Bondi Surfer No. 93

Intro & Welcome

I joined this great club in 1993, and within one season had been “volunteered” for Treasurer.  It was challenging in a club I had only just joined, where some members were second or third generation,  however it was a great way to learn the workings of the club, meet a lot of other  people passionate about the club, and develop skills and experiences I would use later in my career.

This year we are pushing to reduce the patrol hours with two new patrols, so everyone will have at least eight spare hours across the season.  I am hoping that you will consider using some of those hours to help volunteer in the running of the club.  See the list of roles we still need here.

The club also has three major fundraising events each season; the City 2 Surf (this weekend), the Legends Lunch (October 18th), and the Bondi Bluewater Classic (Feb).  We need helpers for all three. You can sign up for City 2 Surf here.

Brent Jackson

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Nippers Season 2019/20 Registration Opens – 1 July
  • Deadline for 2019/20 membership – 31 July
  • Australian Pool Rescue Championships – 9-11 August
  • City to Surf Fundraising BBQ – 11 August
  • Bronze Medallion Swim Test – Cook & Phillip Pool – 13 August
  • Bronze Medallion Induction – 7 September
  • Gear Inspection – 7 September
  • Patrol Captains/Vice-Captains Pre-Season Meeting and Proficiencies – 8 September
  • Patrol Season starts – 28 September

Find more information on the Club Facebook page.

It’s City 2 Surf Weekend

Volunteers needed for the City 2 Surf Fundraising BBQ.

We need as many volunteers as possible to help with our fundraising BBQ. Please sign up to help out for as long or as little as you can manage on Sunday 11 August. All Bondi members, from Associates to Nipper Parents and everyone in between, are asked to lend a hand.

Sunday shifts: 5-6am, 6am-9am, 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-5pm.

Jobs include:

  • BBQ – Cook the food
  • Cashiers – handle the money transactions (adult position only)
  • Runners – who work with a cashier to fill the order
  • Food preparation and stocking – Prep the food to be cooked/ served, keeping drinks and sauces stocked
  • Set up/down – Set up Saturday 2-4pm and pack down on Sunday afternoon 3pm-5pm.

Your contribution to this day will mean a lighter load and shorter shifts for all and hopefully a successful day to get our the season off to a great start. Thank you!

Club Access During City 2 Surf

The Sun Herald City 2 Surf is one of the club’s biggest fundraising days and Fairfax Media have once again hired our clubhouse as a First Aid area.

For security and patient privacy reasons this requires exclusive access. Therefore, Bondi SBLSC members will not be able to use any part of the clubhouse from 12:00pm Saturday 10 August to 5.00pm Sunday 11 August. Please do not store your bags in the change rooms for race end. Access will not be possible.

Queen Elizabeth Drive will close at 1 am on Saturday morning to enable the work crews to build infrastructure on QED on Saturday. Members will not be able to park in front of the Club. Parking is available on Park Drive South. Please consider public transport.

Please refer to the Road Closures Map for parking on Sunday.

Thanks for your understanding and GOOD LUCK to all our runners.

Past Due Membership Renewals and Payments

The 2019/20 membership renewals and payments are now past due. The security tags for members who have not renewed have been deactivated. Please renew and pay your membership fees in your Members Area Account or contact the Office to arrange payment.


Education Team of the Year

At the Branch Awards of Excellence last month, Bondi was awarded the Team of the Year for the Education team – thanks to all the trainers and assessors who delivered this massive program. We are excited to be going to NSW State awards later this month. Could not possibly have done it without all the dedicated trainers.

