Denmark Surf Life Saving Club

Part of the Denmark Community since 1958

60th Anniversary Dinner & Awards Night

Denmark Surf Club Celebrates 60 Years

 29 May 2019

The Denmark Surf Life Saving Club had a lot to celebrate when its members came together recently to commemorate its 60th Anniversary. As the current title holder of the Lavan WA Surf Club of the Year award and also a finalist in this year’s awards, the Club took the opportunity to give out a few awards of its own.

More than 150 people packed the Denmark Civic Centre with numerous heartfelt speeches from special guests.  Sue Sinagra – the first woman to get a Bronze Medallion at the Club in 1981 – spoke of what it was like when females only had limited participation rights.

“We weren’t allowed to use the change rooms so we had to use a harem tent on the beach and when we went to Perth for competitions we were never allowed to stay with the boys,” Ms Sinagra said.

She added that things had changed drastically since those days and the Denmark Surf Club had a way of “getting into your blood”.

“My husband and our four boys have been avid members for decades. My babies used to be in their basinets in the first aid room while I was on patrol and they were often not the only babies there,” Ms Sinagra added.

Club President Jane Kelsbie highlighted the continuing growth of the Club’s numbers which saw a 20% increase in members this year alone.  With over 360 members – 150 of those being Nippers-  the Club is going from strength to strength.

This was reflected in the presentation of the President’s Award that went to the Club’s Communications Officer Serena Kirby.

“Serena has played a vital role in increasing member numbers and has worked hard to make sure every one of us is reflected in all the photos, newsletters and media,” Ms Kelsbie said.

Social Officer and patrol member Joanna Svagelli also received special acknowledgement by winning the Club Person of the Year Award.

“Jo embodies the spirit of the Club and is a dedicated volunteer who worked tirelessly this season and generated considerable funds for the Club through our social events. She also helped feed 3,000 people at the Country Carnival event which was a mammoth effort,” Ms Kelsbie said.

Other worthy award winners included Deb Edmondson who was announced as the Diamond Lady Iron Woman. Anthony McEwan collected the Open Club Champion award while his daughter Olivia McEwan was named the Under 15 Club Champion.

This year’s Senior Life Saver of the Year was Tim Sinclair, and keeping it in the family, the Youth Life Saver of the Year went to Mia Sinclair.

Also launched at the dinner was a special commemorative book – DSLSC Green & Gold: 60 Golden Years – compiled by local historian Bev McGuinness. Filled with colour photos and press clippings documenting the Club’s history, copies of the book are available from George Mumford at Mitre 10 for $30 each.

Summing up, Ms Kelsbie said the evening was a “resounding success” that was topped off by a stunning three course dinner by Silas Masih from Pepper & Salt and guests danced until midnight to local band Dig The Dust.

Photos from the evening can be viewed here.

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The Inaugural Ben Napier Beach Challenge

What a ripper it was – nearly 50 folks participated and there were certainly more laughs than tears as we remembered past Clubbie Ben Napier. The official winner was Charlie Thornton and his name will now go on the amazing trophy made by Warren Thompson. Congrats Charlie and thanks to all those who turned up to support this great event.


2019 SunSmart Country Carnival Photos

Denmark Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) played host to over 900 competitors on the Australia Day Long Weekend when the 2019 SunSmart Country Carnival was held at Ocean Beach.

Every year surf life saving clubs from across the State come together at a country location for a weekend program of boat, board, swim and ski racing as well as beach events. This year it was Denmark’s turn to host the highlight of the WA surf sports season.

The annual country carnival is always a highlight of the surf sports season and brings the West Australian Surf Life Saving community together for a  weekend of racing and camaraderie.

The last time Denmark hosted this Carnival was in 2014 and hosting it again now was perfect timing due to it being the year of the  Club’s 60th Anniversary.

Denmark Argonauts won the Open Male Surf Boat A Final after their first outing in 47 years! 

The Carnival was on ABC News and GWN News

WA Surf Club Of The Year 2018

Our Surf Club is one of the 30 clubs on the WA coast, stretching from Broome in the far north to Esperance on the south coast.

Ocean Beach is recognised as one of the more dangerous patrolled beaches in WA and we have a long and proud history of making sure that our beach patrons are well looked after.

While we are committed to ensuring that Ocean Beach remains a safe beach to swim at, there is more to us than just surf lifesaving.


2018/19 Season Fees

  • Junior and Cadet: $80
  • Active 15+: $125
  • Associate: $125
  • Community: $50
  • Family Cap*: $250

*Two adults and two student dependants U/25
*Or 1 adult and three student dependants U/25
Extra child $25, Eftpos available

Kidsport Funding is available for all Concession Card Holder – Remember to grab your application form from the Rec Centre and bring it along.

Club Background

There are many aspects to the club, including patrolling, education programs for our members, a fantastic family atmosphere, competition and a strong development program for our junior members.

Denmark SLSC was formed in November 1958 after a tragic double drowning at Ocean Beach. In the days after the tragedy a town meeting was called and the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club was formed. A small group of young men from the town received training from visiting lifesavers from the City of Perth club, with the first patrol at Ocean Beach commencing on the 14th December 1958. In 2008, the Denmark Club celebrated their 50th anniversary with a weekend of activities to which a fair number of those who were involved in the formative years managed to attend.

The Club now has now grown to have one of the best located clubrooms on the WA coast, much to the envy of many visiting members from other clubs. Our membership totals nearly 300, with around 130 juniors participating in our nipper program. We have four patrol teams rostered on weekends from the first weekend in December until the last weekend in March.

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