Smiths Beach Surf Lifesaving Club
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There are so many ways to get involved with Surf Life Saving WA, even without getting wet. Consider booking in-classroom education; maintaining a corporate sponsorship; or becoming a parent member, competition official or club committee member. Plus, find out how to become a lifesaver or sign up as a Woodside Nipper.
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West Australia’s community members are vital supporters of Surf Life Saving WA. Because of you, no-one will have to know what would happen if our volunteers weren’t between the flags. Men and women, young and old –volunteer surf lifesavers are on our beaches to keep you safe.
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Woodside Nipper Season:
Sunday 29 October 2023 – Sunday 17 December 2023 (break for summer school hols)
Sunday 4 February 2024 – Sunday 24 March 2024
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Southern End of Smiths Beach
Our season includes 15 beach sessions, where Nippers will learn surf awareness, individual safety, lifesaving skills & surf sport skills. We hold three Club competition days each season and there is also the opportunity to travel to Inter-Club competitions at Bunbury SLSC or in Perth should you wish.
Roles Within Our Club
Our Club is run entirely on volunteers, there are no paid positions. So we need everyone to help out where they can, its no secret many hands make light work. Below are some key roles we need to fill to be able to operate the Club at full capacity this coming season. We also understand that everyone has a range of responsibilities in their lives, so even if you can only offer a small amount of help, we’d be happy to take it 🙂
Leading the Club’s board and committees to run the Club to the best of its abilities with a focus on Strategic Development. Liaising with SLSWA to ensure our Club’s affiliation requirements are met, including attending the annual Presidents Forum in Perth (accomm & fuel allowance provided). Managing of Storage & Training Facilities and coordinating of maintenance as required.
Supporting the Club President in their role. Community and corporate liaison and engagement.
Director of Lifesaving:
Heading up the core lifesaving pillar of our Club this role is responsible for managing volunteer patrols and water safety. You will need to hold a Bronze Medallion, demonstrate a high level of communication skills and be willing to learn Surf Life Saving Australia’s online systems for logging of data. The peak period for this role is over the summer months while the Club meets its patrol obligations. Training and support is available!
Director of Junior Sports (Woodside Nipper program):
You will be responsible for coordinating the Age Group Managers and ensure the Woodside Nipper curriculum is delivered over the October – March period (break for the summer hols). You do not need to be a qualified lifesaver for this role, there are plenty of online and in person learning opportunities, you just need to be enthusiastic and great at communicating. This role is ideally part of the board of directors, but not essential.
Director of Administration:
Responsible for secretarial duties of the board – agendas, minute taking, corporate governance requirements, SLSWA annual reporting. Ensures member registrations are up to date and recorded correctly. Maintains the Clubs records as required. Annual insurance renewals. Facilitates Club communication to members and the public via various platforms.
Director of Finance:
Responsible for maintaining up to date accounts, regular reporting to the board and liaising with accountants and auditors to produce end of year financials and meet tax & ACNC obligations. Experience in Xero and online banking is preferred, however training can be provided to the right person. This role ideally incorporates the managing of grants and fundraising for the Club, with support from the board.
Education & Training Officer:
Responsible for coordinating the SBSLSC trainers to provide members with required education and maintain skills. Logging of all member education in the SurfGuard system. Liaising with SLSWA Education team and other South West Club trainers to maximise available courses, whilst streamlining efficiencies and resources.
Age Group Managers:
Responsible for delivering the Woodside Nipper curriculum each Sunday morning over the October – March period (except summer school holidays). Ideally we’ll have a number of people filling these roles to provide some depth and flexibility within our age groups on the beach. You do not need to be a qualified lifesaver for this role, there are plenty of online and in person learning opportunities, you just need to be enthusiastic and enjoy working with children.
Administration Support / Registrar:
If anyone is willing to assist with any administration throughout the season, it would be really helpful. Things such as monitoring Club emails & phone, checking the post weekly, assisting to send Newsletters or social media updates would be a huge help. Additionally throughout October and November we have our registration period, so if anyone has some spare time during those months, please let us know.
Taking a lead on getting the Club’s stories out to the broader community. Liaising with local newspapers for potential articles, maintaining our MRBTA membership, managing of social media accounts and promoting of Club activities and events throughout the year.
Responsible for design, ordering and sales of the Club’s merchandise. Ensure pricing is profitable for the Club. Stocktakes as required.
Responsible for ensuring our Sunday Nippers BBQ is stocked each week from November through to March (break for summer school holidays). This can be done mid week if preferred, by purchasing and ordering stock and dropping at the Shed ready for Sunday morning. You do NOT have to cook the BBQ each week, that will be rostered out 🙂
If there are any other areas of the Club you’d be interested in volunteering in or you have a specialised skill set, please get in touch – there’s always plenty of things to be done!