Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 8 November 2018

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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

The Bondi Surfer No. 77

9 November 2018

Photo: 5:55 am Sunrise, by Tim Reid

Intro & Welcome

The Legend’s Lunch was a huge success with over 300 in attendance. On the day we introduced the new partnership with Waverley College and heard from special guests Brad Fitler and Ned Wieland. Thank you to the organising committee of Andrew Hoggett, Kieran Varcoe, Grant Baldock, Adam Nezval and Bronte Morgan.

There are still spaces left for both 10 and 24 November skin checks, please book in as it is a free service. As it’s been open for members for a weeks now please feel free to now book in your family into some of the spots available (see link below).

We also have a vacancy as a manager at the Club, Helen Jenkinson is leaving us to pursue other opportunities and we wish her well. Please see details below.

See you on the beach!

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Spaces still open at Skin Check Clinic – 10 November
  • Gold Medallion Swim Time Trial at Icebergs – 10 November
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid course – 10-11 November
  • Jack Cox Memorial Race – 11 November
  • World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide – 16 November – 2 December
  • Spinal Management – 17 November
  • ARTC – 18 November
  • Ron Turner Memorial Race – 18 November
  • Spaces still open at Skin Check Clinic – 24 November
  • Beach Day! – 25 November
  • First Aid- 25 November
  • Silver Medallion Course begins – 26 November
  • Mick Shearman Memorial Race – 2 December
  • Lightning Bronze Course – 10-15 December

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Don’t Miss Out: Member Skin Checks

Be sun safe and get your skin checked regularly. The Club is offering financial members two skin clinics this month … bulk billed to ensure you are looked after.

At the moment we have 3 spots available on 10 November and 18 spots free on 24 November.

Please click Skin Checksto book in.


Memorial for Joy Hitchenson at Cronulla SLSC

A memorial for Joy Hitchenson and the scattering of her ashes will take place on her birthday, Sunday 11 November 2.00pm at Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club.

If you would like to join us to celebrate her extraordinary life please assemble in front of Cronulla Lifeguards First Aid room.

Joy was a Life Member of Cronulla’s Auxiliary and a long servicing official for SLSA officiating for many years at Branch, State and Australian level.

Joy would have many associations with members throughout Sydney Branch due to her long service as an official.

BOB “Zipper” CONLON – Ashes Ceremony

Bronte SLSC Life Member & Australian Boat Champion Bob Zipper Conlon passed away in June this year from cancer.

His ashes will be scattered in the sea at Bronte Beach on Sunday 25 November at 2pm.

Following the scattering of the ashes, a wake will be held at Bronte Surf Club. All friends and fellow competitors are invited to attend and join in a celebration of Zipper’s life.


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday, 10 November
8:30am – 1:15pm – Fletcher
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Baldock

Sunday, 11 November
7:30am – 1:15pm – Fullwood
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Walsh

Saturday, 17 November
8:30am – 1:15pm – Jeppesen
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Craven

Sunday, 18 November
7:30am – 1:15pm – Besomo
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Nightingale

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

The Richardson & Wrench (R&W) Eastern Suburbs group have proudly supported Bondi Surf Life Saving Club since 2000.

Many R&W Directors and staff are long standing members of the Club and they are very proud of the R&W/Bondi SBLSC association.

For any Eastern Suburbs real estate advice, please contact one of the offices that have sponsored our Club:

R&W Bondi Beach
Jason Taylor / Keiran Speed / Ian Wallace

R&W Bondi Junction
Andre Frack/Chris Herbert

R&W Double Bay
Michael Dunn/Robynne Arnouts/James Dunn/Phoebe Shepperd

R&W Elizabeth Ba y
Greg McKinley / Jason Boon / Andrew Hoggett

Check out the recent R&W profile video.

Member Benefits

Whether you want to improve your fitness before the “Silly Season” is in full swing or you just want to enjoy being active outdoors, paddling in the Harbour is beautiful way to kick-start your day or a perfect weekend activity.

