in 1972 with the late Bill Kid­ner being the enthu­si­as­tic cat­a­lyst behind its for­ma­tion. The inau­gur­al meet­ing took place at the North Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club on Wednes­day 27th, 1972. It is unique to WA so far, with no oth­er club like it in Australia’s surf life­sav­ing cir­cles.

The club is open to all mem­bers that have received the SLSA 25 Year Ser­vice Award or above or have com­plet­ed at least 25 years of ser­vice with their club.

The objects of the WA Surf Life Savers 25 Year Club are:

  1. For mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in a wider asso­ci­a­tion while still retain­ing inter­est and sup­port for their own clubs, it pro­motes the com­radery of all surf life­savers and helps to relive the great years of friend­ship and fel­low­ship with social events being offered dur­ing the year.
  2. To fos­ter good will and social activ­i­ty among present and past surf life­savers who qual­i­fy for mem­ber­ship under its con­sti­tu­tion.
  3. To always sup­port the Junior move­ment of Surf Life­sav­ing and work with Surf Life Sav­ing WA in pro­mot­ing this area of devel­op­ment.

The cost of mem­ber­ship is $10 annu­al­ly and con­tributes to the run­ning of our club.

With regards to social events the club tries to organ­ise sun­down­ers at dif­fer­ent surf clubs through­out the year as well as util­is­ing the bar­beque area at Surf Life Sav­ing WA in Bal­cat­ta. The costs to mem­bers are always kept to a min­i­mum.

In past years we have been able to have a buf­fet din­ner at the Hillarys Yacht Club. This has act­ed as the club’s end of sea­son din­ner. Mem­bers part­ners are always wel­come.

It is always a priv­i­lege and an hon­our to asso­ciate with our surf­ing mates and ladies.

Eli­gi­ble mem­bers inter­est­ed in join­ing the 25 Year Club can con­tact the fol­low­ing:

Pres­i­dent:         Jeff Young (Scar­boro) Mobile 0437 755 377

Sec­re­tary:         Bri­an Carthew (Trigg Island) Mobile 0409 448 521

Volunteer of the Month — December

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Spon­sors Edith Cow­an Uni­ver­si­ty are sup­port­ing a Vol­un­teer of the Month recog­ni­tion ini­tia­tive with our Club … Decem­ber stars are: Carl Mills, Simon Gid­ley, Dawn Jones and Pen­ny Fort­mann.

Dawn Jones – for her work in run­ning social events such as the Mel­bourne Cup but also for her sup­port of our surf sports as an offi­cial. Dawn offi­ci­at­ed at the Worlds in Ade­laide and had done 7 days offi­ci­at­ing in the last month alone.

Carl Mills – for his coach­ing of the Beachies team over the last >6 months which he has com­mit­ted to 4 days per week as a vol­un­teer. In addi­tion to this he has sort­ed teams and indi­vid­u­als for car­ni­vals this sea­son and prob­a­bly most impor­tant­ly, built a core group of ath­letes, some of whom wouldn’t still be mem­bers of the club if it wasn’t for his involve­ment and oth­ers wouldn’t be com­pet­ing in this field.

Pen­ny Fort­mann – has con­tributed a huge amount cov­er­ing the shop, coach­ing, social events and oth­er areas. Invalu­able at retail shop sell­ing and arrang­ing stock, spend­ing many hours as well as see­ing to oth­er vol­un­teer posi­tions.

  • Tier 6 Board Coach Mon­day 5–6pm
  • Tier 6 Board Coach Wednes­day 5–6pm
  • U8s Board Coach Sat­ur­day 8–9am
  • U9s Board Coach Sat­ur­day 9–10am
  • Shop Fri­day night and Sun­day morn­ing

Simon Gid­ley – for his con­tri­bu­tion in edu­ca­tion train­ing this year and the out­comes from that are adding to our core ser­vice.

  • Lead Train­er on Bronze 1
  • Train­ing Offi­cer (full time) on Bronze 2
  • Train­ing Offi­cer (part time) on Bronze 2B
  • Lead Train­er for 2 Nip­per Res­cue Cer­tifi­cates
  • Assist­ed on every requal


Friday, January 11th, 2019

As announced by our pres­i­dent Alis­tair Cook in Decem­ber, the board has approved a three year plan aimed at increas­ing our member’s and in turn our com­mu­ni­ties’ well­be­ing.

This ini­tia­tive is ground break­ing for surf life­sav­ing clubs in West­ern Aus­tralia and brings surf life­sav­ing into line with oth­er organ­i­sa­tions and sport­ing codes.

The ini­tia­tive is aimed at increas­ing your under­stand­ing of what actions you can take to keep your­self and sup­port oth­ers to keep well. It will increase your aware­ness of how your men­tal health is pos­i­tive­ly impact­ed by your phys­i­cal health and how clubs such as Mul­laloo SLSC have a vital part to play in encour­ag­ing and enabling behav­iours which increase well­be­ing.  It will edu­cate our younger club mem­bers (and be a good reminder for the not so young) on the impor­tance of pos­i­tive life habits such as good nutri­tion, good sleep, the effects of reg­u­lar exer­cise, hav­ing a rou­tine, how to build resilience and the impor­tance of belong­ing and giv­ing to a com­mu­ni­ty.

