SLSCC Branch Championships

The SLSCC Branch Championships for the 2017-18 season have been run and won over the past few weekends with some outstanding achievements and results.
Thank you to the various host clubs and their repective members for the huge effort that goes into running these great events for the SLSCC competitors. Also to the Officials and Water Safety personnel, your dedication and commitment does not go unoticed and is greatly appreciated by our members - Thank you!
For a list of all results, please click on the respective event below:
~ Junior Branch Championships @ Shelly Beach (relocated to Toowoon Bay)
~ Masters Branch Championships @ Toowoon Bay
~ Open Branch Championships @ MacMasters Beach
~ Surf Boat Branch Championships @ MacMasters Beach
~ First Aid Competition @ The Entrance
~ Champion Lifesaver @ Soldiers Beach
Good luck to everyone at the upcoming SLSNSW State Championships at Swansea Belmont.
2018 SLSCC Branch Champion Lifesaver competitors @ Soldiers Beach

Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesavers of the Year

Surf Life Saving Central Coast is extremely proud of the quality and dedication shown by each and every one of this years Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year nominees who displayed incredible knowledge and skills during the selection process which involved a theory test, signals test, a scenario and a panel interview which was conducted by independent SLSCC assessors/personnel and Newcastle Permanent staff.
Despite the extreme closness in the final pointscore tally, there could only be two winners...
Congratulations to Jade Crook from Shelly Beach SLSC and Oscar Crowe from MacMasters Beach SLSC - the 2017-18 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year winners..!
Jade and Oscar will now proceed to the SLSNSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year camp which will be held at the Collaroy Centre, Sydney in April - we wish them all the very best!
2018 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesavers of the Year winners
Oscar Crowe (MacMasters Beach) and Jade Crook (Shelly Beach)

Australia Day Awards

Central Coast Council recognises the achievements of individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community through the Australia Day Awards and this year saw a number of SLSCC members recognised for their amazing efforts and contributions to the community.
Congratulations to these very deserving members...
~ Kate Broadhurst - Avoca - Citizen of the Year - Winner
~ Paul Johnson - North Avoca - Community Volunteer of the Year - Winner
~ Kai Darwin - Umina - Youth of the Year - Highly Commended
~ Colin Laing - North Entrance Community Volunteer of the Year - Highly Commended
~ Jemma Smith - Umina - Sportsperson of the Year - Highly Commended
Fantastic recognition for some very outstanding members!
Central Coast Council Mayor Jane Smith with Kate Broadhurst from Avoca SLSC
"Citizen of the Year"  winner!

Lifesaving - Recent Rescues

3rd December 2017 - Umina Beach Sunday afternoon approx. 5:30pm. Our IRB crew was gearing up for a training session whilst our other lifesavers were packing up the clubs gear from either patrol or the Nipper carnival held at Terrigal the same day. A member of the public was shouting to one of our IRB crew at the waters edge to alert him to an elderly gentleman who had just been pulled from the water by his son in law who had found him laying face down in the water. Our IRB captain swiftly ran over and as his lifesaving skills came in to action, he quickly called for assistance where a master competitor who had just finished training and another IRB race member who had grabbed the first aid kit, defib and radio from the club house. Other clubbies attended to the scene to assist. The first respondent put the gentleman into the recovery position where he was monitored constantly with assistance from other clubbies. An early call to 000 saw the paramedics arrive in around 10mins where a hand over was completed and the professionals rushed the gentleman to ICU.
The prompt and professional action from our club members ensured that the gentleman was given the best chance of making a full recovery.

STREETS SURF BOAT SERIES - Tea Gardens/Hawksnest
Saturday 9th December 2017 - Patient, 45 year old Anthony Duggan from The Entrance SLSC, had just finished his second boat race in the Masters division of the Streets Surf Boat Series and was talking with his fellow crew members on the beach when he collapsed suffering an apparent seizure. Glen Cole (Ocean Beach), Warren Evrard and Chris Milne (The Entrance) noticed this and straight away attended to Anthony treating him appropriately for a seizure. At this time Glen then noticed Anthony was not breathing and had no pulse so immediately commenced CPR. CPR was continued three times as they tried to revive Anthony and then the DeFib from Tea Gardens/ Hawkesnest SLSC Patrol arrived and activity was commenced. Anthony was shocked by the DeFib. He stalled. Then CPR again and Anthony recovered. At this time the paramedics arrived and assessed Anthony and his recovery. All the time a number of members offered to relieve Glen on CPR, including Paul Quick (Terrigal), Shane Walker (Soldiers Beach) and Trina Hellicar (TGHN) however Glen remained calm and efficient in his delivery the whole time. A number of other members assisted with keeping a tarp above all this providing shade and then assisted to carry Anthony on a spinal board up to the club to the ambulance. The paramedics passed on high praise for the members CPR and the degree of professional first aid provided by the members.
Anthony was truly brought back from death and this was the ultimate rescue that lifesavers are trained for.
Sensational success stories from our very skilled Lifesavers - awesome job everyone!
Clubs and members are strongly encouraged to nominate individuals and/or teams involved in any outstanding rescues conducted during or outside of patrol hours, year round, on or off the beach by completing the Rescue of the Month Nomination Form and submitting to the Branch Office.

