Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 24 October 2018

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25 October 2018

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Intro & Welcome

Friday this week sees the Club come together for one of our major fundraisers, the Bondi Legends Lunch. There are over 320 tickets sold for the event. Thank you to the organisers of the event for all the hard work you put in.

Our Club’s social scene is kicking off in a great way with the first event! Trivia Night sold out in just over a week. The team headed by Anna Darby will also be looking to add some bands monthly at bottles and a gala ball at the end of the year.

For all members, especially new members, we have worked hard to put together a handbook with as much info as possible within. It is a great reference document and will be updated further in time – Member Handbook

The first date for skin checks was booked out in a few days. As a service for our members, we will be having 2 Skin Cancer Specialist Doctors at the Club on 10 November and 24 November. 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. There are still spaces left for the second date so please go to Skin checks 24 November to book in.

See you on the beach!

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • 7th Annual Legends Lunch – 26 October
  • ‘Big Three’ Proficiency – 27 October
  • Clint Robinson Coaching Clinic – 27-28 October
  • Meet Australia’s Strongest Woman – 28 October
  • Surf Sports Proficiency and Social – 4 November
  • Skin Care skin checks at the Club – 10 November and 24 November
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid course – 10-11 November
  • Jack Cox Memorial Race – 11 November
  • World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide – 16 November – 2 December
  • Ron Turner Memorial Race – 18 November
  • Skin Care Skin Checks at the Club – 24 November
  • Mick Shearman Memorial Race – 2 December

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Skin Care Clinics

As a service for our members, we will be having 2 Skin Cancer Specialist Doctors at the Club on 10 November and 24 November.

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. There are still spaces available for the second date. Please click Skin Checksto go to the trybooking site to book in.

7th Annual BSBLC Legends Lunch

Doltone House
Darling Island Wharf Pyrmont
Friday, 26 October, Midday


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday, 27 October
8:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
2:45pm – 6:30pm – Besomo

Sunday, 28 October
7:30am – 1:15pm – Jeppesen
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Fullwood

Saturday, 3 November
8:30am – 1:15pm – Hutchings
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Craven

Sunday, 4 November
7:30am – 1:15pm – Meagher
12:45pm – 6:30pm – 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:

2018/19 Season Patrol Roster

Patrol Swap Sheet

Marketing & Sponsorship

Looking for Christmas presents? These fabulous 10L wet bags are now available for purchase on our website. There are limited supplies so please do not delay. Click on the image below to purchase now.

Other Club merchandise can also be viewed and purchased online.

Member Benefits

Do you need some financial advice or support with completing your tax return?

Look no further. Here are two new generous local businesses that support us…


Contact: Juan Correa at jcorrea

Free Finance Health Check for Bondi Surf Club members (when up to date member badge is shown). If it’s been a while since you took a close look at your lending options – then let’s talk.

When asked why Liberty want to support Bondi Surf Club, fellow clubbie Juan said

"I want to help out fellow lifesavers"

Clarity Tax Consulting

Contact: Jessica Jiang at jessica.j

10% on listed price or published fee schedule to Bondi Surf Club members (when up to date member badge is shown)

When asked why Clarity want to support Bondi Surf Club, Jessica said

"The members of the Bondi Surf Club are selfless and brave people in our community and they have put in their own time and expertise for the public to safely enjoy the beaches and waters of Australia. I can’t surf but I’d love to be part of it and assist the members of the Surf Club."

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

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Surf Sports Proficiency and Social

We will be holding our annual Bronze and SRC proficiency for surf sports competitors on Sunday 4 November. Meet at 10:45 at the patrol tent. The proficiency will start at 11:00 am.

After the proficiency, we’ll have a BBQ and social in the Club. All competitors, from cadets to masters are encouraged to attend. All members and family are welcome.

Surf Races

Week 5 – 21 October Results are here.

Fellow Surfers

Another poor morning, with the aftermath of one of the biggest storms in recent memory. The water was dirty and messy. However, with the great assistance from the Patrol we had both buoys out and the ducky behind them with time to spare.

A Grade saw the return of Peter, who took the best alley and was never headed. Jessie was second, after a lot of hard work. And last week’s back marker Jacob steamed up the beach third, heading off a couple of hopefuls.

