Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 14 September 2018

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The Bondi Surfer No. 73

14 September 2018

Photo: Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill: Nippers proficiences and registration are underway.

Intro & Welcome

We’re counting down to the start of Season at the end of this month – all of the Club teams are working hard to get ready.

In this edition of The Surfer there are quite a few key dates for pre-season information sessions and proficiencies. Next edition will be out for the start of the 2018-19 Season, with a full program back up and running.

In the meantime, don’t miss your chance to sign up, train up, and gear up for our next summer on the world’s greatest beach.

The Surfer Editor

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Nipper Registration Is Open for 2018/19 – 1 August to 22 September
  • Next Bronze course of the Season – 16 September
  • Pre-season Surf Sports meeting – 23 September
  • Patrols begin – 29 September
  • Deadline to enter the World Championships – 5 October
  • Coolangatta Gold – 6-7 October
  • Nippers program 2018/19 begins – 14 October
  • Patrol proficiencies – 15 October
  • Vote. Main Hall will be a Polling Station – 20 October
  • 7th Annual Legends Lunch – 26 October, 12.15pm
  • Clint Robinson Coaching Clinic – 27-28 October
  • Surf Sports Proficiency and Social – 4 November
  • World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide – 16 November – 2 December

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Get your tickets now!

Tickets for the 7th Annual Bondi Legends Lunch are now available.

The club’s largest fundraising event of the year will be held on Friday, 26 October at Doltone House, Darling Harbour.

Spend the afternoon with emcee Tony Squires, NSW Blue’s Winning Coach, Brad Fittler and Triple Crown swimmer Ned Wieland.

The day is an ideal opportunity for members to catch up with mates or showcase our great club to corporate partners. Tickets just $160 per person.

Click the button below to get your tickets now – or organise a table!

Legends Lunch Tickets

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

Exciting news! To kick off the start of the new season, two new local businesses have joined our Member Benefits program, supporting our volunteers and offering great discounts.

The Side Room

Salads, smoothies and sandwiches at 180-186 Campbell Parade
10% discount to Bondi Surf Club members

We asked Owner Nic Pestalozzi why The Side Room is offering our members a discount:

“Growing up on Sydney’s beaches we have been blessed with a summer life of carefree beach going. Sometimes people can take it for granted, without realising the hours of community service that occur to allow this sense of safety and security at the beach. Particularly Bondi of all places.

For all the good work and time that the Bondi members commit too, the least we can do is look after them when they’re coming off the beach. Thanks to all your great members and their ruly service to our local community.”

Sugar and Spoon Cafe

600 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay

10% discount to Bondi Surf Club members

Check out all the businesses offering Bondi Members’ discounts.

Make sure you pay our generous local businesses a visit, show you member badge and make the most of the discounts on offer.

Local business owner? Join our Member Benefits program.

Al Scott Memorial T-Shirts

Calling all BREMS (Bondi Regular Early Morning Surfers), Club members, family and friends

These Memorial T-shirts celebrate the life of our great mate, Allan Scott, who sadly passed away on 21 June. Al produced the BREMS T-Shirts we loved to wear with pride.

What a great way to honour Al’s memory and support your Club.

To order, contact James Allison james
Men’s and Women’s fittings available. Price $40 each.

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Pre-season Surf Sports meeting

All competitors (U15 – Masters) and parents are encouraged to attend the Pre-season Surf Sports meeting on Sunday, 23 September at 10:00am. The meeting will highlight plans for the 2018-19 Season, including training, carnivals, and World and Aussies preparation. All sections will be represented; swim, craft, boats, beach, lifesaving, R&R, and pool rescue.

Sign up for Bondi’s Coaching Clinic with Clint Robinson

Our coaching clinic with Clint Robinson, OAM on 27 and 28 October is your opportunity to learn from an Olympic champion and a legend of Surf Lifesaving.

Sign up now to reserve your space

Entries open for the World Championships

If you’d like to compete at the 2018 Worlds in Adelaide, email before Friday 5 October.

Masters Interclub Championships
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 November: Pool rescue events
Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 November: Ocean events

Youth Interclub Championships
Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 November: Ocean events
Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December: Pool rescue events

Open Interclub Championships
Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 November: Pool rescue events
Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December: Ocean events

Surf Boats
Thursday 22 November: Masters Boats
Friday 23 – Saturday 24 November: Open Boats



It’s that time of year again.

The first proficiency for Patrol Captains/Vice Captains and Trainers will be on Saturday, 15 October.

This will include a full run through of the Bronze Medallion, ARTC and Spinal courses.

Look out for the other proficiencies posted around the Club, on Facebook, and here in the Surfer.

Bronze Courses

Induction for our first Bronze course was held last Saturday and 11 people passed the swim test at Icebergs. Overall, there are 19 people currently signed up for this course. They started on the beach Saturday morning.

Our second Bronze course induction will be on 16 September at 10:30am. There are limited spaces available. If you know someone who is planning to do this course, they need to register now!

Proficiencies 2018/19

Sign up here for a Course

Check course dates here

Welcome Waverley College

For the first time, this year the official school summer sport at Waverley College for terms 4 and 1 will be “Surf life saving”.

Last week we started the Induction for their 21 member Bronze squad. They will be doing Bronze on Tuesdays and Saturdays this term, then patrolling and doing competition training for Branch/State/Aussies next term.

Higher Awards: Preview

Below are the dates for the next ‘higher’ award courses, which kick off next month. The key change that happened last season was the registration process. To register for a course simply follow this link and click on “Book in here now”

7 October – First Aid (NB: your certificates expire every 3 yrs)
13 October – Gold Medallion Swim Time Trail – Icebergs at 12.30
3-8 November – Advanced Resuscitation Training
17 November – Spinal Management

If you have questions regarding Higher Awards, speak to Damon on 0414 571 448 or email higherwards

Become a Trainer

If you are interested in becoming a Trainer at the Club, contact: education

Book Now


Nippers registration and proficiency swim: Last Chance!

You can now register your aspiring lifesavers for Nippers and their swim proficiency!

Last Nippers registrations – 22 September
Last ‘Absolute Must’ Swim Proficiency – 23 September 9.00am

Use this helpful proficiency criteria as a guide .

All enquiries can be sent to

Click here and follow the instructions to join Nippers!

Important Survey

Surf Life Saving would appreciate your time to complete an important Survey – please follow this link.

It will provide a greater understanding of what SLSA does well and what can be improved for members.

Thank you.



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Fax: +61 2 9300 9596

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