The Back to Front Christ­mas Tree which recent­ly saw many gifts being dis­trib­uted to the hun­dreds of home­less peo­ple in Perth was the first event to be held under this port­fo­lio. Thank you to all who con­tributed, the gifts were grate­ful­ly received by Ruah and brought much joy to those who oth­er­wise would have gone with­out. Next year we hope to build on this activ­i­ty and pro­vide a Christ­mas morn­ing break­fast to ensure that no one is alone in our com­mu­ni­ty on Christ­mas morn­ing.

The edu­ca­tion­al aspect of this plan will see Patrol Cap­tains and Age Group Man­agers giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in a two day Men­tal Health First Aid Train­ing Course. This is aimed at giv­ing these lead­er­ship roles the skills and knowl­edge required to iden­ti­fy and respond to those who may be show­ing signs of men­tal health chal­lenges in the same man­ner that we respond to those who need some phys­i­cal first aid. This train­ing is high­ly valu­able and will be run twice dur­ing the off sea­son.  It is impor­tant to under­stand that whilst the train­ing helps to iden­ti­fy, under­stand, and pro­vide an ini­tial con­ver­sa­tion­al response to men­tal health issues, it does not qual­i­fy hold­ers to pro­vide treat­ment. How­ev­er; it does teach some good sim­ple tech­niques equip­ping trainees with the abil­i­ty to sup­port peo­ple to seek treat­ment from either their GP or a qual­i­fied men­tal health prac­ti­tion­er.

The ini­tia­tive will also see impor­tant sup­port num­bers such as Life­line not­ed on our clubs home page and reg­u­lar arti­cles placed in our newslet­ter, the first will be on how to set your­self up for suc­cess when set­ting New Year’s Goals. No doubt the hordes of novice run­ners, cyclists and swim­mers who hit our won­der­ful Perth beach­es, pools and roads every year around this time will be think­ing about!


Friday, January 11th, 2019

In con­junc­tion with an exter­nal provider, SLSWA are train­ing mem­bers to become accred­it­ed drone oper­a­tors. The drone is seen as an exten­sion of the patrolling capa­bil­i­ty of our surf life­sav­ing ser­vice and we are seek­ing expres­sions of inter­est from patrolling mem­bers who wish to become accred­it­ed as drone oper­a­tors. The pre-req­ui­sites for this are that you are 16 years of age or old­er with your Bronze Medal­lion and are a reg­u­lar patrolling mem­ber.

The train­ing itself con­sists of the com­ple­tion of some online learn­ing mod­ules (approx­i­mate­ly 4 – 6 hours to com­plete), then prac­ti­cal train­ing com­pris­ing of one mid-week evening and one full day on the fol­low­ing week­end. We are look­ing to com­mence the course in the week com­menc­ing 21/01/2019 with a tar­get two weeks to com­plete the sched­uled train­ing. After the train­ing is com­plet­ed, you will need to com­plete five hours fly­ing time with one of the exist­ing oper­a­tors in order to com­plete the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.  At this stage, the club has sev­en exist­ing oper­a­tors and we are want­i­ng to increase this so that each patrol has at least two drone oper­a­tors assigned to it. Until then, it is a con­di­tion of com­plet­ing this qual­i­fi­ca­tion that you will com­mit to becom­ing part of the exist­ing drone ros­ter. This may involve you oper­at­ing out­side of your cur­rent ros­tered patrol. Note that due to the gen­er­al sum­mer weath­er pat­tern, drone patrolling is gen­er­al­ly restrict­ed to (week­end) morn­ings.

If you meet the above cri­te­ria and are will­ing to com­mit to the require­ments, please email Tony Green­field.


Friday, January 11th, 2019

All Club mem­bers are encour­aged to review the Gym Mem­ber­ship Cat­e­gories below for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on who is allowed entry and use. Not com­ply­ing with these require­ments expos­es the Club, and the Mem­ber, should an injury/accident occur.

For clar­i­fi­ca­tion, Mem­bers are not allowed to bring friends or non-qual­i­fy­ing users into the gym.

Non-qual­i­fy­ing Gym users such as U14s (non BM hold­ers) are NOT to use the gym of their own accord. Non-qual­i­fy­ing Gym users are to only use the gym under the direct super­vi­sion of their coach for for­mal train­ing ses­sions.


The Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club Gym­na­si­um is not a pub­lic facil­i­ty. Admis­sion is restrict­ed to those with per­mis­sion.

