Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer

Intro & Welcome
Our lifesavers patrol Australia’s busiest beach and every summer. We perform more preventatives and rescues than any other club in Australia. Our club alone performs approximately 10% of the NSW total. A fortnight ago our lifesavers on Meagher patrol performed multiple rounds of CPR and used the defib for two rounds on a member of the public. The patient was conscious on the way to the hospital due to the extraordinary efforts of the patrol members. It is often said that on a major rescue such as this, it isn’t just one person that stands out. The patrol worked as a team to ensure a life was saved.
Please ensure if you are on patrol that you keep your skills up to date and fresh. Speak to your patrol captain if you need to refresh your skills or join a higher awards course such as Advanced Resuscitation or First Aid.
Our club competitors are currently in Perth at the national titles. Our masters competitors have once again won the national point score with a tremendous team effort. Our open competitors are currently competing, with already two individual gold medals. Good luck for the rest of the competition!
The end of April is the end of our club’s financial year. You will be receiving your renewal form for the club in the next 3-4 weeks. This year, we have increased fees slightly, but also implemented Early Bird pricing. If you renew early, you won’t see an increase in your membership fee.
Presentation Night is on 12 May at Easts Leagues. More than half of the tables have already sold. The night will have a sit down dinner and live music to ensure you enjoy the night after the major awards.

Lastly, this Sunday we will be having our Anzac Day ceremony in the Hall. Please come down; we will be starting at 10:30am. (The weekly surf race will be held directly after.)
See you on the beach!
Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates
Australian Championships, Scarborough, Perth – 14-22 April
Club Anzac Ceremony, Main Hall – 22 April
Gold Medallion Course at Cronulla SLSC – 28 April
Surf Races – Sundays at 10:30 am
ANZAC Day – Wednesday, 25 April
Season Ends – Sunday, 29 April
Community Talk – Careflight – 9 May, 7:00pm
Last ARTC of the Season – 6-10 May
Last Spinal Management course – 12 May
Presentation Night – 12 May
Last Silver Medallion Course – 12-28 May
Pilates – schedule in the Mind Body App
Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Summer Training Schedule

FOUND: Ladies’ watch
A ladies’ watch was found on the Clubhouse veranda wall on Monday/Tuesday 9/10 April.
Please contact to organise collection.

Presentation Night
Our Club’s Presentation Night will be held on Saturday, 12 May. We will be trying something different this year and holding it in the ballroom at Easts Leagues. Organise your tables, dress up and get ready to have a great night! Ticket cost covers 3 courses, and there will be a band. We expect the presentation part will be finished by 9.00pm, ensuring you have a few hours to let go and celebrate the end of the season.

Book tickets here


Upcoming Patrols – Season Ends Soon
Saturday, 21 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Baldock/Ormsby
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Fletcher
Sunday, 22 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Jeppesen
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Hutchings
Wednesday, 25 April ANZAC DAY
8:30am – 1:15pm – Craven
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Nightingale
Saturday, 28 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Fullwood
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Douglas
Sunday, 29 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Baldock/Ormsby
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Bassingthwaite
Below are links to the patrol rosters and a swap document where you can swap patrols with other members if you are unable to make a particular patrol.
Patrol Roster 2017/18
Patrol Swap roster

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

Great deal at LUSH
Your local LUSH will give 10% discount to Members. Just show your Member Badge.

10% off your meal at Surfish
Take 10% off the bill by showing your badge at Surfish Cafe.

Local business owner? Join our Member Benefits programme.

Merch: Stay warm as the temps cool
These warm hoodies are just $45 in our online shop. Check them out now.

Siobhan O’Toole – Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise


Silver Medallion Beach Management
Dates: 21, 23, 28 May 6.30pm-9.30pm at Little Bay
Looking to step up next season on patrols and manage the beach? Aiming to complete your Gold Medallion? Get this course done in the off season.
Final course opportunities
Places are still available for the ART course being held on 6, 8, and 10 May at the Club.
We will be holding a Spinal Course on 12 May from 12:00-4:00pm.
We would like to know if anyone would be interested in a First Aid course held over the winter, in July or August.
If interested in any of these courses, please email the Office.

Surf Sports
Aussies 2018
Team Bondi is doing us proud in Perth. A full report will follow in the next Surfer.
But in the meantime, you can keep up with the medal haul on our Facebook page.