RWC Launch

For the past five years the Central Coast Leagues Club have been the naming rights partner of the SLSCC Lifesaving Support Operations Team. On Sunday 21 January 2018, SLSCC recognised their incredible support by holding an official media launch at the Killcare Junior Carnival where a new Rescue Water Craft (RWC), funded through the Clubsgrants program, was christened. This new RWC will further increase Surf Life Saving’s ability to protect  the bathing public at Central Coast beaches by supporting surf club patrols in major rescue incidents, providing roving patrols to locations away from the traditional flagged areas and responding to after hours and out of season emergency response incidents when tasked by the NSW Police.
SLSCC now have seven RWC’s located strategically along the Central Coast coastline, five of which have been donated to us by the Central Coast Leagues Club in recent years. In addition to the 1,115 lives saved by our patrolling lifesavers our rescue water craft operators performed 1,087 volunteer patrol hours, rescued a further 240 people in difficulty and prevented a further 1,517 people from danger last season.
On behalf of all at SLSCC, thank you to the Central Coast Leagues Club for your continued support.

Rookie of the Month - December 2017

Congratulations to Sophia Cooper from North Entrance SLSC on being announced the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie of the Month for December 2017…!
North Entrance SLSC nominated Sophia for acting way above and beyond the normal Rookie requirements. Sophia has been invaluable on her Patrols, assisting young nippers in SurfEd and with the Disabled Surfers along with helping develop the Youth Group within her Club, assisting with Admin tasks eg: notice board, event calendar, news and your help with organising the Club Xmas party.
Sophia has won a $50 Westfield Voucher.

Rookie of the Month - January 2018

Congratulations to Bethwyn Caller from Umina SLSC on being announced the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie of the Month for January 2018…!
Umina SLSC nominated Bethwyn for being a very valued Rookie participating in all Rookie events. Bethwyn is always happy and smiling around the surfclub, willing to help wherever she can and is certainly a great role model to the younger members.
Bethwyn has also won a $50 Westfield Voucher.

Congratulations and thank you Sophia and Bethwyn for being such great assets to your respective clubs and to SLSCC.... Great effort

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.

A very excited Sophia Cooper from North Entrance SLSC
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie of the Month winner..!

Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop

The 2018 SLSNSW Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop provides a wonderful opportunity for our local clubs to recognise their youth members aged 15-17 years who have the potential to further develop their skills by working with like minded youth from across the State for the further development of themselves as individuals along with enhancing their respective clubs and Branches. The workshop will be held at the Collaroy Centre, Sydney from 16 - 19 April 2018.
During the camp, participants will experience a range of fun learning experiences with an emphasis on teamwork, develop an understanding and awareness of current issues, pathways and opportunities within Surf Life Saving, develop confidence and self esteem along with communication and goal setting skills all in a safe and supportive environment.
Congratualtions to this years successful SLSCC members:
~ Lachlan Smith - North Entrance SLSC
~ Jasmine Rybie - Ocean Beach SLSC
~ Cerys Cousins - MacMasters Beach SLSC
~ Mackenzie Squires - Ocean Beach SLSC 
~ Jade Heber - Ocean Beach
~ Matt Calbert - Ocean Beach
~ Maddison McLeod - Umina
~ Jordan Smith - Ocean Beach
We wish these members all the very best and hope they enjoy this fantastic development opportunity.

Rookie Challenge

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation was once again proud sponsor of the 2018 Rookie Lifesaver Challenge which was held at Terrigal Beach on Saturday 13th January 2018. Despite numbers being a little low this year, this fantastic fun event gave our Rookies an awesome opportunity to display their skills in a number of lifesaving focussed challenges reflecting actual lifesaving events set over a short course, testing our Rookies skills and knowledge. Huge thank you to our Officials and Terrigal SLSC for their wonderful assistance in running this great event.
Congratulations to the eventual winners Shelly Beach who were closely followed by host club Terrigal and Avoca Beach taking out third place. Be sure to check out the 2018 NPCF Rookie Lifesaver Challenge video on our Facebook Page..!