Don’t know where to paddle? We have you covered with our Member Benefits program…

OzPaddle Rose Bay

Kayak hire and fitness
Tingira Reserve, Cnr of New South Head Road & Vickery Ave, Rose Bay

1 week free trial to all Bondi members with up to date member badge

Whether you are a new to paddling or are an experienced paddler who doesn’t get out on the water often enough, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity. Summer is coming and the weather is warm now, so no excuses not to get out of bed and enjoy our beautiful harbour!

This is a photo of Tommy at the Lion Island Challenge race a couple of weeks ago, proudly wearing his Bondi cap!

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

Bondi SBLSC Beach Day

All Bondi members are welcome for a family day hosted by Walsh Patrol

3:00-5:00pm, Sunday 25 November

Enter in teams of 6-enter with friends, patrol, family or fellow Bronzies.

Fun as well as competitive events: egg on spoon race, biathlon, three-legged race etc.

Points per team will be awarded to top two participants per team per event and will be competitive based on age etc. There is therefore no penalty for coming in last place.

Bottles and prizes at the Blue Room from 5:00pm.

Brad Fittler addresses the gathering. Photo: Garry Beath

Legends Lunch enthralled large crowd

Brad Fittler and Ned Wieland, speaking of their accomplishments and experiences, enthralled the large gathering of sportsmen who attended Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club’s seventh annual Legends Lunch.

Fittler, NSW’s successful State of Origin coach and former Sydney Roosters rugby league premiership-winning captain, spoke of his debut as a 16-year-old with Penrith, his decision to join the Roosters in the mid-1980s, the many larger-than-life characters he encountered on the way, and the opportunity to coach the NSW team.

He transformed a much-maligned team and ultimately succeeded in winning back the State of Origin trophy from Queensland for only the second time in the past 14 years.

Wieland, a 17-year-old Waverley College student and North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club member, entertained the crowd about both the physical and mental demands it takes to embark on epic challenges. He is the youngest Australian to swim the English Channel, and completd the triple crown of ocean swimming, the 20 bridges of New York, Catalina Island and English Channel.

Recently retired Sydney Swans Australian football player Kurt Tippett and Waverley College headmaster Graham Leddie were among more than 350 people who attended the event, which coincided with the first intake of the college’s students to a dedicated Bronze medallion squad.

Ned Wieland, Waverley College student and conqueror of marathon swimming’s triple crown. Photo: Garry Beath

Surf Sports

Surf Sports

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 6 – 28 OctoberResults are here.

Fellow Surfers

Saturday was perfect.

The water was shimmering, with a small wave rolling in. I raced at the Baths with Bondi Amateur Swimming Club and finished the morning with a 400m dash…well dawdle.

Needless to say, I put on my speedos Sunday morning and jogged down only to find a sea of white water, with very large waves breaking everywhere. I watched the sea pick up a ducky and pummel it into submission, until the keel was facing the sky.

The race was cancelled.

However, many still braved the seas. Quote of the week came from Dave “it’s good once you get out 2 or 3 hundred metres”. No one did.

Regular Paul Pickering hit the beach for the first time this season, with a lot more energy. He advised happily that he and longtime partner Elaine have tied the knot in Santorini!

Week 7 – 4 November Results are here.

This week, the sun was burning the skin and the surf was up, sending the Nippers everywhere. Thus, three were treated for encounters with board.

Unfortunately there was a false start. It took a while to get the action going, with only one IRB looking after us, the Nippers, and the public, which is not a good look.

I finally made it into the surf and doubled up for the Proficiency, which saw a goodly number of attendees. My tube rescue was one of those surreal times when I swam out and rescued my boyhood hero and good friend Mr. Bondi. It was a sight to see in most challenging conditions. Unfortunately, it was not videoed, so you will not see it on Bondi Rescue.

We had a number of time trials who reveled in the testing conditions, including Guthrie Cormack and Johnny Attin. The A grade winner was Nicola, who showed some great surfing skills. She was followed by Peter who had another excellent performance. Michael came in a well-earned third.

B grade was all Jonathan’s, with Jana second, a good effort for a Cadet member. Master waterman and all-round good guy Bruce came in a respectable third.

You will note these races are now officially Blue Room Surf Races. This is due to the efforts of Nick and Dori, for which we thank them.

