Silver Salties is a physical activity and social connections initiative for older Australians designed by Surf Life Saving Australia in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Clubs and funded by Sport Australia’s Move It Aus – Better Ageing Grants Program. Silver Salties is designed for older Australians, however people of all ages can participate.
Surf Life Saving Clubs can choose to deliver one or more of the 20 Silver Salties programs on offer which include accessible, friendly, safe and fun activities at the park, clubhouse, beach, pool and in the surf catering for older Australians’ diversity in age, weight, mobility, fitness or experience. SLSCs can choose Silver Salties programs to deliver that suit club capacity, setting and context, as well as participant interest.
Silver Salties gives Surf Life Saving Clubs an opportunity to engage older Australians in the community, broaden their service and ‘sport’ offerings to older Australians, capitalise on older Australians’ life experiences, educate older Australians about water safety to reduce the risk of drownings, attract new “Community” members to the club community, and receive subsidies to run approved Silver Salties programs and/or to develop innovative approaches/programs. Read about the positive impacts of Silver Salties at Seacliff SLSC.
Silver Salties Ambassador, Laura Thurtell, believes Silver Salties is one of the strongest, feel-good, anti-depressant vibes around because it combines being near the ocean with fun, adventurous, like-minded people. Read more about our Silver Salties Ambassador.
Silver Salties includes 20 appropriate and rewarding programs which are beneficial, safe, friendly and accessible activities at the park, clubhouse, beach, pool and surf.
Surf Life Saving Clubs can choose to deliver one or more of the 20 Silver Salties programs on offer that suit club capacity, setting and context, as well as participant interest.
Take a look at videos of each program area and read specific program summaries below.
SLSA acknowledges Forster SLSC, NSW, its members, and the Forster community participants who participated in the filming of the Silver Salties promotional videos in early 2020.
The Australian Federal Government has implemented community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. Read them here.
Program finder coming soon.
Silver Salties has been designed for older Australians but welcomes participants of all ages.
To register your interest to participate in a Silver Salties program complete the form in the link below.
We will notify your local Surf Life Saving Club about your enquiry and work with them to explore opportunities to launch programs to match your interest.
Register your interest now.
All affiliated Surf Life Saving Clubs across Australia are welcome to pilot Silver Salties. Click on register to enter your club details. You can access various support tools including a seed grant and education, marketing and administration templates from the Club Toolkit. If you’re still unsure, try answering the 10 Question Planning Guide to see if you’re club is ready to pilot Silver Salties.