I’m very much looking forward to leading this award winning team onto another fantastic & hopefully record breaking season. I know we all have the same goal – to have as many highly trained lifesavers on the beach as possible. Below are some key members of the team that will be helping us get there:

  • Neil Collins – did a fantastic job as Higher Awards Manager last year and we look forward to another season with him at the helm
  • Tom Hough and Mason Kemeny – are your new Proficiency Managers and are already proving to be well on top of the task with a full calendar
  • Alex Lincoln-Dodgson – will be Bronze Manager and bronze Trainer. He will be the first point of contact for advice and questions from current and prospective Bronze trainers. Consider him the Bronze brains trust.
  • Deputy of Education – Nicola Watkins was originally down to be Deputy of Education but has elected to dedicate herself to the club as Youth Manager. I know Nicola will be great in this very important role and give her my full support. This does leave the deputy role vacant and I’m open to hearing from anyone interested.

Congratulations also to Rookie Recruit of the Year Jonathan Potts, Rookie Trainer of the Year Neil Collins, Trainer of the Year Michael Delaney, and Assessor of the Year Amber Jones.

Higher Awards

Check out our Higher Awards Calendar for 2019/20.

Photo:  James and Felicity (at left) on a beautiful September day with the 2018/19 Icebreakers group.

Calling All Wannabe Bronzes

That’s right the first Bronze Medallion course of the 2019/20 season is coming up fast with Induction on September 1 at the Club.

Yes it’s still cold outside but by getting in early:

  • You’ll finish your training by the end of October in time to enjoy the sunshine and an entire season of Club membership and benefits
  • There’ll be plenty of parking when you come down for training and plenty of room on the beach to do your training
  • You’ll be led by award-winning trainers – Felicity Macarthur (Lead Trainer and 2018/9 recipient of the Mark Fischer Club Captain’s Award) and James Stewart (Mentor Trainer and 2018/19 Harry Nightingale Lifesaver of the Year Award winner)
  • Wetsuits are wonderful at keeping you warm (well kind of, it is Icebreakers after all)

There’s an early swim test (400m in 9 minutes or less) next Tuesday evening (August 13) at Cook and Phillip Pool for those keen to get it out of the way.

So sign up or refer a friend now by registering at or email You can also see more about the course and the Club here.


Very proud to announce your Bondi Lifesaving leadership team for 2019/20.

What do we do? We manage and train your IRB  section, we repair and maintain your boats, boards, tubes, SSV and kit, we manage your patrol rosters & numbers, we mentor and prepare our junior lifesavers and cadets for patrols and leadership roles on patrol, we repair and maintain your radios, we stock, replenish, and maintain your first aid room, kits, oxygen and defibs and much much more!

Your team:

  • Director of Lifesaving/Club Captain  – Damon Somerfield – Overall responsibility for lifesaving at Bondi and a Bondi board member, all things lifesaving & strategy.
  • Captain of Lifesaving – Michael Hallam – Responsible for all lifesaving operational areas, patrols, rosters, radios, gear, all things beach.
    IRB Captain – Alex Ayscough – Responsible for all IRB functions and teams, anything in or around the duck.
    Youth Captain – Nicola Watkins – Responsible for our youth patrol members, SRC, cadets and our future lifesaving leaders.
  • Gear Steward – Michael Delaney, and Assistant Gear Steward – Jack Newman – Responsible for all gear, equipment, maintenance. If it’s in the shed or tunnel this is the team.
  • Radio Officer – Dan Gillespie, and Assistant Radio Officer – Jack Jackson – Responsible for all radios and maintenance, all things beach communications.
  • First Aid Officer – Simon Smith – Overall responsibility for our first room, stock and maintenance, all things first aid and support.

Patrol Updates

Patrol rosters will be out in August and our patrol season will start on 28th September

Next summer Bondi SBLSC are expanding from 12 to 14 patrols. This gives our existing Active Members the opportunity to join our new patrols – Ormsby and McDondald – for the start of 2019/20 season.

Adding two more patrols will reduce the rostered hours required for each person and we anticipate that, as the Club’s active base continues to grow, we will add further patrols.

As with all our patrol names they are named after members and families that have contributed significantly to our club and have form part of our club’s surf life saving history.

