Like you, we are looking forward to the current COVID-19 restrictions easing and kicking off surf sports for the 2021/22 season.  At this point in time, restrictions relating to community sport are still unclear, but please be assured that Surf Life Saving NSW is monitoring information and advice from the NSW Government and will notify everyone as soon as it is clear.

At this stage, we cannot confirm when the competitive events will recommence, or what they will look like when they do.  We will continue to keep you up to date with changes to Branch, State and National events as discussions are made and circulars are released.

We realise that the past season was disappointing for many of you who invested immense time into your performance and were unable to compete.  With further uncertainty about the season ahead, remember that it is important to take care of yourself and others.

Remember that exercise is a reasonable excuse to leave the house and while you may have restrictions on how long you can exercise for or what equipment you have access or how many you can exercise with, we are fortunate that for most of us our sport does provide opportunity to keep training to some capacity in an environment familiar to us – there is an element of normality we are fortunate to enjoy.

If you haven’t already, it is encouraged that everyone visit the Australian Institute of Sport website for information relating to mental health and wellbeing.

Will there be changes to competition eligibility requirements?

Yes.  The SLSNSW Board has moved to continue with the amendment to the minimum service hours required for competition that were outlined for the 2020/21 season.  It should be noted that the amendment is only for the 2021/22 COVID affected season and the competition hour requirements will revert to the previous requirements in 2022/23.

The minimum required patrol hours for Active and Under 15 members looking to compete during the 2021/22 season will be 15 hours (including a maximum of 8 patrol hours).