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SMS Program

Swell Mamas Supported Film Premier

Cr Jordan Crugnale with co-ordinators Lucy cousens (Swell mamas), Letitia Condron (Bass Coast community health service); Geraldine Archibald (Swell Mamas) on the red carpet.

Emma and others entering the water

Emma Charlott after a surf


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Under 25’s Start up surfing program

Young Mums Swell Mamas


Under 25’s Start up surfing program
Commencing Monday 12th October –Monday 23 November (weekly) with continued mentoring support in 2016. For more information please contact Lucy Cousens on 0438117131 or info@swellmamas.org

With one of the best learn to surf beaches on our doorstep and the support of Swell Mamas Inc. there has never been a better time to try surfing.

Swell Mamas is a local not for profit organisation and affiliated club of Surfing Victoria and Surfing Australia. The group provides an opportunity for women to feel encouraged and supported to have a go at surfing in a supportive and family friendly environment.  Based at Inverloch main surf beach the mamas share the care of the children on the beach whilst taking it in turns to try their hand at surfing.

“We are now in our sixth year and the weekly all ages program continues to create these opportunities for women to get out there and try riding the waves.“ says Swell Mamas coordinator Lucy Cousens.

“It’s one of those things that singularly is difficult to achieve when you have small children in tow, but as a collective group you can support one another, form long life friendships and have a whole lot of fun while you’re doing it.”

2014 was a busy year for the “mamas’ taking home the winners trophy at the Victorian Regional Achievement Awards in the Medibank Healthy participation category, in addition to filming and producing the documentary - Swell Mamas – In the moment.  The film was the collaboration of swell mamas members, Local filmmaker Mick Green of Drift Media and Regional Arts Victoria. The film documents the journey of twelve mums and their experiences in the Swell Mamas Supported program that ran in 2014.

Next on the agenda and starting in October is a Start Up Surfing program for Under 25’s young mums and their children, a youth initiative program funded by the Bass Coast Shire Council. Gippsport have also been working behind the scenes to help bring this program to life. “This is an exciting opportunity for young mothers to try surfing –some for the first time. ” says Gippsport’s Program Coordinator Gene Parini.
Participants will be provided with healthy snacks, surfboards, wetsuits and supportive, friendly, experienced and qualified women to support them in the water and on the beach.

Run by mamas for mamas. No prior experience necessary – we are there to have fun.

Surfing with Award

The Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards are about recognising rural and regional individuals and groups in the community.

The Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards encourage, acknowledge and reward valuable contributions and outstanding achievements made by individuals, business and community groups across regional and rural Victoria.

Congratulations to the amazing finalists of the Medibank Healthy Participation Award!

- Portland Community Garden Landcare Group Inc
- The Sunraysia Aboriginal Men's Support Alliance
Swell Mamas

And the winner of the Medibank Healthy Participation Award is...Swell Mamas!!!

Swell Mamas Supported Film Premiere

Libbi Gorr at RACV Inverloch Swell Mamas Film Event

Libbi Gorr with SMS Participants and Volunteers at the Red Carpet Film Premiere Event on June 27th.

It was a FANTASTIC night! Libbi was absolutely perfect - she nailed it!

More info & pics on our facebook site.

ABC Gippsland Coverage of the SMS Program

Rachael Lucas aired this report on Saturday. If you missed it listen to it here in quicktime.

Swell Mamas Supported - Young Mums

Young Mums supported

Lucy cousens (swell mamas), with daughter Nina, Letitia Condron (bass Coast community health service); Geraldine Archibald (swell Mamas), Sunny and Emi (kids in front)

The Young Mums Supported Playgroup ran for a fantastic 5 weeks. The Wednesday surfers are encouraged and welcome to join the Friday group.


Surf School Logo

Term 1 Surf Groms Programs start on the 2nd of February 2014. Visit the link below for details and bookings. Shane H


Play it Safe By the Water

Past participants of the Play It Safe By The Water will have received their emails from Surfing Victoria about the announcement of the 2014 tour. Once again, Surfing Vic is facilitating a surfing clinic along the coast of Victoria for women and girls to learn surf craft and beach safety and for those who haven’t done it before, let us tell you how much fun it is. For a small fee you receive a showbag of goodies including a t-shirt, a pen and various samples. The t-shirt you can get signed by the girls who will lead the show; Indiah Payne, Jess Laing and Bec Woods. Bec has spoken of retirement and this may be her final year on the professional circuit. She recently surfed in Spain with Nikki and all the girls appeared in our favourite surf flick, First Love (which you can get from the local surf shops or the local library!). Go to www.surfingvictoria.com, then to the events page for details of the tour, and then to the Inverloch hyperlink.


Inverloch Womens Soccer







There’s a few of the swell mamas (inc Una, Bridget and Fiona) who play soccer for Wonthaggi as well.  Attached are the details for our registration day on Sunday March 3rd.
Thanks and Regards

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Facebook iconGIRLS - Play it Safe by the Water - Inverloch

Iznaya at the Play it safe by the water day

Adobe pdf iconRead Iznaya's Report here



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Save Bastion Point, Mallacoota (Victoria, Australia) from inappropriate development.

