Competition / Training

More information coming soon on 2018/19 season.

2017/2018 Season Courses

Bronze Medallion Course & SRC Course

For details visit: Training Courses

Competition 2017-2018

The Hunter Surf Life Saving 2017-2018 Surf Sports Calendar provides the most current carnival information, however it is subject to change, so please check on a regular basis. There are some new events this year also, including a mixed beach relay, to allow greater participation of teams.

The main Hunter Branch Junior Carnivals include:

The Newcastle Permanent Series

  • Round 1 – 14th October at Caves Beach (under 11s to Opens)
  • Round 2 – 12th November at Blacksmiths Beach (under 8s to under 17s)
  • Round 3 – 16th December at Catherine Hill Bay (under 8s to under 17s)
  • Round 4 – 13th January at Redhead Beach (under 8s to under 17s)

Hunter Branch Age Championships – Sunday 4th February, at Fingal Bay

In addition, the State Championships are within the Hunter region again this season, providing a perfect opportunity to compete at state level without having to travel very far.

SLSNSW Age Championships – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March, at Blacksmiths Beach

For all Juniors wishing to compete:

  • Complete Competition proficiency (date TBC), as well as pool proficiency 
  • Check carnival calendar (above) and identify carnivals you wish to compete in.
  • If the carnival is in the Hunter Branch, notify Emma of interest to compete, via email: by the Tuesday before the carnival
  • If the carnival is in another branch, e.g. Central Coast, notify Emma the week before the carnival
  • The club will pay for the competitor entry fee, however if the competitor is registered and does not show, the competitor will be required to refund the entry fee to the club.

Additional Notes

Each competitor will receive their own competitor number, at their first carnival, which will remain the same for every carnival they attend this season. This number will need to be visible on the competitor at every carnival, so options may include writing the number on the competitors cap, rashie or arm.

Pink rash singlets from last season are still ok to use for this season

Officials / Water Safety

For every carnival to operate smoothly officials and water safety personnel are required. Depending on how many competitors are from our club, Merewether may be required to supply certain numbers of people to fill some of these roles. If more people can help out, the less time each person is required at each carnival. Please consider these roles if your child is competing regularly:

  • Officials – do NOT need Bronze medallion.  Positions can include: Marshalling, Recording Judge, Timekeeping Judge and Finish Judge. To become an official you will need to complete a short online course and then undertake some practical experience at carnivals (where you will be assigned alongside an experienced official) for sign-off. If your child is competing in a set area e.g. under 10s, then you can request to official for that area.  For more information click here or chat to Emma.
  • Water Safety – do need Bronze Medallion.