Stan Mac Relay

Stan Mac presentation (from left): Bondi Ocean Swim Events Organiser Dori Miller, Club President Jacob Waks, North’s Team Captain Talbot Henry, Ashleigh McDonald, daughter of Stuart McDonald and a fourth generation of the family, and North’s President Mark Cotter hold a photo of Stan McDonald in a boxing tournament in South Australia. Photo: Tim Read.
76th Annual Stan & Basil McDonald Relay
On Sunday 25 March, Bondi and North Bondi Surf Clubs lined up their 20 best swimmers in the head-to-head showdown known as the Stan Mac Relay. After 76 years, the magic of this events still shines.
North Bondi hosted the event this year. The 400 metre course was set out in front of their club. There were a few waves early, but as the race went on, the surf offered little assistance. It started out as a close race that was exciting to watch. Simon Nothing took the lead on the third leg and his brother Alex regained the lead on the sixth leg. But the depth of North Bondi’s team got the better of us in the end.
Congratulations to Adam Nezval for his 34th Stan Mac swim. Thank you to all our supporters and those who helped out on the day.
The 2018 team:
Dean Gladstone, Cormac Guthrie, Simon Nothing, Alex Gohari, Quinn Darragh, Alex Nothing, Xavier Clarke, Dori Miller, Darrin Jones, Grant Baldock, Simon Watkins, Tom Woodriff, Matt Innes, Lochie Hinds, Ryan Jenkin, Gary Emmerton, Shannon Jenkin, Fiona Nay, Adam Nezval, Chris Cooper

Blue Room Surf Races

Sign up here for our full weekly Race Reports
Week 30 – 15 April
Results here.
Fellow Surfers,
Back on the sand and doing the patrol with Donna was great, except for the wind and sand that was all invasive. The surf was small and a little cooler than expect, but nice. The sun was out and all in all a great morning.
Donna’s patrol got the buoys out without a hitch and provided a couple of paddles for extra safety. I still cannot go in the water, so they were not really necessary, but most welcome.
The countdown to the end of the season is two to go. So don’t miss out. Get down for those last races. September we start it all over again, with the first week of patrols.

Don’t missing anything.

A Grade
Charles, off at 1.30, did the hard slog and caught the front runners in the shallows to beat youngsters Susan and Bruce up the beach. For a 300 metre race it was over very quickly, with no back stragglers and a good, well-placed group as they headed for the break.

B Grade
An even closer race (except for the newbie, who should have gone off as back marker in A Grade. He just might next week and even then, going on his initial performance, will be competitive). The Winner was Stu, going off at 2.40, which was back marker material. Vera kept him honest, as did the Hawker Lady, who brought her sister down to cheer & it paid dividends for Siobhan with third.
C Grade
Anthony was back swimming against himself again. Where are the Cadets & where is their mentor?
Tube Race
Not held due to a shortage of tubes.

Community Talks

Did you check the airway?
Proper airway management can mean a difference between the life and death of a patient.
Join us on 9 May at 7:00pm
to hear Jessica Smith
Specialist Anaesthetist at Prince of Wales and Children’s Hospitals
and Patient Retrieval Specialist with Careflight
She will discuss and demonstrate airway management, the options that the Ambulance or Helicopter bring with them.
This is the second in our series of guest speaker events and is free to all.
Click here to register or see more details or email Yon with any questions

Community News

Job Opportunity – Elouera SLSC
Part-time Receptionist/Administration Assistant (up to 18 hours per week)
Elouera Surf Life Saving Club is seeking an experienced Receptionist/Administration Assistant competent in computer operations to work at the Surf Club office three days per week. Other days and hours may be negotiable. Additional hours will be required to provide holiday relief and cover busy periods.
The purpose of this role is general reception, to provide administration support for the club’s needs and to service the broader membership. Knowledge of Surf Life Saving or surf club operations would be an advantage but is not essential.
A position description is available on request.
Applications close – Thursday, 26 April 2018.
Applications or enquiries should be made via e-mail to: The Secretary, Elouera SLSC –
Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is administering scholarships on behalf of the Australian Government for emergency management volunteers to undertake accredited emergency management vocational or higher education.
Scholarship applications opened 2 April 2018. Australian citizens or permanent residents who are volunteers in an emergency management agency can apply.
This is your chance to secure up to $12,000 towards your vocational training or up to $25,000 for higher education.
For details on who is eligible to apply and how to prepare your application find out more at the AIDR website.


Office Hours
The Office is being refitted next week and will not be open. Urgent emails will be actioned, but phone lines will be down for most of the week. The Office will reopen on Wednesday 2 May.
After this we will be operating on a winter timetable, with Sunday dates and opening times to be confirmed.

If you have an interesting article concerning a member, past or present, please direct them to and
Photo submissions: ​
Phone: +61 2 9300 9279
Fax: +61 2 9300 9596

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