Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

No Lives Lost at Bondi Beach

Month: February 2022

The Bondi Blue Water Challenge

The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is on tomorrow!

We’ve been for a swim today and the water is clear and warm. The swim is on!

The club will be open to non-club members to store their belongings to keep them dry.

Online entries are now closed but if you haven’t yet, you can enter on the day. Race day entries will be open until 15 minutes before the start of each race tomorrow.

Start times
8:00 am: 4km beach run

8:45 am: 500m swim

9:15 am: 1 km swim

10:30 am: 2.1 km swim

Find more info here –

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#swimming Bondi Surf Club
North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Tomorrow morning Golden Circle

Tomorrow morning Golden Circle will be hosting a fundraising event for Bondi Surf Club. Bring a gold coin for your refreshing juice after training, the Bondi Blue Water Challenge, or if you are just visiting the beach, and get a chance to spin and win – hats, frisbees and towels.

All funds will be donated to Bondi Surf Club.

(EFTPOS and cash accepted)

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Tomorrow morning Golden Circle

Tomorrow morning Golden Circle will be hosting a fundraising event for Bondi Surf Club. Bring a gold coin for your refreshing juice after training or racing, and get a chance to spin and win – hats, frisbees and towels.

All funds will be donated to Bondi Surf Club.

(EFTPOS and cash accepted)

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Have you entered THIS weekend’

Have you entered THIS weekend’s Bondi Blue Water Challenge yet?

Sunday 27 February 2022 – 2 sleeps to go!

There are 3 swim races – 500m, 1k and 2.1k and a 4km soft sand run.

Enter now and save!

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Calling ALL female members of

Calling ALL female members of Bondi Surf Club!

Join us for Bondi’s first ever Women’s PINK Patrol!
5th March 8am to 1:15pm

PINK Patrol is designed to inspire and empower future generations of women through positive role modelling and building capacity through skills and confidence.

Pink Patrol activities will include – learning about SLSA pathways, developing your leadership skills, meeting Special Guests and a light lunch with refreshments after patrol.

SIGN UP HERE before 27/2/22 –

If you have any questions please email Captain of Lifesaving – Nixy Krite :

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Surf Life Saving Australia
Waverley Council

A sad day for the club with th

A sad day for the club with the flag at half mast for a true club gentleman, David Emanuel.

David joined in 1948 and was a 70 Year Long Service Member. He was a regular Early Morning Swimmer.

He also represented the Blue and White in the 1950-51 season as Australian Junior R & R Champion. He also represented Australia as a Wallaby (see more below).

We have been advised that the funeral of David Emanuel will be at the Chevra Bondi Junction, commencing at 9am on Wednesday the 23rd February. The burial will follow at Rookwood Cemetery. The Minyan will be at Temple Emanuel Synagogue at 7pm.


Brent Jackson
Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

Photo Credit: Tim Read & Bondi Archives

Biography of David Emanuel.
David Emanuel joined Bondi Surf Club in 1948 and quickly proved himself as a fierce competitor winning Cadet Champion in 1948/49 and 1949/50, and winning the Junior 6 person R&R Australian Championship in 1950/51 as the swimmer. The Team was considered flawless, and proved this by winning the championship event twice – as the event was re-run after a protest was made in relation to another team in the event. David, a gifted athlete, was described as the most promising junior of the season.

David Emanuel represented Australia in Rugby Union. He was the Wallabies’ premier middle rower in the mid-to-late 1950s He was known as an extremely tough, hard working lock / back row forward. Emanuel was an exceptional line-out jumper, had an excellent scrummaging technique and proved more than proficient in the tight. Born in Sydney, Emanuel was educated at Trinity Grammar School before he completed his secondary years at Sydney Grammar School. In his final year at SGS, Emanuel played in the 1st XV and was also selected in the GPS 3rd XV (1951). He was also an excellent all-round athlete and captained the school swimming team to the GPS championship.

After school Emanuel played his rugby with Eastern Suburbs where he came under the guidance of Ted Jessep, a dual Wallaby / All Black international, and in his third year with the club earned his first shot at representative level when selected to debut for New South Wales against Queensland. From there he was chosen for his first Wallaby tour, to New Zealand. Emanuel played six matches but did not make the Test team given the presence of the seasoned lock pairing of Alan Cameron and ‘Slaggy’ Miller. To round out a great year, Emanuel won the ‘Sun-Herald Newspaper Award’ and the Fairfax Cup for being the ‘Best and Fairest’ player in the Sydney competition.