Our Patron was down and again missing a costume. Can someone donate one to Peter, so he can have a splash with the rest of us.

The Memorial Events start next week. I look forward to your attendance.


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There are lots of proficiencies this month, so get this requirement out of the way now. You can see the latest details here.

Bronze courses

The Ice Breakers are on Patrol

BM1 “Icebreakers” were presented their uniforms by Club Patron, Peter Stapleton last week, and have started Patrolling – well done to James Stewart, Felicity MacArthur, Thomas Nguyen, Olivier Brisse, Charlie Allen and Allison Legg for training this group.

Rip Riders Presentation Night

BM2 “Rip Riders” assessments are this week and Presentation Night will be Sunday night – come on down and celebrate with our newest Bronze members.

Bronze group 3 and the Lightning course

BM3 started last week and have had two spectacular Saturdays to practice with boards!

Places in our Lightning Bronze 10-15th December are filling fast – if you know someone who wants to do a summer course, sign up here.

Higher Awards

New Courses for Higher Awards have just been released for November, December and 2019. To registersimply go to this webpage and click on the “book in here now” option.

Make it a record year for Gold Medallions

The run to Gold Medallion assessments is on, with over 25 members already showing signs of registering. This could be our Club’s biggest year for Gold…

Our next courses and trials are:

10 November – Gold Medallion Swim Trial at Icebergs, 12:30 pm
17 November – Spinal Management
18-22 November – Advanced Resuscitation
​25 November – First Aid
26 November – Silver Medallion course starts
1 December – Gold Medallion Assessment at Maroubra
11 December – 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 Silver Medallions

All Patrol and Vice captains are required to have this award, earned by completing three evening classes teaching the skills needed to manage beaches around Australia.

Aimed at members with 2 years or more experience of patrolling and Patrol Captain backed applications, these courses will take place at Little Bay:

26, 28, November and 5 December
10, 12, and 17 December

Advance notice: Youth Mental First Aid Course

A Two-Day Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Course will take place 2-3 March at Waverley Park. This is aimed at Patrol and Vice Captains, Trainers, Assessors, Nipper/Age Managers.

It teaches first aid skills for helping youth experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation, or in the early stages of mental illness.

Become a Trainer

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

Book 2018/19 Higher Awards courses Now

Community News

Formal Introductions: Keiran Quartly, Caretaker of our Club

Keiran Quartly accepted the role of Club Caretaker. He has been a member of the Club since childhood and considers the Club his home. Keiran has a wealth of experience in managing facilities in the same or similar environments as the Club and was already our interim Caretaker, since April 2018.

I am hoping you can all join me in welcoming Keiran to the role.

Marissa Saunders, Director of Administration

Competition: Best Patrol Photo

Sydney Branch is pleased to present ‘2018 Best Patrol Photo Competition’.

Photos are to be emailed to lifesaving by 9.00am Monday, 17 December 2018.

A Great Prize for the winning Club Photo has been donated by Surf Safety Australia.

Fame for a Bondi Family?

Screentime Productions have contacted the Club looking for an outgoing family who are involved in surf life-saving. Ideally the family will have school aged children (primary or high school).

This is for a new reality show. If selected, it’s a 10 day filming commitment between January and March 2019. The children would still have their day to day structure during the day with school and other activities.

Screentime are offering a payment for time spent, to be discussed later in the casting process.

If you’re interested in finding out further info – email rachel.scott.

Bondi woman becomes viral sensation for human rights?

Women over the age of 40, Amnesty International would love to hear from you.

Amnesty will be filming a short video in the Eastern Suburbs on Wednesday, 14 November and has put out a casting call.

The film will involve speaking an Article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and women who speak languages other than English are welcome.

The film will be published worldwide to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration, which happens in December.

A great role for Bondi’s life saving women.

Please reply to for more details.


Job Vacancy: General Manager

We would like to advise that the General Manager Role has become vacant at the Club and we are searching for a qualified person to take over the role.

Operations and Club management background preferred.

Here are the role description and information for applications.


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

Photo submissions: ​photos

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

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