News & Events

31 Jan 2017

Development Camp Wraps: RISE UP & TOAD


Surf Life Saving WA’s Rise-Up Camp provides participants between the ages of 15-17 with an opportunity to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

Thirty-four participants from 17 clubs headed to Pemberton on Monday 9th January for the four-day Rise-Up Camp, accompanied by four great volunteer leaders - Blair Walkington, Tayla Tenaglia, Cole Van-Overdijk and Maddie Shaw. 

The camp was jam-packed with activities, aimed at taking the participants out of their comfort zone and encouraging teamwork and leadership development.

  • Day 1: On arrival, the group became familiar with Pemberton as they undertook a rogaining challenge within their Rise-Up Team. 
  • Day 2: a visit to Big Brook for canoeing and raft making.
  • Day 3: participants completed the Pemberton Challenge and tested their mountain biking skills
  • Day 4: participants took on a low ropes course and treasure hunt to end the camp

Iris Gray from Floreat SLSC attended Rise-Up and said she enjoyed the camp and made friends for life.

“It was a great camp - I got to meet people from different clubs and I made friends for life,” she said.

“Pemberton provided a different type of environment than we are used to we had to work and interact with others in the activities which helped us bond while having a lot of fun.”

Surf Life Saving WA are extremely appreciative of the financial support provided by the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA (Inc) that goes towards the running costs of this camp.


TOAD Camp 2017


TOAD stands for Teamwork, Opportunity and Development. SLSWA’s TOAD Camp is designed for 13 - 14 year old club members.

This year we had 69 Toadies take on Rottnest Island for their camp, representing 23 of our surf lifesaving Clubs from Broome SLSC in the north down to Esperance-Goldfields SLSC in the south, from Monday 16 through to Thursday 19 January 2017.

  • Day 1: On arrival at Rottnest Island the Toadies were involved in a variety of get-to-know-you games and activities.
  • Day 2: The group pedalled around Rottnest Island visiting some of the Island’s best snorkelling locations.
  • Day 3: Our Toadies showed their great teamwork skills by competing in the Great Rotto Race. Communication skills were also in use as Toadies got to use the new SLSWA radios.
  • Day 4: The camp was concluded by a visit from Lifesaver 68, SLSWA’s metropolitan rescue helicopter.

Camp participant Xander Lindberg from Geraldton SLSC said interesting to find out what happens at other clubs and meet new people.    

“The camp was fun, there were many new experiences and I learnt new things like using the radios to communicate with one another,” he said.      

Members of the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA (Inc) were on hand to see what their invaluable financial support goes towards.

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