Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 11 October 2018

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The Bondi Surfer No. 75

11 October 2018

Photo: Tim Reid

Intro & Welcome

The 2018/19 Season is underway now with patrols on every weekend. The roster and schedule of patrols require considerable time pre-Season to manage. Special thanks to James Rogers, Belinda Hartmann and the Lifesaving section for their hard work putting it all together.

One of the most important documents released by SLSA in the Off Season is the Safeguarding Children pack. We place utmost importance on member protection within our Club and especially the protection of our younger members. Please see the below link for resources, the handbook and also training.

I encourage all members involved with Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition to take the time to go complete the training.

Safeguarding Children resources

Safeguarding Children handbook

Safeguarding Children training

As a service for our members, we will be having 2 Skin Cancer Specialist Doctors at the Club on 10 November (further dates TBA depending on demand). The service will be bulk billed to ensure members are looked after and will be only available for current financial members at first. If there is demand and free spots, we will then open it up to family members of financial members. We would encourage all members to have regular skin checks, please click Skin Checks to go to the try booking site to book in.

This weekend, we will have a Life members’ meeting prior to bottles. Come down after 5 to meet some of our Life members and hear some great stories.

Lastly, get your patrol, bronze group, friends and work colleagues together for the club’s major fundraiser – Bondi Legends Lunch. Tickets and information are below.

See you on the beach!

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Nippers Merchandise sale – 13 October, 1.00-5.00pm
  • Nippers program 2018/19 begins – 14 October
  • Life members’ meeting – 14 October, 5.00pm
  • 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
  • 2 Skin Care skin checks at the Club – 10 November
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid course – 10-11 November
  • World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide – 16 November – 2 December

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Reminder: Gym Rules

Dear Members,

Lately we have received complaints about the free weights. Heavy weights have been left on the Smith Machine and around the floor, sometimes blocking the door to the gym.

As in any working gym, it is mandatory to tidy up after yourself. If you use weights, please put them back where they belong. Do not leave the machines with weight on them, as it damages the machine.

One extra bit of work at the end of your program will help us maintain the gym in good working condition and allow other members to use the machines and weights. You can look at this as a ‘sneaky workout’.


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday, 13 October
8:30am – 1:15pm – Bassingthwaite
2:45pm – 6:30pm – Craven

Sunday, 14 October
7:30am – 1:15pm – Baldock
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Hutchings

Saturday, 20 October
8:30am – 1:15pm – Nightingale
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Meagher

Sunday, 21 October
7:30am – 1:15pm – Walsh
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Fletcher

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

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

Guest speaker: Brad Fittler, NSW State of Origin rugby league coach
Special guest: Ned Wieland, Triple Crown of Ocean Swimming

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

Highlighting 2 generous local businesses that support our Club!


4/96 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach

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

When asked why TLuxe wants to support Bondi Surf Club, Bec said:

"We are a locally based brand and manufacture in Australia. We enjoy being part of the local community. Surf Clubs are an essential part of Australian culture"

Birkenstock Bondi Beach

182 ‘The Pacific’ Campbell Parade

10% discount on non-sale items to Bondi Surf Club members (when up to date member badge shown)

Gabi told us Birkenstock supports our Club because:

"we want to support the local community"

There are lots of other businesses out there offering our Clubbies some great discounts. Not sure which ones? Look out for the new Bondi sticker these local businesses have in their shop window.

And don’t’ forget to check out the Member benefits poster in the Club to discover new businesses supporting us.

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.

Local business owner? Sign up here to offer a Clubbie discount

Beginning of season SALE *one day only*

Saturday 13th Oct 2018

This Saturday, we are having an Open Day from 1.00 to 5.00 pm to make sure you have all stocked up on swimmers, uniforms, Merchandise, etc.

We will be having discounts on this day only – hoping this helps you get what you need for the Season.

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Surf Races

Week 3 – 14 October

Fellow Surfers’,

Daylight Saving Sunday brought heavy rain that only saw the bravest or most foolhardy venture out into a miserable morning that had not improved much by race time.

