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Note: training courses may be cancelled last-minute due to extenuating factors. Register to ensure you are kept up-to-date of any changes


Essential orientation for all SU WA Volunteers and all staff and volunteers are required to attend every three years.

Usually run at the SU WA Office (unless otherwise specified) – 7 Irvine Street, Bayswater.

Regional volunteers can join Zoom enabled sessions or exclusive regional Zoom session as listed below. Please register 4 business days before the session to allow us to mail you the Orientation pack.

Upcoming Sessions:


  • Sat 26th, 9am-12pm


  • Wed 4th, 6:30pm-9:30pm


  • Thu 2nd, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Sat 18th, 12:30pm-3:30pm   
  • Tue 21st, 7:30pm-9pm - Zoom orientation session (regional volunteers only)
  • Wed 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm


  • Tue 9th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Sat 20th, 9am-12pm


  • Wed 1st, 6pm-9pm - Camp Geographe, Busselton
  • Sat 4th, 9am-12pm - Mount Pleasant Uniting Church
  • Mon 6th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Tue 7th, 6:30pm-9:30pm - Eastern Districts Alliance Church 

Cost: $5 donation


Volunteer Training Day

We are hosting an SU-wide volunteer training day. 

The day will include the following electives:

  • Trauma training (TABOR College)
  • How to lead a small group
  • How to go from friendly conversations to gospel conversations
  • KidsMin skills - tips for working with Primary aged kids
  • Youth Work - A Way of Being (TABOR College)
  • How to facilitate a great activity
  • Behaviour Management strategies that work
  • SU’s Ministries for at-risk young people (Info session)

Each elective runs for 1.5 hours and you will be able to choose 3 electives to be involved in.

Who: Any Active SU Volunteers and Church partners
NEW DATE: Saturday, 11th September 2021
Time: 9am-4pm
: $20 (lunch included)
Location: TBA (Northern suburbs)
Note: This event has been rescheduled from 31/7/21 to 11/9/21
Closing date for registrations: 9th September

Junior LEAD

Junior LEAD Camps are part of our Christian leadership development here at SU WA, and are open to students in Year 10-12 (or equivalent age) wanting to grow, be challenged and inspired in ministry – either in an SU or local church context.

Who: Senior High Schoolers (Years 10-12)
Date: July 23 - 25
Cost: $120
Location: Southern Hills Christian College
Transport: Parents to organise transport to and from location
Team Leaders: John Francis
Closing date for registrations: July 16

More information here.


LEAD Camps

LEAD Camps are part of our Christian leadership development here at SU WA, and are open to all 17-35 year-olds wanting to grow, be challenged and inspired in ministry – either in an SU or local church context.

Who: Young Adults (over 18 years of age or Yr 12 school leavers)
Date: Feb 2022
Cost: TBA
Location: Camp Geographe, Busselton
Transport: TBA
Team Leaders: TBA
Camp Speaker: TBA
Closing date for registrations: TBA

More information here.


Bronze Medallion

We provide Bronze Medallion, Bronze Requal and SU Surf Upgrade training throughout the year.

Note: the Surf Upgrade is only recognised by SU WA and is a necessary qualification when running open water activities on Scripture Union programs. Only SU Volunteers with a current Bronze Medallion can complete the Surf Upgrade.

Please note that Bronze Full Course and Requal training will be delivered on separate days unless we have additional trainers. Be sure to select the correct date for the required training.

Bronze Medallion Full Course & Training will be held at Bayswater Waves from 9am - 5pm.
Bronze Medallion Surf Upgrade is held at Trigg South Beach from 8:30am - 11:30am, followed by Requalification Training at Bayswater Waves from 12:30pm - 5:30pm. 
SUWA have limited trainers and sessions will be closed once capacity (10 people per session) has been reached. If you cannot attend the sessions delivered by SU WA we advise you to visit Royal Life Saving WA's website to view their upcoming training for Bronze Medallion:
If you have questions regarding Bronze or Surf Upgrade training please contact our office on 9371 9100.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Sat 4th - Bronze Medallion Full 
  • Sat 11th - Bronze Medallion Requalification and Surf Upgrade
  • Sat 18th - Geraldton Bronze Medallion Full and Surf Upgrade (theory) 
    • 7am-9am Bronze Medallion theory component (venue TBA)
    • 9am-3pm Geraldton Aquarena
    • 4-6pm Surf Upgrade theory component (venue TBA)
  • Sun 19th - Geraldton Surf Upgrade (practical): 12-1pm, beach location TBA


