Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 26 September 2018

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The Bondi Surfer No. 74

Season Starter Edition

26 September 2018

Photo: Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill: Patrols are back on! See you on the beach.

Intro & Welcome

We are back on the beach this weekend with patrols starting on Saturday and through to Monday with the long weekend. Rosters and Patrol swaps documents are available for patrol members. It’s great to see every section of the club filled with many members keen to get involved in the 18/19 season.

We will be publishing a handbook for members with information on all sections, it will be updated regularly with lifesaving, competition, education, nippers and general club information.

This Sunday bottles is back! Bring friends and family down at 5pm to enjoy your club. One of our sponsors the Sydney Roosters are in the grand final so the game will be on the big screen.

One of the main fundraising functions for the club is coming up with the Legends Lunch at Doltone House. It’s always a great day with many members booking tables and bringing their business colleagues and friends. Hope to see you there!

See you on the beach and hope the water warms up soon!

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Patrols begin – 29 September
  • Deadline to enter the World Championships – 5 October
  • CLOCKS CHANGE: Set back your watches and clocks 1 hour at 2am – 7 October
  • Coolangatta Gold – 6-7 October
  • Nippers program 2018/19 begins – 14 October
  • Patrol proficiencies – 15 October
  • Summer Training begins – 15 October
  • Vote. Main Hall will be a Polling Station – 20 October
  • 7th Annual Legends Lunch – 26 October
  • 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.



BSBLC is back on the beach: first Patrols

Saturday, 29 September
8:30am – 1:15pm – Fullwood
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Nightingale

Sunday, 30 September
7:30am – 1:15pm – Meagher
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Baldock

Monday, 1 October: LABOUR DAY
8:30am – 1:15pm – Walsh
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Hutchings

Saturday, 6 October
8:30am – 1:15pm – Besomo
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Douglas


Sunday, 7 October
8:30am – 1:15pm – Fletcher
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Jeppesen

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:

2018/19 Season Patrol Roster

Patrol Swap Sheet

Legends Lunch headline guests announced!

NSW’s successful State of Origin rugby league coach Brad Fittler has accepted the guest speaker role for Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club’s annual Legends Lunch.

The lunch will offer an intimate insight and reflection on one of the game’s great minds. Brad this year coached the Blues to a series win against Queensland. And over his 300-game career, he achieved almost everything as a player.

Ned Wieland, the Waverley College student who in 2017 became the youngest Australian to swim the English Channel at the age of 16 years and 10 days, will be another of our guests. He recently returned from America, where he completed the triple crown of ocean swimming, adding the 20 bridges of New York to his Catalina Island and English Channel swims.

7th Annual BSBLC Legends Lunch
Doltone House
Darling Island Wharf Pyrmontf
Friday, 26 October, Midday

Emcee: Fox Sports’ Tony Squires
Event Sponsor: Royal Oak Hotel, Double Bay

Individual and full table tickets available:
Online: Click here
Via email:
By phone: Andrew Hoggett on 0412 208 614

Money raised on the day will finance the club’s voluntary lifesaving activities. A percentage will be donated to the RUOK ? Foundation.

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

Why do local businesses provide Clubbies with discounts for their services? We asked, and an amazing 60% responded. Overwhelmingly, they “want to give back and support the local community, in particular to a vital service that is an essential part of Australian culture”.

However, a lot of local businesses also said that they had very little uptake if their offers!!?

This is a shame. We are going to be working very hard this season to promote these amazing discounts and support our generous local businesses.

Important note: to access these discounts you must have an up to date Member Badge with the current (2018/19) season date. If you don’t already have one, follow the link and find out how to get your 2018-19 year tag.

And now to highlight 2 generous local businesses that support us…

Lush on Bondi & Surfish

Café, bar, fish and chips, salads, sandwiches on Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach
10% discount to Bondi Surf Club members (when up to date member badge shown)

Maria Manthopoulos of Lush and Surfish says:

“The surf club is an integral part of the community and it’s important for both our businesses to give back.”

Bondi Trattoria

Restaurant at 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

10% discount to Bondi Surf Club members and their families (when up to date member badge shown)

Owner Alasdair France, reconfirmed he wants to:

‘show support to Bondi-centric community activities”.

Check out all the businesses supporting and offering discounts to Bondi Members here.

Local business owner? Join our Member Benefits program.

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

One week to enter Worlds

If you’d like to compete at the 2018 Worlds in Adelaide, send an email – with your events and vest size – to before Friday 5 October.

ICYMI: The 2018-2019 season

There was a great turnout for the Pre-season Surf Sports meeting on Sunday, 23 September. More than 50 people attended, from ages 14 – 72.

In case you couldn’t make it, here’s a few things to mark on your calendar.

Summer training starts Monday, 15 October

No more excuses! Get yourself to the beach and get fit.

Here are the training sessions for the coming months.

6:00 am: Boards with Robert Chapman (Intermediate – Advanced)
6:00 am: Yellow Boards with Rex Hatton (Beginner)

5:50 am: Ski with Greg Byrnes ((Intermediate – Advanced)
5:00 pm: Boards (Cadet – open)

6:00 am: Boards with Robert Chapman (Intermediate – Advanced)
6:00 am: Yellow Boards with Rex Hatton (Beginner)

5:50 am: Ski with Greg Byrnes (Intermediate – Advanced)
5:00 pm: Boards (Cadet – open)

6:00 am: Surf with Gary Emmerton (all levels)

6:00 am: Pilates with Anthony Carrol (Harries) (all levels)
6:00 am: Ski with Robert Chapman (Beginner)
6:50 am: Ski with Greg Byrnes (Intermediate – Advanced)
7:15 am: Transitions–Swim, Board, Ski with Robert Chapman (all levels)

Spaces still available for the Clint Robinson Coaching Clinic

We are delighted to offer the following Clint Robinson Clinics to Bondi Surf Club Members.

Saturday, 27 October, Rose Bay
Ski Session: 8.00-10.00 am
Ski Session: 10.00 am-12.00 pm
Board Session: 2.00-4.00 pm

Sunday, 28 October, Bondi
Ski Session: 8.00-9.00 am
Board Session: 9.30-10.30 am

The cost is $50 for one session and $70 for 2 or more sessions.
Sign up here.

Get involved in R&R this summer

We are looking to grow our R&R section. Anyone who is interested in competing is invited to a pre-season briefing on Saturday, 20 October at 10:00 am in the Club hall.

We would like to establish interest for the various age groups (U/15’s, U/17’s and U/19’s) as a first step. U/17 competitors who have not yet obtained their Bronze Medallion will need to do this before they can compete. (This relates specifically to those graduating from the U/15 ranks).

Please contact Charles Fountain, R&R Coach, with any questions: charlesfountain

Save the date for the Surf Sports Proficiency and Social

We will be holding our proficiency for Bronze and SRC on Sunday, 4 November, followed by a BBQ.



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

Higher Awards

Regular courses to advance your training beyond the Bronze medallion level are starting! To register for a course, us our brand new registration system: simply follow this link to access proficiency requirements and then click “Book in now here”

Monthly Gold time trials

This season, we’ll hold Gold Medallion swim time trials at Icebergs every month. If you want to be Gold qualified (or to remain proficient), your qualifying time is 800m in 14 minutes or less.

Your next courses and trials are:

7 and 20 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 2018/19 Higher Awards courses Now



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Phone: +61 2 9300 9279
Fax: +61 2 9300 9596

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