''BEACCHES'' Program

Year 4 and year 5 Central Coast future doctors (CCMS), studying medicine through the University of Newcastle on the Central Coast, recently hit the beach to learn more about the response to medical emergencies on the coast or remote locations. The Beginning Education At Central Coast Hospitals (BEACCHES) program is an initiative designed to introduce the students to both the Central Coast region and the clinical environment.
The (CCMS) went to Ocean Beach and took part in mock emergency scenarios, learning surf survival skills from the SLSCC Community Education Team, and getting up close with spiders and snakes brought in by The Australian Reptile Park.
SLSCC Community Education instructors firstly presented a beach safety talk to the students before the students then hit the beach where they were shown how to do tube rescues, ride body boards, rescue boards and to stay safe whilst still having fun on the beach.
A team of Ocean Beach Surf Life Savers gave tips on emergency response with a student mental health forum and BBQ finishing off the day.
What a welcome to the Central Coast!
2018 SLSCC Election Meeting
The 2018-2019 Election Meeting of Surf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC) will be held on Thursday 12th April 2018 at the Branch Office commencing at 6.15pm therefore we are now calling for nominations for Office.
These important voluntary positions are vital for the successful running of the Branch so consequently, SLSCC are calling on all members who share a passion for Surf Life Saving and feel they can bring value along with fresh and progressive ideas within any of these portfolio areas to consider being a part of the SLSCC team by nominating for these roles.
This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a higher level of our organisation and no doubt there are many talented and experienced individuals within our membership who have the right skills to help us shape the future.
For more information please refer to the 2018 Election Meeting Circular which includes the Nomination Form and Position Descriptions. Members who are interested in nominating for a position are asked to complete and submit the nomination form by the closing date of 15th March 2018.
Exclusively for our SLSCC 15-17 year old members, this is a perfect opportunity for our young lifesavers to get together in a safe and fully supervised environment for an evening of fun, food and socialising. Thanks Killcare SLSC for hosting this great event. Please ensure you RSVP by 24th February 2018..!
2018 SLSCC Election Meeting
The 2018 Surf Life Saving Central Coast Awards of Excellence will be held at Mingara Recreation Club on Saturday 9th June 2018.
This fantastic event provides our clubs with a wonderful opportunity to publically recognise their members efforts and achievements whilst also providing the perfect occasion to bring everyone together in a fun, rewarding and social atmosphere as we celebrate and reflect on the 2017-18 season.
We have so many great volunteers out there in clubbie land so please nominate them and acknowledge their efforts.
All clubs are strongly urged to ensure they nominate a member for each of the categories on offer and please remember…. This is all about RECOGNITION…..not necessarily about winning!
Further information regarding invitations and ticket prices etc will be forwarded out to clubs in the near future but please save the date in your diaries now – last year was a complete sell out…!
For the full list of awards available for nomination, please refer to the 2018 SLSCC Awards of Excellence Circular.

NEW.....Active Kids Rebate

Surf Life Saving is excited to announce the implementation of the NSW Government new initiative - The Active Kids Rebate, aimed at helping kids get active, has now been rolled out.
From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school. These vouchers may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities and can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.
SLSCC are pleased to advise that our Central Coast Surf Clubs are currently developing new Nipper membership packages for next season specifically designed for parents/carers to take advantage of this great new initiative so please contact your local club for more details on how you can use your voucher/s for Nippers next season.
For further information on the NSW Government Active Kids Rebate please click here.

Upcoming Courses

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

24-25 Feb 2018               SLSNSW Lifesaving Champs @ Swansea Belmont
2-4 March 2018               SLSNSW Age Champs @ Swansea Belmont
7-8 March 2018               SLSNSW Masters Champs @ Swansea Belmont
9-11 March 2018             SLSNSW Open Champs @ Swansea Belmont
17 March 2018               15-17's Youth Leadership Program #4 Social @ Killcare
18 March 2018                R7 + Final Streets Surf Boat Series @ Soldiers Beach
25 March 2018                U14 - Open Surf Carnival @ Umina
14-22 April 2018              2018 Aussies Champs @ Perth, Western Australia

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Education - with clubs                       26 February 2018
Board of Surf Sports - Board only                    28 February 2018
Board of Directors                                            13 March 2018
Presidents Tea                                                 15 March 2018
Board of Lifesaving - with clubs                       29 March 2018
Board of Member Services - with clubs           24 April 2018
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