Ormsby Patrol

Lyster Ormsby, known as the gentle giant, was a Foundation and Life Member of Bondi SBLSC.  He was the first Club Captain in the year of foundation 1906.  He was responsible for the formation of the Surf Bathers’ Association of NSW (the beginnings of the Surf Life Saving Association). Lyster organised the first life saving duty roster for Bondi SBLSC members.  He is also the original designer of the surf rescue reel; the first model was made with a cotton reel and hairpins.  From this model the first reel was built and demonstrated on 23 December 1906. He gained an Instructor Certificate from the Royal Lifesaving Society in March 1908.

  • Patrol Captain – Tom Levi
    Tom is one of Bondi’s top captains, a proficient Gold Medallion lifesaver for the past three years, and a lead bronze medallion trainer. Tom helped manage Bondi last Christmas when our team logged more than 120 rescues on one of our busiest patrols in recent history.
  • Patrol Vice Captains – Samantha Wolf and Jeremy Davis
    Sam and Jeremy are two of our most experienced and high energy leaders, both actively involved in our SRC training and youth development.

McDonald Patrol

Named after Stanley McDonald and his son Basil McDonald.  Stan was the first appointed chief beach inspector for Waverley Council at Bondi. Known as “The King of Bondi”, Stan is a key part of Bondi legend history and set the pattern for beach inspectors. Stan is still rated as having the highest rescue count in Bondi history. His son Basil a Bondi Life Member, worked at Bondi for over 50 yrs. He was known as “Mr Bondi”, was awarded the Order of Australia in 1980 for his services to the community and surf life saving and recognised for his bravery during the “Black Sunday” mass rescue.

  • Patrol Captain – Simon Smith
    Simon is an experienced captain and leader who joined Bondi last year, Simon has managed key leadership roles in South Maroubra for Nippers, Water Safety and Competition and has rowed for Australia.
  • Vice Captains – Neil Collins and James Burnard.
    Both Neil and James are both Gold Medallion level lifesavers and trainers.

We wish Simon and Tom the best of luck in setting up and running our new patrols.

If you are looking for a change or the opportunity to join a new patrol next summer please contact your patrol captain, then email your expression of interest to Michael Hallam who will be managing the patrol set up with Tom and Simon.

Our ability to grow our patrol numbers is due to the countless hours each of you dedicate each year to the club.

A big thank you to our teams who have already been working hard in preparation for another great season at Bondi. Your support and encouragement is very much appreciated!


Register Now For Nippers

Registration for returning and new Nippers has been open for just a month and places are filling fast. We encourage you to register your child now to avoid missing out.

Pay online, ensure you have a valid email address for payment confirmation and once you have paid don’t forget to renew or apply for membership via Surf Life Saving Australia.

Surf Sports

Congratulations to our Board Riders

The 2019 Midford NSW Board Riding Championships were held last weekend at North Narabeen. Congratulations to Peter Meyer for winning the Bronze in the 40-49 years short board and to Sean Murphy for placing 5th in both the 50-59 years long board and short board competitions. Our pilates guru, Harries also had three gold medals.


The Comedy Night held on Friday 26 July was a huge success!

We raised an amazing $2,638.74 for the club!! These funds will contribute to club life and continue to bring you some amazing social events!!

Thank you again to Mamasan Bondi for having us and to the amazing people and business who donated items to our raffle and auction: Tim Read; Beach Fit; Lets Go Surfing; Matt Pearce; Rational; Sharon Neal Massage; SQD Athletica; Cronulla Folk; Budgy Smugglers; Bondi Born; Bondi Beach Cellars; Aussie Bums; Bondi Wash.

Also thank you to Anne-Marie Kruk, Brett Pattinson, Laurie Young, Nicole De Pear, and Isabelle Ulliana for all your hard work putting this event together!!

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

For great Clubbie discounts, look out for the Bondi sticker at friendly local businesses!

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.

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise


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Office Bearers  2019-20


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