Welcome to the Surf Life Saving Central Coast Newsletter

New Life Members

Huge Congratulations to the newest Life Member of SLSCC - Don Van Keimpema (Donny Van). Don has been a member of Shelly Beach SLSC since 1992 (25 years), during which time he has been actively involved in all levels of the movement. In 2012, Don was awarded SLSA Official of the Year for his commitment towards officiating and mentoring new officials. Don is also the current Director of Surf Sports for SLSNSW, a past President of Shelly Beach SLSC, a past Director of SLSCC and the current Officials Welfare Officer for SLSA. He has also been an active patrolling member and surf sports coach of Shelly Beach SLSC and continues to contribute an endless amount of time towards Surf Life Saving at all levels.
SLSNSW Newest Life Members
SLSNSW has announced two of the SLSCC's finest - Don Van Keimpema from Shelly Beach SLSC and  David Unger from Ocean Beach SLSC have just received Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW - what an incredible and thoroughly deserving honour to these legends of the Central Coast - superb recognition for many years of dedication and commitment.
Congratulations Don and David - we are all so very proud of you both..! 

2017 SLSCC Interbranch Team Announced

Congratulations to the following athletes who's dedication and commitment to training have certainly paid off when they were successful with their nomination for the 2017 SLSCC Interbranch Representative Team who will take on the best in the state at the 2017 SLSNSW Interbranch Championships which will be held at Stockton Beach over the weekend of 9-10 December 2017.
Congratulations also to the Management Team:
- Team Manager - Brett Harrod
- Assistant Manager - Jess Mensforth
- Team Coach - Trevor Gee
- Assistant Coach (Water) - Gordon Jones
- Assistant Coach (Water) - Simon Mowbray
- Assistant Coach (Beach) - Kenn Borgesson
- Assistant Coach (Beach) - Peter Braddish
- Chaperones - Lynn Smith, Shelley Smith , Rachelle King
We wish this team all the very best..!

Streets Surf Boat Series

Saturday 4 November saw the first of seven rounds of the Streets Surf Boat Series hosted by Terrigal SLSC. Now in its 22nd season, the Streets Surf Boat Series is recognised as the leading regional Boat Series in the Country attracting 65 crews from Central Coast and Hunter surf clubs. 
With little assistance on offer from the small surf conditions during Round one at Terrigal, the Central Coast crews dominated our northern Branch rivals taking out seven of the nine divisions. Avoca Beach won five of those divisions including the Open Men, U/19 Men, U19 Women, U/23 Women and Masters Women, while Ocean Beach “WHOO HAA” took out the open women’s surf club and Terrigal’ “Furriers" won the reserve women. 
The Avoca Z Crew, who were last season’s Surf Life Saving Australia Representative Crew stole the show winning the blue ribbon Open Male Division against a strong field of hunter crews and would have been happy to get their oars back in the water after a long off season of training.
The next round of the Series will be held this Sunday 19 November at Swansea Belmont.

For a list of the full results click here or visit the slscc website.

Rookie Disco

Over 100 local U13 and U14 Rookies from the 15 Surf Clubs emerged after dark to get their "Halloween Spook" on at the annual SLSCC Rookie Disco which was proudly hosted once again by the sensational members of North Avoca SLSC on Friday 27 November 2017.
Dressed in some crazy, scary and amazing costumes, a fantastic night was had by all - especially the Facilitation team who couldnt resist the challenge to try and be awarded the "Best Dressed" winners.
Thank you to North Avoca SLSC for hosting this great social event and particularly to our SLSCC Faciltation Team and Gail Rixom for their awesome assistance ensuring the night was a massive success.

