Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 22 February 2019

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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

The Bondi Surfer No. 84

22 February 2019

Intro & Welcome

Thank you to all our patrolling members! Our patrols have been receiving consistent praise from other clubs, the lifeguards and also Sydney Branch for a number of rescues carried out recently. I’m proud to see that we continue to maintain the high standard expected of our club in carrying out our reason for existing as a club – Saving lives.

Our social team has been busy with a range of events coming up with a trivia night in March and organising the Blue and White Ball in May. The ball will be the first one we are having for a few years and they always used to sell out quickly! Book a table and organise your partners, friends, family and other club members together. The ball will be held in the Establishment Ballroom in the city.

This weekend due to storm weather, we have had to postpone the Bondi Blue Water Challenge.

ALL BBWC EVENTS including the ocean swims, beach run and nipper challenge have been postponed to Sunday 28 April, 2019. Current registrations will still be honoured and transferred to the new date.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but hope to see you back on Bondi Beach for the new date! If you have any questions please get in touch at bondibluewater.

BBWC2019 New Date Details

When – Sunday 28 April, 2019
Online entries close – 3pm on Saturday 27 April, 2019


A date that is coming up on the 24th of March is the annual Stan Mac Relay. It’s one of my favourite days in the lifesaving season, Bondi takes on North Bondi in a 20 swimmer relay. It has been running consistently since the 1942/3 season so make sure you put in your diary to come down and support our club.

See you on the beach

Jacob Waks21 February 2019

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • POSTPONED Bondi Bluewater Challenge – 24 February
  • Bottles talk with Life Coach Phil Newman – 24 February, 5:00pm
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Course – 2-3 March
  • Ron Turner Memorial Surf Race – 3 March
  • St Patricks Trivia Night – 15 March
  • Mick Shearman Memorial Surf Race – 17 March
  • 76th Annual Stan & Basil McDonald Relay – 24 March
  • Aussies 2019, Gold Coast – 30 March – 7 April
  • Jack Cox Memorial Surf Race – 14 April
  • NEW DATE Bondi Blue Water Challenge – 28 April
  • Gold Medallion Assessment at Cronulla – 28 April
  • Blue and White Ball – 4 May

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Note to members: Cancellation due to storm conditions

The scheduled Bondi Blue Water Challenge scheduled for Sunday 24 February is cancelled.

Nippers activities have also been cancelled. There will be no Nippers for any ages this weekend.

Stay safe.


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday 23 February
8:30am – 1:15pm – Craven
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Douglas

Sunday, 24 February
7:30am – 1:15pm – Bassingthwaite
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Fletcher

Saturday, 2 March
8:30am – 1:15pm – Fullwood
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Walsh

Sunday, 3 March
7:30am – 1:15pm – Hutchings
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Besomo

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

Support the Club at Grill'd in March

Support the Club over your burger

We are pleased to announce Bondi Surf Club is a ‘Local Matters’ partner with Grill’d burgers at Bondi Junction.

In March, we are one of three groups displayed in the restaurant. Every burger sold comes with a Local Matters token, that you can place in the Bondi Surf Club jar. At the end of the month, Grill’d will count the tokens. (If we get the most tokens, the Club can get $300; runners up get $100 each)

So get on down to Grill’d, eat some burgers, and vote for Bondi Surf Club!

Member Benefits

Business Class Personal Training

Once you’ve had your burgers, you will be wanting to work them off.

Do it with the lovely Business Class Personal Training. As members of Bondi Surf Club, we can each get 2 free sessions, including a fitness analysis test and a tailored individual training.

The owner, Pawel Zerebiecki, is based up at Fitness First Spring Street in Bondi Junction and when asked why he wanted to support clubbies, he said:

“I want to improve people lives by supporting their health and well-being. Working locally and helping people in surrounding area will give me a great chance to affect more lives and care about more people”.

Contact Pawel directly, and mention that you are a member of Bondi Surf Club: businessclasspt or 0426908786

Not sure who offers great Clubbie discounts? Look for the Bondi sticker in shop windows!

Clubbie Discount participating businesses post this sticker
Don’t’ forget to check out the Member benefits poster in the Club to discover new businesses supporting us.