  • Sat 16th - Bronze Medallion Requalification and Surf Upgrade
  • Sat 23rd - Bronze Medallion Full
  • Sat 30th - Bronze Medallion Full
  • Sat 16th - Bronze Medallion Requalification and Surf Upgrade


  • Sat 13th - Bronze Medallion Requalification and Surf Upgrade
  • Sat 13th - Bronze Medallion Full


  • Sat 11th - Bronze Medallion Full
  • Sat 18th - Bronze Medallion Requalification and Surf Upgrade

Working with young people who have experienced trauma

Date: Saturday 12th June 2021
Time: 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Location: SU office - 7 Irvine Street, Bayswater
Working with young people who have experienced trauma
During this 1 1/2 hr session we will cover:
- What children need
- Understanding trauma
- The Stress Model of crisis which explains the important role we play in helping young people work through the crisis in a way that is a constructive, learning experience
- Behaviour Support Techniques
For more info please contact Heather Pitman - heather.pitman@su.org.au

How to Lead a Small Group Training

SU WA’s relational approach leads us to use small groups in many different ministry contexts. We encourage others to use this powerful transformational tool and offer training and a handbook that gives people the information and skills needed to lead small groups effectively.

If this is something that would add value to you or your connect group, please reach out to us.

Training Dates:

Saturday 18th September, 10am-11:30am

Heather Pitman
Email here


Hope Group Training

Training by Sally Howe, SU Discipleship Catalyst. 
Are you wondering where to start in sharing Jesus in a relevant, hope-filled way with
others? Hope Groups are a simple, powerful small group format to share life together and
the hope of Jesus with our friends. In this 1.5 hour session, you will learn the why and how of
running your own group.
- Gain confidence in reading the Bible with others
- You’ll learn a process of how to pray and invite people
- Pick up effective discipleship tools to use with existing groups

Any queries contact Sally: sally.howe@su.org.au

When: 7:30 - 9pm (see below for dates)
Tuesday, 26th July

Where: On Zoom (Online). Registration required in order to receive the Zoom Meeting link. All welcome!
Cost: Free

Everyday Discipleship for Ordinary People

Training session by James Duff, City to City and Sally Howe, SU Discipleship Catalyst.

Learn what SU and City to City are offering to support churches who have a vision to make disciples who make disciples.

  • A practical framework for missional ministry
  • A simple method for connecting with people around the Bible
  • Gospel-sharing tools anyone can pick up

This training will help equip you and give you the confidence to disciple others in the ways of Jesus.



First Aid

Royal Life Saving WA provides Provide First Aid training for $109 per person- we outsource this as it's more cost effective. You can find out more info and sign up here- this is the qualification we require of First Aiders on SU programs.

You can also register for a CPR requal here or a full Provide CPR course here if you would like (remembering that this isn't a required SU qualification).


Journey Program

What youth ministry leaders need most isn’t simply more easy answers to problems, more conferences and more impersonal training, but a relationship through which the youth ministry leader can be held accountable, be encouraged, and be helped to put their learnings into practice. The SU Journey program seeks to provide that relationship.

Who:  Those who are responsible for a Youth Ministry (although we may accept some Youth Leaders)
When:  Feb – Dec 2019, at the convenience of the mentor and the Youth Ministry Leader

More information here.


Water Activities Training Day

Learn or refresh all the skills needed to safely run water-based activities on SU programs. SUPing, snorkelling, kayaking and rafting.

We will be covering what is required to run a water-based activity as well as having some time to get out on/in the water.

Activities will include: SUPing, Snorkelling, Kayaking and Rafting

When: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Saturday 6th November 2021 

Where: Point Peron (exact details TBC)

Cost: $20

 Preference will be given to volunteers serving on Leavers Ningaloo, Young Adults Ningaloo, Beach Camp and Junior Beach Camp.

Registrations close 12 pm 4th November


MAD (Make A Difference) Workshop

We believe there is a need for Christian students to explore more deeply why followers of Jesus love and serve others. We want to build their understanding of what effective aid and development work looks like and increase their engagement in local and global mission.

Contact sally@suwa.org.au to find out more