In 1957 Australia played a two Test series at home against New Zealand. The Wallabies lost the opening Test 11-25 and the selectors reacted by making five changes, four in the forwards, in an effort to bolster the pack for Brisbane. One of those changes was Emanuel who was called in to make his Test debut albeit in the unfamiliar No.8 position. He was then chosen for the Fourth Wallabies’ tour to the British Isles, France and North America where he started in all five Tests. Upon his return to Australia, Emanuel played against the Maori but then made himself unavailable for the subsequent tour to New Zealand.

David Emanuel played nine Tests for Australia in a two-year international career.

115 years of saving lives. Ou

115 years of saving lives.

Our club was formed on the 21st February 1907, with one clear and simple mission – “no lives lost” on Bondi Beach.

Since that time, the club has recorded over 27,732 rescues, and trained 3,851 lifesavers to protect lives.

The concerned group of bathers that met to form the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club would be very proud of the movement that has grown from their first small meeting.


The weekend of 9/10 February was ‘ideal for surf bathing’ and the crowd at Bondi calculated as ‘the largest seen there this summer’. By mid-morning hundreds of bathers were in the surf. Shortly before noon the alarm was raised as two youths struggled with the undertow. A number of bathers pursued the two youths, a rescuer donned the lifeline but the boys were soon beyond its reach. The rescuers had no choice but to discard the lifeline. Eventually they reached the boys and battled their way back through the breakers to the beach. As the crowd gathered around the boys and the rescuers were congratulated another boy approached the group and claimed a third swimmer had been swept out. Other bathers, however, denied the claim. It was only later in the afternoon when police found clothing in the dressing sheds for which there was no claimant that the alarm was again raised. A body was not recovered until the afternoon of the next day.

The clothing in the dressing sheds belonged to 16 year old Reginald Bourne of 75 Underwood Street Paddington who had left home by himself early Sunday morning to have a ‘dip’ at Bondi. The body found by police the following day was positively identified by Bourne’s brother. Because he had been bathing by himself no one had been specifically interested in his whereabouts when the first alarm was raised.

The death of Reginald Bourne only added to the weight of public concern regarding the safety of surf bathing on the beaches of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. News of yet another death at Bondi caused a media sensation. Some community leaders were now convinced that the evidence of the past few months amply demonstrated that Bondi was simply unsafe for surf bathing. The editor of the East Sydney Argus called for a campaign to prohibit surf bathing altogether: ‘Seeing that the loss of lives still continues at Bondi, it is about time surf bathing on that beach was put a stop to’. Bondi’s future as a surf bathing resort stood in the balance.

Shortly before 8pm on the evening of Saturday 21 February 1907, a small group of men, old and young, local and non-local, gathered in the smoke filled lounge of the Royal Hotel. While exact numbers for this meeting are not known because the minutes taken have not survived, early attendance figures for subsequent meetings would suggest the number was perhaps no more than 40 with the largest percentage of those gathered, not the young men who would be the backbone of the club, but older gentlemen who were lending their support to the launch of the endeavour. Writing a year after the meeting one member would claim that the Club originally had an active membership of 24. This figure, however, may have been as few as 14 at the beginning.

After some debate, the meeting agreed on five objectives:

a) The study and practice of the methods of lifesaving as taught by the Royal Life Saving Society
b)To minimise the loss of life from drowning by providing efficient lifesaving apparatus
c) To promote demonstrations and arrange classes of instruction so as to bring about a widespread and thorough knowledge of the principles which underlie the art of natation
d) To obtain improved facilities for surf bathing and otherwise promote and encourage the sport
e) To assist in regulating surf bathing

Having decided on officer bearers and its objectives, the only remaining issue for the meeting was to decide the name of this new organisation. With the aim that surf bathers would protect themselves, the meeting resolved that the new organisation would be known as the ‘Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club’. With that the meeting closed. In this humble lounge bar of a Bondi hotel, on a warm evening in February 1907, the oldest surf life saving club in Australia had been born.

Due to a generous Community Wa

Due to a generous Community War Memorials grant from the NSW Department of Veterans Affairs, our much loved and revered WWI and WW2 Honour Boards are being conserved by O’Sullivan Conservation. The metal attachments have been coming loose and require urgent attention. The boards will be vacuumed, metal components will be polished to remove surface corrosion and coated with protective lacquer and firmly refixed to the boards, and the wooden components will be waxed and buffed.

It is expected that the boards will be returned in time for our annual ANZAC day ceremony. We are grateful to Scott Laney (ex-president) for his continued commitment to the military heritage of the BSBLSC in successfully attaining this grant. Our application was strongly supported by Gabrielle Upton MP and Dave Sharma MP, and we greatly appreciate the NSW Department of Veterans Affairs program that enables this project to go ahead.

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Dave Sharma MP Gabrielle Upton MP NSW Office for Veterans Affairs

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