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2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Relocation Decision
Following inspections on Tuesday March 19 by the 2013 Australian Championships Event Organising Committee (AEOC) in consultation with representatives from SLSA, Gold Coast City Council and the Australian Surf Rowers League, it has been decided to relocate the surf boat events from Tugun Beach to North Kirra. Find out more >>

Beautify Beachsafe for chance to win a Nikon D3100 DSLR and a 18-55mm VR Lens!
To celebrate the launch of the all new, we’re asking you to get involved and help us to beautify Beachsafe! SLSA is giving away a brand new D3100 DSLR with a 18-55mm VR Lens to the winning picture. Find out more >>

Gatorade Clash of the Paddles 2013 – Entries Now Open
Back in its second year, the 2013 Gatorade Clash of the Paddles is now calling out for competitor entries. More than just a racing event, the Gatorade Clash of the Paddles, to be held from June 20-24, is lucky enough to call the exquisite Hamilton Island its home. Enter now >>

News from Aussies 2013

February Aussies Xperience Competition winner announced
Congratulations to Kylie Broad from Sorrento SLSC in Western Australia who's won the February Aussies Xperience prize. Kylie won two (2) one day world passes to experience both Dream world and Whitewater World (courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism). More great prizes up for grabs. Enter now >>

Official 2013 Aussies Program available online
For the first time in 2013, the Official Aussies Program will be available online as well as a hard copy on the beach. The online version will be available to view and download from >>

ONE TOUCH DVD Available at Aussies
ONE TOUCH, Nutri-Grain Ironman Wes Berg’s inspiring surf documentary featuring 2012 world surfing champion Joel Parkinson, the Sunshine Coast's Dean Brady, Gold Coasters Bede Durbidge, Occy and 2012 world junior champion Jack Freestone and Hawaiians Dusty Payne, Clyde Aikau and the late Andy Irons, will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for SLS members at the Aussies. View trailer >>

ATT: Aussies Team Managers & Officials
Be sure to check out edition #1 of the Team Managers Memo and the Officials Memo. These memos will be shortly followed by the second edition.

2014 Aussies Dates
The 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will take place from March 31 - April 6 at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia.

General News


Launch of the brand new BeachSafe website
The newly redesigned BeachSafe website has been launched by SLSA. The new site is more sophisticated and easier to use than ever. BeachSafe brings you current information and conditions for the beach you would like to visit, hazards you might find there and services available to assist in your beach choice. Check out the new BeachSafe at >>


BRP Powercraft Grant awarded to 35 Surf Life Saving Clubs and Services around Australia
Congratulations to the 35 Surf Life Saving clubs and services from around Australia, selected to be the beneficiaries of the 2013 BRP Powercraft Equipment Grant. The grant, launched in February, allocated a total of $360,000 worth of essential lifesaving equipment to Surf Life Saving (SLS) affiliated clubs and services across Australia by allowing them to purchase heavily subsidised powercraft equipment.Read full article >>


Calling for SLSA Leaders' Masterclass 2013 Applications
Applications are now open for SLSA' Leaders' Masterclass 2013 program. The aim of the Leaders Masterclass is to provide an opportunity for existing leaders within SLS (at all levels) to participate in a high-level leadership development program. The Masterclass will be held from Friday 24 May – Monday 27 May at the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI), Mt Macedon Victoria. Apply now >>


Registration now open for the Fiji Challenge 2013!
The not-for-profit organisation CUFA invites SLS members to take part in the 2013 Fijian Leadership Challenge. Fom 6 - 17 May, participants will be challenged as they embark on a 60km kayak around Kadavu and Ono Islands, southwest of Fiji. Following the kayaking challenge, participants will engage in a range of activities to support CUFA’s in-country project work. The final challenge is to commit to 100 hours of community volunteering once returning from Fiji. Register now >>


Surf Life Saving Sunscreen
Surf Life Saving Sunscreen is now offering wholesale discounts, exclusive to SLS clubs. The following products are now available; 100ml & 200ml tubes in Sport, Daily and Kids variants & a 500ml daily pump pack range. Buy at discounted price >>


Beach Flags
If you haven't already purchased your club beach flag packs and would like to order before Aussies please visit or email Nathan at


International Development News


Burnie lifesaver makes waves in Samoa
On Monday March 25, David Guest from Burnie SLSC in Tasmania commenced his role at the Samoan Tourism Authority (STA) in Samoa. In the role coordinated by the Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID), David will manage, supervise and assist with a number of lifesaving activities throughout coastal areas of Samoa. Read full article >>


SLSA introduces Surf Safety Education into Phuket
SLSA recently expanded its contribution to drowning prevention and surf safety in Phuket, Thailand to include communities and schools in addition to local Lifeguards. At the forefront of the program is David Field (Cudgen Headland SLSC) and Anthony Bradstreet (Manly SLSC) who recently travelled to Phuket to induct and train the local Thai lifeguards in the delivery of a lifesaving education program for a mobile lifesaving unit.Read full article >>


Korean Coastguard Delegation visits SLSA
On Thursday March 7 the Korean Coastguard Delegation made a visit to SLSA’s Head Offices in Sydney. The purpose of the visit followed the Coastguard's seeking of a full understanding of the organisation and to gain further insight into lifesaving operations. Read full article >>



Sport Education Newsletter Issue #3 out now
Sport Education aims to keep you informed with the latest sport development news and information from Surf Life Saving. Issue #3 is now available online. Click here to read >>

SLSA Circulars
Please visit the website for the latest circulars from SLSA. Click here >>

Aussies Gear Win DRIFT  movie tickets

Get your 2013 Aussies gear now!

With Aussies just around the corner, it's time to get all the gear you need for the the big event!

From Tees to singlets, jackets, jumpers, shorts, hats and accessories, you can get all your merchandise for Aussies from the SLS Online Shop.

Visit the SLS Online Shop now

Win one of 50 double passes to see new surf film, DRIFT!

Hopscotch films and SLSA are giving away 50 double passes to see the exciting new Australian action-drama (surf) film, DRIFT, scedhuled for release on May 2.

Be one of the first 50 people to email your name, club and postal address to and win 2 tickets to see Drift at a cinema in your state!

Find out more here
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