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

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Bondi Blue Water Challenge 2019 is 24 Feb. Volunteers and competitors needed.

Postponement of #BBWC2019

Sunday was the annual Bondi Blue Water Challenge, but with dangerous surf conditions forecast, we have taken the decision to reschedule the event.

ALL BBWC EVENTS including the ocean swims, beach run and nipper challenge have been postponed to the new date of Sunday 28 April, 2019. Current registrations will still be honoured and transferred to the new date.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but hope to see you back on Bondi Beach for the new date!

If you have any questions please get in touch at bondibluewater.

BBWC2019 New Date Details

When – Sunday 28 April, 2019
Online entries close – 3pm on Saturday 27 April, 2019


This is one of the Club’s major fundraisers, and many hands lighten the load. If you have signed up, we hope we can count you in on the new day. A reminder of the main tasks and times:

Beach set up – 6.00am – 8.00am
Registrations – 6.45am – 10.15am
Water Safety 9.00am – 11.45am
Beach pack up 11.30am – 12.30pm

Let us know if you can help by registering here

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 21- 17 February Results are here.

Fellow Surfers,

I got up early Sunday and got down in time to do a patrol (the first in far too long a time). A beautiful morning, with very small waves. The Patrol Captain and his team put the buoys (our very own new ones) just off the north flag and the Duck sat on the north buoy for the duration of the race, which was greatly appreciated.

Jacob came down and looked at the conditions and said, "Let’s hold a tube race." Showing his usual aplomb and leadership skills, he got the ball rolling for the very first time, which was truly great. Although not in the winner’s circle, Jacob got two podium finishes. "Not bad for an old timer," I heard someone say and I could not agree more

Sean, in his first race of the season, won A Grade. in what was a good race, with Sean coming through the pack to be a clear winner. Rohan was a couple of metres behind, with Jacob powering up the beach, as I remember him in the first blushes of his youth, which in the scheme of things was only yesterday or thereabouts.

B Grade has become Courtney’s event this season, with another BIG BIG win. A true artist in the water & another heading for A Grade next season. Brett made it a close race, with the ever popular retired Gear Steward a credible third (probably stopped to take a couple of shots).

We had the tube races, which were some very quick races, after a buoy was brought in closer. It also resulted in some very close races, with just the one protest against Jesse due to his height and wading ability. Needless to say, I thought it’s about time that height counted for something.

Not a bad morning and we look forward to seeing more of you in coming weeks.

Hopefully the Tube Race will be again a go and with Jacob’s presence, it is sure to be so.


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Bronze training group 5
Photo: BM5 ‘The Bronzillas’ getting ready for training on Wednesday

Bondi Thunder squad celebrates their Bronze awards
Photo: BM4, also known as Turtle Recall

Bronze courses

BM4 and 5 are busy learning skills, with BM4 completing First Aid last weekend and plenty of board work for BM5. Please say hi if you see them around the Club.

Another course to meet demand

Given demand from Nippers, we have added BM6 – which already has 11 people signed up! If you have anyone interested, please get them to sign up.

This course will start with an induction at 10:30am on 24 March and will run 8 weeks (skipping Easter) on Sunday mornings and Tuesday nights, finishing in late May.

We will need water safety and trainer support for this course so if you can help please let us know on


It’s only 200 days until 7 September 2019, when our first Bronze course for next year starts.

For anyone interested in courses over the next year, the dates are all available here.

Higher Awards

SLSA assessor trainees

Well done to 11 trainers who spent last weekend learning the intricacies of the VET training system. They’re on their way to becoming SLSA Assessors.

This course is a stepping stone to a full Cert IV in Training and lifts the skill levels of our Education team. If you want to reinforce your Bronze skills, become a trainer. If you want to reinforce trainer skills, become an assessor!

Remember we love to welcome new trainers on this journey, so please let education know if you would like to join the Education team!

Youth Mental First Aid Course

On 2 and 3 March, a 2 day accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, aimed at Patrol and Vice Captains, Trainers, Assessors, Nipper/Age Managers, will be run in Waverley Park.

This course 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.