Rescue of the Month - Copacabana SLSC

As surf lifesavers you never know when or where your skills could be called upon to save a life, and for September’s Rescue of the Month winners Stuart Sutton and his son Callum from Copacabana SLSC that moment came in the unlikely surrounds of Adcock Park on the NSW Central Coast. On Sunday 10 September 2017 the father-son duo put their CPR knowledge and skills to use when they assisted in the successful resuscitation of a cyclist at the West Gosford venue.
The pair were at venue for a morning athletics training session when shortly before 9am, Stuart looked up to see a cyclist collapse within seconds of starting his ride on the velodrome that encircles the field.
Fortunately, Stuart was standing only 15 metres from the incident and instinct from his years of experience as both a professional fire fighter and as a surf lifesaver kicked in as he raced over to the stricken cyclist to assess the situation.
His first step was to check to see if the cyclist, aged in his 70s, was conscious and breathing. When it became apparent that he wasn’t, and realising the severity of the situation, Stuart directed Callum’s coach James Shannon to call an ambulance.
While this was happening, Callum raced to the family car to retrieve a first aid kit in case it was required and also threw open the venue’s gates to await the arrival of paramedics.
Stuart commenced CPR on the patient and several minutes later the paramedics arrived on scene escorted by Callum. He continued to administer treatment before handing over to the paramedics after approximately ten minutes.
Paramedics continued to work on the man and he was eventually stabilised and transported to hospital for further specialised treatment. While the man was in serious condition when he arrived at the hospital he is slowly recuperating from his ordeal and his health is expected to continue to improve.
Thanks to the rapid and coordinated response from Stuart and Callum it was later established that the cyclist had only been without oxygen for less than a minute before receiving CPR treatment. Both lifesavers were widely praised for their efforts. This incident highlights the importance of knowing the skills that can help save a life. Well done Stuart and Callum !

Rookie of the Month

Congratulations to Hayley Doyle from Ocean Beach SLSC on being announced the SLSCC Rookie of the Month for October…! Ocean Beach SLSC nominated Hayley for her huge efforts and contribution towards the organisation of the Red & Yellow day fundraising day held recently at Niagara Park Public School and as a result, Hayley has won a $50 Westfield Gift Card.
All clubs are encouraged to recognise the efforts of their Rookie lifesavers by nominating them for this fantastic monthly award. Please click on the SLSCC Circular 1371 relating to the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie of the Month recognition award for more information. Nominations are via the Online Registration form and are due the first day of each month.

Board and Ski Series

It’s been fantastic to see the return of the Board and Ski Series this season which has been highly supported by our local open competitors. Dubbed as SLS’s equivalent of 20/20 cricket, so far we’ve had 158 competitors compete across the first two rounds hosted by Terrigal and Avoca Beach. With competitors racing in four rounds of both the Board and ski within two hours, the series provides the perfect development platform for local competitors in a fun and flexible environment.
The final round will be hosted by Umina SLSC on Sunday 7 January, starting at 1pm.
Check out some of the action from the last round by clicking here!

Newcastle Permanent 13-14's Youth Development Program

What a fantastic weekend of weather blessed the 2017 Newcastle Permanent 13-14's Youth Development Program at the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre last weekend, 11-12 November 2017. With 65 U13 and U14 members from the 15 surf clubs participating in a range of fun, educational and challenging activties and workshops focusing on developing their personal and leadership skills. Huge thank you to the SLSCC Facilitation team lead by Member Services Development Manager, Jade Heber, for their time and expertise in ensuring each participant had an amazing experience.
Check out the photos on our Facebook page by clicking here!