B Grade was a smaller field, with Allison giving the field a huge start. She did a Ziggy and gave it her all, coming in a very credible third. The winner was Ed, who negotiated a challenging surf, with Natasha a close second.

As I write this, Monday’s conditions are perfect. So there is hope for this coming Sunday morning.

Take the gamble and come down, irrespective of the conditions. The morning is fun and it’s great to be part of the oldest tradition on the beach.


P.S. Reminder that Bondi Amateur Swimming Club started its 127th season on 7 October and has races from 25m to 400m from 9.00am each Saturday morning. Attending will certainly sharpen your times and improve your surf race abilities. Free learn to swim classes for members start in November and we provide some stroke correction to members as well. If you have any queries, please speak to me or the Hallams.

Sign up for the weekly Surf Race report

World Lifesaving Championships Merch on Sale

Celebrate LWC2018 now and years to come with our official event merchandise.

Shop the Official Merchandise Store.



Election fever saw us move to the Icebergs for our latest Induction – thanks to the Icebergs for letting us use their facility, and don’t forget they welcome new members from the Surf Club.

11 people passed the swim test at the Icebergs on the day, with 4 already passed and ready. Overall there are 19 people signed up for this course, so you will see them starting on the beach this coming Saturday.

SRC course has started

Great to see a new crop of eager SRCs starting their training with Jeremy Davis and Sam Wolf last week. They will be training Thursday nights and Sunday mornings.

Bronze courses

BM1 Icebreakers start their assessments this week – we wish them luck and will celebrate Presentation with them at Bottles on Sunday night – please come along and welcome our newest Bronzies!

Last week saw the start of the Waverley College Bronze medallion course with 18 students starting signals, and swim tests – then Boards on Saturday. Max Gonzalez, Nicola Watkins and Alex Lincoln-Dodgson will be helping prepare this group for their exam in December and you will see them around the beach on Saturday mornings.

TIme to book for 2019

We have a busy schedule of Bronze courses planned for the upcoming season, check out all the dates here.

Courses for next year are starting to fill so if you know anyone interested, please get them to sign up right away.


Saturday is the first Big 3 Proficiency (Bronze, ARTC and Spinal). Come down and get it done first!

New proficiency sheets have been posted around the club & on facebook.

Higher Awards

Team – believe it or not – Higher Awards courses for 2018 are nearly full! Please ensure you book now to avoid being moved onto later courses.

Our next courses and trials are:

27 October and 3 November – Gold Medallion Swim Trials at Icebergs, noon
3-8 November – Advanced Resuscitation Training
10 November – Gold Medallion Swim Trial at Icebergs, 12:30 pm
17 November – Spinal Management
​25 November – First Aid

Download all course dates here.

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

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

Spotlight on Gold Medallions

The run to Gold Medallion assessments is on, with over 20 members already showing signs of registering . This could be our Club’s biggest year for Gold.

To be assessed for the Gold Medallion members must have:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • First Aid
  • ART
  • Complete the 800m swim time trial

With these complete, your first chance for a Gold Assessment is 1 December in Maroubra.

Youth Mental First Aid Course – a few spaces left

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.

Become a Trainer

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

Book 2018/19 Higher Awards courses Now

Community Talks

Meet Australia’s Strongest Woman

Bondi SBLSC is excited to welcome Australia’s strongest Woman, Martha Tevita, on Sunday, 28 October. Come along to bottles from 5.00 to 5:30pm in the Blue Room to hear her incredible story!

Martha overcame low self-esteem, and only a few years ago was unemployed, taking drugs and weighing over 135 kilos.

To fight depression she stepped into a gym, but her shame and self-hatred meant she only trained late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

Now, Martha travels the world competing for NSW and Australia, and deadlifts 220 kilos (485lbs).

She empowers others looking to improve themselves, addressing body image and media stereotypes plus speaking on bullying, negativity and the personal breakthroughs that come with following your dreams.

Her appearance is the first of several free community talks being run over summer as a service to members.

Martha will also be holding a weightlifting demo and clinic in our gym for anyone who wants to learn the basics or improve their technique in powerliftingMartha is passionate about this free lifting session being open to all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. The session will run from 4.00-5.00pm in the gym just before her speaking event in the Blue Room.

Come and be inspired!

Marty Nezval
Club Chaplain



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