Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches



Hi Parents and Carers 
Thanks for being a part of the Active Kids family. We're now in our third year and we couldn't have done it without you.
We've had some big wins:
2 million vouchers created 
1.6 million vouchers redeemed  
You can now claim your first voucher for 2020 and redeem at any of our +11,000 providers.  
Your first voucher is valid all year with a second voucher available from 1 July, 2020. Two vouchers mean you can have active kids all year.

Mental Health First Aid Course 
9th & 16th February 2020 Candidates must attend both days of the course
8.30am - 4pm @ the Branch Office

Morning tea & lunch provided
Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they're concerned about. Completing an MHFA Course will help you to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker. Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.
This is an accredited course under the auspices of Mental Health First Aid Australia and all participants will receive a certificate on successful completion.
The course is facilitated by Lindsay Smith who is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Mental Health first aid trainers in Australia.
Normally these course cost between $290- $350 however the Branch is offering a subsidised rate of $120 for SLS Members and $200 for Non Members

SLSNSW Induction pack - Click here to download

This is a great tool to help with your Club Management, whether you are new to your role or a long standing members.

I would like to role this out to your Executive Committee over the next week,  if you have anything you could like to talk about or need assistance with please feel free to either call me 9913 8066 Monday to Thursday 8.30 – 4.30pm or email me

Governance Information for Club Executive

Copy of presentation

2019/2020 Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop 

SLSNSW invites nominations for the 2019/20 YOMs workshop which is geared towards creating greater awareness of opportunities and individual abilities in 15-17 year old members.

As a Branch, we are encouraged to use this workshop as a method of recognising members who have the potential to develop skills further by working with like-minded youth.  This age group has one of the largest dropout rates and it is up to Clubs to nominate and recognise their members for programs like YOM’s.

The workshop will be sponsored by SLSNSW and is held from Tuesday April 14 to Thursday April 16, 2020 at The Collaroy Centre.

Attached is the YOMs Circular which contains information and nomination form link.  All applicants will need to complete the Jotform Application online (link contained within the Circular which is attached here).  Please note that no handwritten nominations will be accepted.

Nominations close 9am, Monday February 3, 2020.

All nominations must be submitted directly to SLSNSW.  SLSNSW will then forward the nominations to Branch for endorsement.

2019/20 Working with Children Check (WWCC) Requirements.  This document outlines the legal requirements and responsibilities for members and clubs in relation to WWCCs in NSW.

These updated requirements include an amendment to the parent exemption section following advice from the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG).  This exemption clarifies that parents require a WWCC if their child is participating in a different age group to the one they are volunteering with.

Can you please review this information and share with members, working with them to implement these requirements.  It is important for clubs and members to take action now, so that members have time to apply for and obtain a WWCC prior to season start.  A flowchart has been included to assist with understanding who needs a WWCC. 
Please note that every WWCC needs to be verified by the Club with the Office of Children’s Guardian, and steps on this process are included.  A number of clubs have been flagged by the Office of the Children’s Guardian as needing support with their verification processes, and SLSNSW will be in touch with a number of clubs in the coming weeks to provide assistance with this process. 
2019 SLSNSW Working with Children Check Requirements
FAQ – Working with Children Checks