National Officials Accreditation Scheme (NOAS)
Officials play an important part in our organisation and are integral to the ongoing delivery of our sport at all levels for all participants. Without officials, our sport just simply would not function for our participants
In 2013, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) undertook an independent review of its’ National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) training programs and all other officiating development activities, and as a result has modernised its National Officiating Development Framework and NOAS Training Programs to deliver best practice education and development opportunities to all SLSA officials.
The new framework (as at September 2017) is taking over what was formally known as the Junior, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses.
Surf Life Saving Central Coast is engaging with SLSNSW and SLSCC members to ensure that the role out of this new scheme has a positive impact on our branch. Please contact Surf Life Saving Central Coast Branch Office if you are interested in completing the Officials Online Course.
Silver Medallion Beach Management Course
Congratulations to the 24 SLSCC Members that attended the recent Silver Medallion Beach Management Course held at Avoca Beach SLSC. It’s great to see so many members interested in this course, becoming a Patrol Captain for your club is a very rewarding achievement.
Upcoming dates to remember:
SLSCC BOE Meeting – @ SLSCCHQ - Monday 20th November 2017
Provide First Aid Course – @ SLSCCHQ - Saturday 20th January 2018
Silver Medallion Beach Management - @ SLSCCHQ - Saturday 10th February 2018
Gold Medallion - @ North Entrance SLSC - Saturday 17th March 2018

Community Education

On Tuesday 31st October 2017, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch announced a $170,000 Water Safety Fund Community Grant to support the Surf Life Saving Central Coast Community Education Program in order to help prevent drowning incidents along our coastline. 
The Central Coast has some of the busiest beaches in NSW, and this funding will help increase water safety skills for thousands living and visiting this beautiful part of the world,” Mr Crouch said.
“This surf education initiative will target beachgoers and recreational swimmers, increasing the knowledge and awareness of water safety hazards and risks. We want to see a decrease in risk-taking behavior and smarter choices around the water".
Surf Life Saving Central Coast are extremely thankful of the NSW Government for recognising how important these educational programs are to reduce the currently high drowning rates in NSW. The funding will enable SLSCC to educate over 70,000 Central Coast residents in vital surf safety and rescue skills that they will maintain for life.

SLSCC + SeaFM Charity Golf Day

What an absolute cracker of a day for the annual SLSCC and SeaFM Charity Golf Day whcih was held at the stunning Shelly Beach Golf Club on Friday 3rd November 2017.
For the first time in the events history, we were at complete capacity with team numbers and even had a waiting list of super keen players wanting to be a part of this sensational fun day - guarantee these people will be ensuring they get their entries in super early next year!
Congratulations to the winners from the day:
- 1st Place - Umina B Team
- 2nd Place - North Constructions Team
- 3rd Place - FarKings Team
- Longest Drive A Grade - Lee Papps - Umina A Team
- Longest Drive B Grade - Nathan Annen - Dude Where's My Par..? Team
- Longest Drive Female - Cathy Stoltz - Shelly Team
- Nearest to Pin - Liam Walker - Little Miracles
- Nearest to Pin (2 Player) - Wayne Murray + Clint Donaldson
- Best Dressed Team - Copa Eagle Eyes - Jungle Gems Girls Team.!
Make sure you check out all the photos on our Facebook Page..!

Upcoming Courses

SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                    9 December 2017
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   19 January 2018
SLSCC Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                      20 January 2018
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                    3 February 2018
SM Basic Beach Management @ SLSCCHQ            10 February 2018
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   21 February 2018
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   9 March 2018
Gold Medallion @ North Entrance SLSC                    17 March 2018
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   29 March 2018
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   7 April 2018
SM Aquatic Rescue @ Soldiers Beach                       7-8 April 2018

Upcoming Events

18 November 2017          R1 Newcastle Perm Junior Ironperson Series @ Wamberal
19 November 2017          R2 Streets Surf Boats @ Swansea Belmont
25 November 2017          Toowoon Bay Ocean Swim @ Toowoon Bay
25-26 November 17         15-17's Program #2 @ Myuna Bay Sport & Rec
2 December 2017            GAP Youth Program @ Terrigal
9-10 December 2017      SLSNSW Interbranch Championships @ Stockton
9-10 December 2017      R 3 + 4 Streets Surf Boats @ Tea Gardens
16 December 2017         15-17's Youth Leadership Program @ Aquasplash

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Education - with clubs                        27 November 2017
Board of Member Services - with clubs          28 November 2017
Board of Surf Sports - with clubs                     29 November 2017
Board of Lifesaving - with clubs                       30 November 2017
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