ABOUT SOMERTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB
Somerton SLSC was formed in 1960 by two young men, Robin Kidney and Phil Lambourne. They joined the life saving movement in 1958 (at West Beach) and, after consultation with their peers, formed the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. Read more about our history here.
Somerton SLSC has a proud and successful history in both lifesaving and competition. Somerton has medalled in both beach and surf competition at “Aussies” – Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in recent years.
Our membership includes nippers and patrolling members, along with associate members who are mostly parents of nippers; participating in club activities from cooking the Saturday BBQ, filling the role of an Age Group Manager to sweeping out the shed – they are the backbone of our club.
Our success is built upon strong family foundations, where each member can find something to interest them, regardless of age or ability. Our club boasts many third generation families actively involved in all areas of the club from administration to juniors.
We welcome all new members to the club. You can participate in a wide range of services to the club and the community. If you visit our beach, you’ll usually find our members out and about, either training hard in one of the surf sports disciplines or fine tuning their life saving skills. The club offers a wide range of activities. Whether a competitor at heart or someone who enjoys spending time with friends soaking up the beach atmosphere, Somerton Surf Club is just what you are looking for. Consider training to become a qualified Surf Life Saver, it’s the best way to meet existing clubbies and make new friends whilst learning valuable life skills. From a five year old nipper to a masters competitor of over 60 years, we have something for everyone.
Somerton Surf Life Saving Club is responsible for patrolling the beach between King Street, Brighton to the south and The Broadway, Glenelg to the North. Our patrol and competition season commences in early October and concludes the first weekend in April. We train our members to become valuable Life Savers who patrol our beach, teaching techniques from surf swimming through to vital life saving and resuscitation skills.
During patrol season, Nipper activities are conducted at the beach each Saturday from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. There are a number of Junior carnivals (Sundays) throughout the season, the dates and locations can be found in the Junior Handbook on this site. Somerton SLSC has been named host of the Junior Surf Life Saving State Championships for 2015/16 on the weekend of 12th and 13th March, 2016.
Our Senior Life Savers (over 15 years) can compete at Senior Carnivals throughout the season. There is a pre-requisite of completing 16 patrol hours in a calendar year to qualify for competition. Events include beach sprints, beach flags, board, ski, surf boats and a variety of other disciplines. Please contact the club for more details.
In addition to patrols, life saving and competition, Somerton is active in youth retention through its popular SomerSquad program. This program is designed for nippers moving into the senior ranks; not quite as structured as nippers but lots of fun. Check out the activities under “SomerSquad” on this site.
This season saw Somerton receive the “SLSSA Community Program of the Year Award” at the SLSSA Awards of Excellence Presentation in August for our Somerton SEALs program – “Special Education and Learning”. This program enables children with intellectual disabilities to experience the fun of sun and surf in a safe environment provided by our dedicated volunteers and life savers.