Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches


The Strategic Leadership Program has been developed to support our organisation’s strategic plan, specifically the objective to work better together, by enabling a strong leadership culture to lead the organisation now and future proof our capability moving forward. T he Strategic Leadership Program will be run in place of the 18-25 Development Networking Program (DNP) which will now no longer run.  Upon review of the DNP, key factors including declining participation and support, unclear outcomes and a lack of links to the strategic plan were key factors in determining its cancellation.  

The program will combine short, sharp education sessions with future-focused workshopping sessions to build participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence, whilst also engaging them to reflect upon what the organisation needs from its leaders in the future.  The outcome will inform a roadmap for skilled, effective and passionate leaders into the future.  This roadmap will be presented for discussion at the SLSNSW Board Meeting in February 2020.

We are looking for proactive surf lifesavers who are keen to have a say in the future of our organisation, develop their leadership skills, have fun, be inclusive, work hard, champion change and be the voice of the future!  We encourage active surf lifesavers from every Branch who are newly appointed position holders, or who see themselves taking on a leadership role in the next three years to apply.

  • 16 members aged 20-29 years
  • 16 members aged 30-44 years
  • 16 members aged 45+ years

Please note this program is not suitable for long standing position holders, or for previous program participants (18-25 DNP, National Leadership College or Masterclass). It is designed to be a forum to engage a new group of members in the leadership discussion.
You can find more information about the program and how to apply in the attached flyer, Leadership Development Programs page


We will be conducting a 90-minute Governance training program for SLS Club Directors on Saturday 19 October starting at 2pm Branch HQ, Unit 9/1 Vuko Place, Warriewood.

We would encourage all clubs to participate, especially new Directors ( Committee members) and/or those who have not done any previous Governance training.

The course will be facilitated by Ian Fullager who is the SLSA and SLSNSW Legal Counsel. SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce and I will also be attending the program and we will be happy to answer any questions

The course will cover the responsibilities of Directors of an Association and will provide additional resources to ensure participants are aware of the principles of sound Governance within your Club and their fiduciary responsibilities as a Director.

Spaces are limited so book early.

To book, call the branch on 9913 8066  - ask for Sharon,  or email

We will be video recording the course for those who cannot make this date and will send out a link to the recording the week after the course.

Mental Health First Aid Course 
10th& 17thNovember 2019 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
Candidates must be Over 18 to attend this course
Bookings here 

National Leadership College 2020

Please find attached Circular 16/19-20 and Application Forms for the National Leadership College 2020 for which applications are now open!

NLC 2020 will be held at Base Backpackers Sydney from 2-8 February 2020. 
NLC will help members forge new networks with like minded and passionate surf lifesavers across the country who are committed to making a difference within the movement. 
The program combines a diverse range of inspiring guest speakers, workshops, and activities. 

SLSA are offering four scholarship opportunities to members from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) backgrounds to take part in NLC 2020.
Please send endorsed applications to me by Monday 14th October.
Circular    Application Form   Scholarship Application Form