To: Hon. Ryan Smith, Minister for Environment, Victoria

The petition is really important and could use our help. 
Click here to find out more and sign


Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion

Lucy is looking to organize a group of mamas to participate in their bronze medallion, NOT requalifying, but first timers. Please call lucy to let her know if you’d like to participate.  

Exciting News - Our very own Swell Mama elected on council. Well done Jordan

Vote 1 Jordan Crugnale!!

Jordan is passionate about sustainable and sensible development informed by the needs of the community; our families, young people and the eldery, whilst protecting our unique local environment.

Read all about what she stands for by downloading her campaign information flyer and reading the newspaper article from the local paper.

Be inspired to vote for Jordan.

Jordan Flyer

Click on VOTE 1 card above to download a PDF of her latest flyer

Jordan Crugnale Newspaper article

Read about Jordan's campaign by clicking on the newspaper article

Group photo at rainbow park

Playschool presenter, Justine Clarke, accompanied Bass Coast Shire Council candidate, Jordan Grugnale, to chat with parents at Rainbow Park, Inverloch.

Sunny, Lucy and Justine Clarke

Justine chatting about local issues with Lucy and Sunny at Rainbow Park, Inverloch.

Coal Seam Gas mining could be coming to our neighborhood!

Are you aware that they are considering granting a license for Coal Seam Gas exploration between Walkervile and Cape Paterson. We only have till Tuesday left to object. Friends of the Earth have sample letter of objection and the details of who to send it.


The Bass Coast Shire Council is anti Coal Seam Gas. Let's help South Gippsland Shire Council call for a Moratorium against Coal Seam Gas Exploration.

Councilor David Lewis, has announced that he and another Cr, are drafting a motion, calling for a moratorium on CSG Exploration until CSG is proven to be safe, and also calling for all chemicals used in fracing to be disclosed. The Bass Coast Shire Council has decided not to support Coal Seam Gas. Let's help.

Download Flyer to share info with others.

Congratulations to Kate on the safe arrival of Dusty James!


2011 Play It Safe By The Water Surfing for Girls & Swell Mamas Inverloch

Swell Mamas posing with boards

Anne, Caz, Nikki and Marilla getting read to surf the waves ©The Star

Around 30 mamas participated in the play it safe by the water event in Inverloch. It was a beautiful sunny day and great fun was had by all. World Tour Surfer, Bec Woods, and stars of the First Love film, India Payne & Jess Laing, came down to the beach to lead the program and take the group surfing.

Waxing the board

Nicole trying out a new board on loan from Surfing Victoria ©The Star

A big thank you to Surfing Victoria for organising the program.

VIDEO + read about it on the Surfing Victoria website or watch the mamas surfing on the day.

Swell Bubba

Nina and family

It's a girl .

There’s another swell bubba in the house! Congratulations to Lucy and Jay and family on the birth of Nina, a beautiful healthy baby girl.

Hopefully it won't be long before Lucy and Sunny are back on the beach introducing Nina to the delights of Invy mains.


It's a girl .

Cluck cluck cluck Swell Mamas. There’s a new baby in the house! A huge welcome to Isla Rowena,
and congratulations to Una and Grant and family.

We look forward to seeing our newest Swell Bubba on the sand, and Una’s return to the water.

All you fabulously supportive bunch of gals who missed out on the gorgeous Broome black pearl ring at the Beer for A Mate Auction, more of the same and other desirable items can be found at Swell Mama Mel Wright’s online shopping site, damoreonline.com

First Love DVD Cover

Inspirational doco about three local girls (from Phillip Island) on a quest to make it to the top of pro surfing. About love, friendship and following your dreams.

Well worth getting a copy!   

Watch the trailer

Available for purchase locally at:
Vortex Surf and Skate
54 McBride Avenue / WONTHAGGI
Ph: (03) 56 724 112


Call for Wetsuits Donations!
With the winter weather approaching we are in need of some more warm wetsuits to add to our pool.  The water is cooler here but with 4/3s and booties you can’t tell the difference!   Did anyone get a new fancy wetsuit for Christmas and want to donate their old one?  Do you know anyone who never uses theirs and want to give it to a good cause?  See Geraldine or Lucy if you can help in any way.  Thanks.

Surf Report Websites

If you want to check the surf on the day, go to:

willyweather (Inverloch Surf Beach)
swellnet (Phillip Isand)
coastalwatch (East Coast, VIC)

Clean Ocean Foundation LogoClean Ocean Foundation

Bass Coast Fun Day Still from WinNews

On Saturday October 23rd 2010 at Inverloch the new Bass Coast chapter of the Clean Ocean Foundation was launched. It was a successful event with many who participated in the family fun day signing up as members.

Activities included:
Sandcastle competition, beach activities, music, learn to surf, kids' art
competition (supervised by renowned local artist Fiona Kennedy), strike
team beach clean up, water analysis, scientific testing, marine experts,
scuba diving clean up, nature  displays, sausage sizzle and more.