Next and final Gold assessment

Your Gold Medallion 800m swim time trails will be at Icebergs, 12:30pm on:

9 March
13 April
(please contact Damon to confirm attendance)

And your assessment will be on 28 April at Cronulla SLSC.

Your next Course opportunities

First Aid (Expires every 3 yrs) full day course – 17 February or 9 March
Advanced Resuscitation Training 3 sessions – 16/19/21 March or 7/10/11 April
Silver medallion Beach Management at Little Bay – 11/13/18 March or 24/26 June/1 July
Spinal Management 3 hour course – 30 March or 27 April

Please ensure if register for a course you are able to attend, Failure to attend puts the course at risk of not running due to numbers required for assessment.

Any questions regarding Higher Awards speak to Damon on 0414 571 448 or email higherwards

Book 2018/19 Higher Awards courses Now

St Patricks Day trivia night

Coming up at the Club

St Patrick’s Trivia Night

Friday 15 March at 7:30pm, the Club main hall will hold a very green trivia night.

Get your teams together and grab a table for $50 a table (6 people per table), or get a $10 single ticket and join a team on the night.

Costumes are mandatory. Prizes on offer for place holders and best dressed team. Book online.


SurFebruary is officially on! Your mates will be catching a wave (or another water based activity) each day and raise vital funds for cancer patients and their families.


The Blue and White Ball

Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club invites members and guests to the event of the year, the exclusive Inaugural Blue and White Ball in the iconic Establishment Ballroom.

4 May, 2019, 7:00pm

Cost: $1,200 per table of 8. Includes gourmet three course meal, entertainment, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (basic package).
Dress Code: Formal
Attendees must be 18years or older

Book your tickets now!

Club Talks

Bottles talks continue this weekend, bring a friend or neighbour along on Sunday afternoon and take advantage of the clubs wonderful ‘Blue Room’ venue.

Sunday bottles talk

Tom and Zoe - winner and finalist for Junior Lifesaver of the Year

Junior LifeSaver of the Year

Our Nippers program had a huge result, with 2 finalists in the running for the Junior Lifesaver of the Year awards presentation.

Thomas Mc Farland has been named the 2019 Junior Lifesaver of the Year. It is the first time in about 15 years we have had a Nipper win this award. We know Thomas will wear the Blue and White with pride while representing the Sydney Branch in all things ‘Nippers’ in the next 12 months.

Zoe Fletcher and Thomas Mc Farland, our Nipper Captains, BOTH made it as finalists. Congratulations to both Zoe & Thomas. We are very proud of you.

Office News

Expressions of Interest (EOI)
3 Year External Audit Appointment for Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club

Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club is a Public Benevolent Institution seeking Expressions of Interest for its external auditor for the next 3 years. The Club’s financial year-end is 30 April and the appointment would be sought to commence for the 2019 year-end through to 2021 year-end, with options for extension at the Bondi Surf Club Board’s discretion.

EOI are sought from applicants with extensive audit experience in the not for profit sector, with surf lifesaving experience seen favourably.

If you are interested, please forward an EOI along with relevant information to

Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club
Queen Elizabeth Dr
Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Closing Date: Friday 8 March 2019, 5:00pm

Community News

Sydney Roosters Come and Try Day

Mini League with Sydney Roosters: Registrations are open

Children who are new to Mini League or would like to learn more about playing are invited to come along to a Come and Try Open Day on Saturday 23rd February at Waverley Oval.

The Come and Try Mini League is a great way to get a taste of the Sydney Roosters Junior Mini League and Rugby League. The day will be packed with Roosters benefits,rugby league skills and activities, Roosters merchandise and an appearance by Rocky the Rooster.

Mini League is a fun and exciting competition for boys and girls aged 4 – 8 years. It will run at Waverley Oval Sunday mornings between April and August, excluding school holidays.

Please note the Come and Try event is for new players only.

Date: Saturday 23 February 2019
Time: 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Location: Waverley Oval 2 (Synthetic Field), Corner Birrell Street and Park Parade, Bondi Junction
Ages: Boys and Girls aged 4 to 8 years

Book Here



Because of the Bondi Blue Water Challenge on Sunday, the Club Office will be open from 9:00am to 12:00noon this Saturday 23 February.

Bondi Surf Club opening hours


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

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