Daily Lifeguard Patrols Commence - 18th Dec 2017

Daily Lifeguard Patrols Commence

Daily lifeguard patrols start this Monday, 18 December with a full lifeguard service on duty Monday to Friday between 11am and 7pm and Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 5pm.

Week day patrols are staffed by regional lifeguards provided by the Dunedin City Council and the Patrol Captain for this group is Mikayla Garforth. She is supported by other lifeguards from the SLSNZ Professional Lifeguard Group.

Weekend patrols are volunteer members rostered on a monthly basis. Some of our weekend patrol hours will be modified on Christmas and New Years day; up to day information will be available via the St Clair SLSC Facebook page.

Update on Beach Conditions - 16th Nov 2017

Update on Beach Conditions

The voluntary lifeguard patrol season at St Clair Beach is now underway and with a settled prediction for this summer expectations are that beach use will be high.

Lifeguard patrols are currently running 12 to 5pm on Saturday's and Sunday's with a supervised and safe swimming location expected at St Clair Beach unless the lifeguards have deemed the conditions unsafe for the public. You can tell if conditions are deemed unsafe if the club is flying a Red Flag.

As with all patrolled beaches through the country St Clair has it's own unique elements that can create dangers for beach users and also the setting of a safe patrol area.

To assist the public with having an understanding of beach conditions when there are no lifeguards on duty, St Clair will be displaying the club Beach Conditions sign directly outside the club on the Esplanade, with details about lifeguard patrol hours and any particular dangers at that time.

You can also check the weather, surf prediction, tidal predictions and water quality tests via our St Clair Local Weather Conditions page.

If you are unsure about how to stay safe at the beach this summer, you can visit Find a Beach for tips on surf safety.

For anyone interested in research in this area. Identification of rips and their behaviour is an on-going project and intaitives such as the release of dye in to the water to track movements or the more high tech such as the partnership between Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Emsisoft are helping lifeguards to greater understand and predict water movements in our environment.

Resumption of Tomahawk Patrols - 14th Nov 2017

Resumption of Tomahawk Patrols

St Clair SLSC working in conjunction with our neighbours St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club will extend lifeguard services this summer to the popular Tomahawk Beach.

In what will be a joint initiative between the two clubs, full lifeguard services will be available over five weekends in early-2018. The initiative will be supported through resourcing being provided by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

The development of the initiative has been led by Chair of the Local Lifeguard Committee, St Clair's own Cameron Burrow, working in conjunction with the President of St Kilda, Peter Gibbons and the Chair of St Clair, James Coombes.

The weekends where services will be available are:

  • 6-7 January
  • 13-14 January
  • 20-21 January
  • 27-28 January
  • 3-4 February

Vacancy on Executive Committee - 14th Nov 2017

A vacancy has arisen on the Club Executive Committee for the position of Club Secretary.

The Secretary works closely with the Chairperson and Treasurer to ensure the smooth running of the club.

General responsibilities for the Secretary are:

  • Club correspondence, including emails
  • Keeping full and correct minutes of all the Executive Committee and all general meetings
  • Keeping a register of all resolutions made by the Executive Committee
  • Advising the membership all matters of general interest arising out of the minutes within 7 days of each meeting
  • Keeping a register of members. Including an up to date list of; joining date, qualifications, membership classification and other pertinent facts

Anyone intersted in this role please contact Club Chair, James Coombes for further details.

Start of Lifeguard Patrol Season - 27th Oct 2017

Saturday, 28 October marks the start of the lifeguard weekend patrol season at St Clair Beach for the summer.

From 28 October lifeguards will be on patrol at St Clair Beach between 12 and 5pm each Saturday and Sunday.

The primary area of patrol for this season is expected to be to the north of the ramp access way at the end of the Esplanade. During patrol hours the safe swimming area will be marked by the Red and Yellow Patrol Flags.

Keen to join in the fun as a member of St Clair, more details are on our Membership Information page.

Daily patrols for the summer holidays at St Clair will commence from 18 December and run through to the end of January 2018.

Check out findabeach.co.nz for more info on how to stay safe at the beach this summer.

Existing members view the patrol roster.

Senior Coaching Appointments - 24th Aug 2017

St Clair is delighted to be able to announce our senior club coaching team for the 2017/2018 season.

Michael Trembath and Michael Hastie will form the nucleus of the group, with MichaelT being responsible for the delivery of the sessions and MichaelH taking the role of session planning and season periodisation, as well as the delivery of certain sessions during the season.

They will be supported by specialist beach coaching again being delivered by Michael Coutts.

Training for the coming season will commence on Sunday 3 September with a specific time and location to be released next week.

St Clair Prize Giving - 17th May 2017

St Clair Prize Giving

On the back of our most succesful seasons in our proud history, multiple national medal winner Olivia Gold walked away with the presigtious Cameron Cup for Best All round Surfer, her efforts accross a number of events saw her take the trophy ahead of several other worthy candidates. 

The Jubilee Cup for Most Industrious was awarded to Brent Wolf for his work in redeveloping and adminstering our Surf Sports programme; with the Centenary Cup for Outstanding Achievement going to the winners of the Under 14 Brick Relay event at National Pool Champs, Olivia Andrew, Erika Fairweather, Charlotte Underwood-Nicol and Madison WIlls.

Some of the other highlights for the night were:

  • Chris Haig winning the Owen Dolan Cup for top patroller
  • Matthew Bradley taking home the Opie Masion Cup for being an outstanding young leader in the club.
  • Briar Taylor and Maysha Ahrens retaining the the Carla and Stephaine Laughton Cup for Top Women's Powercraft Crew and winning the Darryl Fairbairn Cup for Top Powercraft Crew.

View the full list of trophies awarded.

St Clair Earns Second Place at IRB Nationals - 16th Apr 2017

St Clair Earns Second Place at IRB Nationals

Following on from great success last season, the St Clair IRB team has finished the annual National Championships in second place overall. The team was only beaten by the strong Port Waikato Club, Sunset Beach and was the clear winner of the Top South Island Club.

Overall St Clair won eight medals, including three Gold Medals, all of which were achieved in the Mass Rescue event.

Arthur Ibbotson and Heath Ratten also won the Opunake Cup for Top Senior Crew.

Medals won were:


  • Womens Mass Rescue; Briar Taylor, Maysha Ahrens, Brenna Ahrens, Alesha Ahrens and Anaia Wiparata
  • Senior Mass Rescue; Arthur Ibbotson, Heath Ratten, Breena Ahrens, Alesha Ahrens and Anaia Wiparata
  • Under 21 Mass Rescue; Silas Kemp, Nelson Mears, James Coombes, Brenna Ahrens and Celia Bell


  • Senior Assembly Rescue; Niam Chronican, Scott Fraser and Celia Bell


  • Womens Tube Rescue; Mikayla Garforth, Heather Thompson and James Coombes
  • Womens Single Rescue; Briar Taylor, Maysha Ahrens and Brenna Ahrens
  • Womens Mass Rescue; Mikayla Garforth, Heather Thompson, James Coombes Lucy Duncan and Celia Bell
  • Under 21 Assembly Rescue; Silas Kemp, Nelson Mears and James Coombes

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