A – Active Finan­cial and Patrolling/Long Ser­vice (Access to gym in peak and non peak times)

S – Social Mem­ber (Hav­ing pur­chased gym mem­ber­ship, access to gym in non peak times only)

G – Guest (e.g. coach/trainer.  Access to gym requires autho­ri­sa­tion from Coach­ing Man­ag­er)

Peak Times – Peri­ods when the gym is like­ly to be in high­est demand, cur­rent­ly defined as week­days (Mon – Fri inclu­sive) from 5am – 8am and 4pm — 8pm

Non Peak Times – Peri­ods when the gym is like­ly to be in the least demand, cur­rent­ly at times oth­er than peak times.

An active (Full Mem­ber) is iden­ti­fied in the Club By laws as a mem­ber who is 15+ and holds one of the fol­low­ing awards:

  1. Bronze Medal­lion
  2. Senior First Aid
  3. Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques
  4. Surf Res­cue Cer­tifi­cate

Mullaloo SLSC Board Nominations 2019

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Inter­est­ed in serv­ing the club on the Board as a Direc­tor? Are you keen to help craft the club’s future?

While it is some­time away at the moment the cur­rent Mul­laloo SLSC Board would like to invite mem­bers to con­sid­er serv­ing as a Board mem­ber from mid 2019. Based on the elec­tion cycle three board posi­tions come up for elec­tion at the 2019 AGM.

The Board needs a broad range of skills and rep­re­sen­ta­tion from across the club to enact the clubs strate­gic plan. If you think you have the skills and dri­ve to assist in this, please con­sid­er putting your name for­ward.

In the mean­time, please feel free to dis­cuss this with mem­bers of the cur­rent Board.

Board’s Shorts

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Swell Partnership

We are pleased to report that the part­ner­ship with Swell is devel­op­ing well and they recent­ly cel­e­brat­ed their first birth­day.

With the restau­rant up and run­ning, the Board is work­ing with Cass and Olivi­er to embed process­es and pro­ce­dures that will allow for a pro­longed and suc­cess­ful rela­tion­ship.

Finan­cial ben­e­fits are begin­ning to flow into the club and the Board is cur­rent­ly work­ing with the Club’s Exec­u­tive to plan for the future on the back of this.

As we move to the next phase of our rela­tion­ship it’s time­ly to thank all those who have been involved in the devel­op­ment of this project, from the ini­tial con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the refur­bish­ment and redesign, through the build­ing phase, to the cur­rent point.  The vision and plan­ning of past Boards under the lead­er­ship of Car­lo Tenaglia and Stu­art Clarke is bear­ing fruit.

If you ever have any ques­tions or enquiries about this part­ner­ship please feel free to ask and / or dis­cuss this with a cur­rent Board mem­ber.

Strategic Planning

The cur­rent Club’s Strate­gic Plan (2013 to 2023)  is 5/6 years into enact­ment and the Board has resolved to review this exist­ing plan.

The review will seek feed­back and gath­er data from across the club, to con­sid­er the cur­rent plan in the con­text of 2019 and beyond, towards 2023.

As a result the Board will re-cal­i­brate (or not) the plan going for­wards.

While the cur­rent Board will set direc­tion based on this review, the Board has secured an exter­nal facil­i­ta­tor to gath­er data and advise on this process. All mem­bers will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­vide feed­back and thoughts in one way or oth­er dur­ing this process. Look out of more details in the com­ing weeks.

Capital expenditure (CAPEX)

The Club’s Exec­u­tive is cur­rent­ly gath­er­ing cap­i­tal expen­di­ture ideas and items to put to the Board, for the club mov­ing for­wards. If mem­bers have ideas and / or thoughts on club needs that fall into the CAPEX ‘bas­ket’ feel free to make these known to the appro­pri­ate Gen­er­al Man­agers. Note: while we wel­come all thoughts and sug­ges­tions, the Exec and Board will of course dis­cuss and pri­ori­tise expen­di­ture based on needs across the club.

Club Vehicles

The club is cur­rent­ly expe­ri­enc­ing some issues with club vehi­cles, the ATV and 4WD. The ATV is being ser­viced and will be back in reg­u­lar ser­vice ASAP. Options for the clubs 4WD are being con­sid­ered. The Board is cur­rent­ly seek­ing advice across the club in regards options going for­ward.

New Defibs

The club has pur­chased new Defibs to sup­port our Life­sav­ing ser­vices on the beach which will be in oper­a­tion short­ly.

Technology Committee

Under the lead­er­ship of Board Mem­ber Kim Allen, the Tech­nol­o­gy com­mit­tee is review­ing and con­sid­er­ing the clubs tech­nol­o­gy needs. From audio visu­al to secu­ri­ty the Com­mit­tee are work­ing with the Club’s Exec­u­tive to iden­ti­fy and pro­cure resources that enhance the club.

Observation Tower

The new Lot­tery­west fund­ed obser­va­tion tow­er (like the one at City Beach) is cur­rent­ly pro­gress­ing through the plan­ning appli­ca­tion process with the City of Joon­dalup. Con­struc­tion of the Mul­laloo tow­er will com­mence immi­nent­ly and it is hoped the new tow­er will be on our beach in a few months.