Welcome to the ABSLSC Youth Page

Youth are our clubs U14 – U19 members. This page is your one stop shop for anything ‘Youth’ at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

For any Youth queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Youth Development Coordinator

November 2023 Update

The season officially started in October, and our Youth have already been busy! Some working towards their Surf Rescue Certificate, whilst others are working towards their Bronze Medallion. Many of our youth have hit the beach (and pool!) assisting the nipper program by being Age Group Managers, Age Group Assistants and general Water Cover. Once the Bronze Medallion is completed, we will be moving onto the IRB Crew training! We also have a couple undertaking their Foundation Coaching Course.

Pre season training has come to an end for the 23-24 summer competition. So all our Youth competitors have been training hard in their respective surf sport disciplines. A handful of our Youth have already hit the competition scene, competing at the SA Kozii Enduro in Swim, Board and Ski, and the Board Riding (Surfing) State Titles

Transition from Nippers to Youth

The Youth Transition document has been put together to assist you with this transition process from a nipper member to a Youth/Senior member of the club. Designed for U14/15 members, but information within the document is relevant to all Youth Members.

Surf Sports Training

Weekly Senior Training program posted on the club private facebook page and emailed to all members weekly. All Youth members are invited to attend these sessions.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to, as our coaches will teach you.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to compete, it is an awesome way to keep fit.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have craft, the club has some you can borrow.  Can’t make every session? That is ok to!  From beginners, to casual to high performance, all are welcome 😊

Training Expression of Interest

Aldinga Bay SLSC holds numerous types of training inhouse, but there are also opportunities that arise at other clubs and within the State.  These opportunities can be best managed if we understand what types of training our youth membership would like to undertake.  Completion of this form does not mean that the specific training will be offered at our club, some training must be undertaken by State or other RTOs. So please have a look through the Training Registration of interest and complete it for what you are interested in.  The training team can then get an idea of what is required.

Want to know more about the club? Aldinga Bay SLSC Induction program

If you would like to know more about the Aldinga Bay SLSC, please undertake the Aldinga Bay SLSC – Yearly Induction for active members Season 23-24.  Induction is the process of both welcoming new members and ensuring current members are aware of any changes that may have occurred both within Surf Life Saving Australia; Surf Life Saving South Australia; and Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club over the last 12 months.  In relation to our club, patrolling and child safe requirements.

Patrolling with Aldinga Bay SLSC

The 23-24 patrol season started on Saturday 7th October 2023. The patrol calendar is posted on the private ABSLSC Patrol facebook page. If you are a patrolling youth member that does NOT have access to this page, please let me know so I can coordinate another way for you to receive your patrolling updates.

Youth – want to get more involved at ABSLSC?

Please see the Surf Life Saving SA website Youth page for the Youth initiatives for this season.

SLSSA are also looking for assistance for chaperones etc for some of the camps/activities.  If any adults would like to assist with this, there is also info on this page too.


Not only are there personal and volunteer pathways, but there are career pathways.  This will continually be updated, but VACSWIM swim instructors / assistant instructors can be employed by SLSSA once you are 15 years of age (13 to 15 years you are able to apply for a volunteer role).  There has been a massive change in this area, as SLSSA now runs VacSwim nationally (at pools also).  For anyone applying for an instructor position, they are accepting 1 year term of current Age Group Manager as a relevant qualification to teach vacswim at the beach (not pool).

If you have any questions or queries in the first instance, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  There is also a contact on this web page for the SLSSA Youth Coordinator, Henry, however, I encourage you to contact me in the first instance and I can follow up with State if needed, or you can use the generic SLSSA development email which will be responded to by the Development officer Henry Street.

I encourage you all to have a look through the handbook below as this has some fantastic opportunities. The state hand book is outdated (will be updated shortly) however the opportunities within this hand book still exist.

Don’t forget that we also have the following available for youth:

  • Thursday night Lap Swimming Noarlunga Pool 6-7pm (public school terms only)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 5.45-7am sessions Lap Swimming Seaford Pool
  • Surf Award Training (eg. SRC; Bronze; IRB Crew etc)
  • Discipline specific training (do you want to compete? water events, beach events, IRBs, Boats, Pool Comp) – let me know and I can point you in the right direction!
  • U14/15 Youth invited to hit the beach alongside the Nippers on Saturdays during the summer (1.30 – 4.30/5ish for Youth).  This can be part of the pathways for that age group, or they can get in some extra training with the U13s.  Age Group Assistant, water cover, assisting activities etc.  If you are interested, let me know 🙂
  • Weekly Senior Training program posted on the club private facebook page and emailed to all members weekly.

I am happy to meet with the Youth and Parent/Guardians individually to put together a bit of a pathway plan for any youth within the club based on what they are interested in doing 🙂 If you wish to organise a time for this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

In relation to the youth (U14 – U18) program for the club in the 2023-24 season, any feedback is welcome in relation to what the youth of the club would be interested in doing. 

On top of the skills side, will also be organising some social activities for the youth of the club.  SLSSA are also going to be running some state wide training and social initiatives for U14/15s this season.

Any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Look forward to seeing you all on the beach!!!

Lilian Fowles, Youth Development Coordinator / 0414 342 933

Page last updated 1st November 2023