After the Proficiency Test had already been cancelled and consulting with Charlie Cotton the Patrol Captain, it was reluctantly agreed that the conditions were downright dangerous.

Accordingly, the races were cancelled and a goodly group went in for a dip anyway.

Hopefully the sea and sun will do us proud this coming weekend. But whatever happens be down there and enjoy the moment.


127 years of Bondi Amateur Swimming Club

The Bondi Amateur Swimming Club started its 127th season on 7 October and has races from 25m to 400m from 9.00am each Saturday morning.

This includes form strokes and is spread over a two week cycle. Attending will certainly sharpen your times and improve your surf race abilities. This week will finish with a 400m dash. There are free learn to swim classes for members from November and some stroke correction to members as well. If you have any queries, the Office can direct you to a Swim Club rep.

Memorial Events: Save the Dates

11 November – Jack Cox
18 November – Ron Turner
2 December Mick Shearman

2 February- Jack Cox
3 March – Ron Turner
17 March – Mick Shearman

14 April – Jack Cox

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

Bondi shines at Coolangatta Gold

The Season may have just started, but Bondi’s team has been training hard all winter. Hard work and dedication paid off for our Coolangatta Gold competitors over the weekend.

The conditions were challenging for both the short course and long course races, but Bondi was all smiles as each competitor crossed the finish line. Congratulations to long course finishers: Pep Font, Juliann Desjardins, Louise Santos, Calvin Brodie, Greg Byrnes; and to short course finishers: Sep Khanbeigi, Gary Emmerton, James Rogers, Justin Biggs, Isabella Dobozy, and Max Gonzalez; and teams Bondi Coolies, Bondi Bullets, Bondi Internationals, and Bondi Dewth.

The logistics of Coolangatta Gold requires a team effort. A big thank you goes to: Gary Emmerton, Pep Font, and Robert Chapman for getting our team race ready, Angus Chard and the Hackers family for managing the transition areas, Rob Harvey for driving the trailer home, and all our family and friends for cheering everyone to the finish.

R&R Information meeting, 20 October

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. Location TBD.

Surf Sports Proficiency and Social

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

Summer training starts Monday, 15 October

Don’t forget!


Welcome Rip Riders!

Please give a warm welcome to 13 of our newest recruits, our second Bronze group to kick off this Season – the Rip Riders.

Currently in their 3rd week of training on Wednesday and Sundays. they will be getting active with more morning sessions as the Club training kicks off – if you see us in the pink and green, come along and say ‘Hi!’


Saturday 27 October has the first big 3 proficiency. Come down and get it done first!

New proficiency sheets have been posted around the club & on facebook. There are changes coming to the IRB proficiencies so stay tuned for those updates.

Proficiencies 2018/19

Sign up here for a Course

Check course dates here

Higher Awards

Our first First Aid Course is complete and we have more First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Training and Spinal Management Courses coming up,

To register for all higher awards courses simply follow this link: and click on “book in here now”

Youth Mental First Aid Course – not to be missed

Waverley Council is partnering with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Education, Primary Health Network, community leaders, Family and Community Services (FACS), Police, and local councils to offer the community training to respond to young people’s mental health issues.

10-11 November, 9.30am –5.00pm (2 day course)
Community Room, Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre, Waverley Park, Bondi Rd, Bondi

Eligibility – Participants to:

  • Be over the age of 18 years.
  • Be available for the entire two days of the course
  • Work and support youth in South Eastern Sydney communities.

Your next courses and trials are:

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


Nippers begins

Nippers will kick off the Season on Sunday, 14 October at 8.45am

You can get all your Nippers Merchandise at our sale on Saturday, 13 October from 1.00-5.00pm

For up to date information download TEAM APP, join BONDI NIPPERS as a ‘parent and nipper’ as well as any Age Groups your child is in.

Please also check out the Nippers Season calendar.



If you have an interesting article concerning a member, past or present, please direct them to digital

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

Office Bearers 2017-2018

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