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The 2017-2018 Surf Patrolling season has certainly kicked off in grand style with beautiful sunshine. Our wonderful red and yellow army of volunteers were excited to hoist the flags once again to signal the start of the patrolling season. The official launch of the season was held at Shelly Beach with the Raising of the Flags - an annual, traditional and very colourful event where over 100 Rookies from the 15 Surf Clubs converged along with various dignitaries to signify the red & yellow flags going up for the 2017-18 Patrol season which runs from now until April 2018.
The weekend saw large numbers of beach goers seeking relief from the unusally early warm weather sparking a timely reminder to always swim between the red and yellow flags.

New SLSCC Video - Cap in Hand

Check out our latest video - Cap in Hand - featuring three local lifesavers experiences in saving a life on Central Coast beaches last season. Our everyday heroes often go unnoticed due to the modest nature of our lifesavers who think it’s normal to risk their own lives, often in heroic circumstances, to rescue someone in need.  By sharing these members’ experiences we hope to inspire more people to join a surf club and learn how to save a life.
Help your local surf club out by sharing this link on your facebook page to encourage more people to join your local surf club.

Rescue of the Month - Shelly Beach SLSC

The efforts of two Shelly Beach surf lifesavers to go to the aid of a stranded stand up paddle boarder on the state’s Central Coast has been recognised with the Surf Life Saving NSW Rescue of the Month Award for July/August.
It was fortunate for the paddle boarder that Stephen Shearer and Paul Dowdell arrived at the club early on Saturday 23 July to begin preparing Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) for a crew training course. In the bright early sunshine the two men were keeping an eye on the conditions which were developing into a solid 2-3 metre swell, and knowing that a hazardous surf warning was in place, they discussed their plans to do some inshore training runs. “We were out and about early and had just finished preparing the IRB for a training course we were running,” said Paul Dowdell. “A lot of club members like to hang around in the café getting breakfast, and one of them alerted us that a paddle boarder had come of his board. Within minutes the IRB was ready to go thanks to the assistance of Brad Glover and Ben Dugan. I grabbed Stephen who was the most experienced driver present, and another driver as crew man and we raced to the scene.”
With the lifesavers safely aboard the IRB it became an exercise in patience as they negotiated the large set waves and located the now tiring surfer, who was edging closer to the surf zone approximately 100 metres offshore.
Stephen was able to grab hold of the man while Paul continued to move the IRB safely beyond the break so the surfer could be retrieved into the craft. Though he was fatigued from the exertion of his unplanned swim, the paddle boarder was otherwise okay and expressed his gratitude to his rescuers.
“It wasn’t ideal conditions for a duck, and it’s certainly one of the most challenging rescues I’ve been involved in,” Paul Dowdell later recounted. The modest surf lifesaver was keen to play down his efforts in the successful rescue, but did concede earning state recognition was a reason to celebrate for the small club. “It’s an honour to receive this recognition as it is a big deal for the club. We are very proud of our members and the quality of lifesavers we consistently produce, and it’s a reward for all the training that everyone at the club does. At the end of the day, I am just glad we were in the right place at right time and able to do our part to perform this rescue,” he concluded. The SLSNSW Rescue of the Month is a prestigious award that recognises excellence in Surf Life Saving.  Once again, congratulations Shelly Beach and keep up the great work..!

SLSA Meritorious Award

Congratulations Jennifer Webb from Killcare SLSC..!
Jen, who started with Killcare as an U/6 Nipper, will be awarded a Meritorious Award at the upcoming Surf Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence on November 4. Jen's award is for an incident on Easter Monday this year where a non-swimmer was caught in a flash rip and dragged some 80 metres out. Were it not for Jen jumping into that same rip to get to him quicker, he would certainly have drowned.
Killcare couldn't be prouder to have you on the beach Jen, and she'd be the first to say - please swim between the flags.
Thousands of lives are saved by Surf Lifesavers each year as part of normal operations. Now and then however, an incident will occur that will present an exceptional challenge to a surf lifesaver and require an equally exceptional response. These are granted Meritorious Awards and only about 10 are given nationally every year, across 3 categories.Jen won't find out the category she has been awarded until the night. Once again congratualtions Jen and good luck at the SLSA Awards of Excellence.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation continue to support Youth Development

SLSCC is greatful of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for continuing their support of the SLSCC Rookie Lifesaver Program and 15-17 Youth Leadership programs. For the third year in a row, they have provided a grant to cover the expenses of these programs including the Rookie Lifesaver Uniforms for the 15 Central Coast surf clubs. As well as identifying qualities that develop these young members into capable lifesavers, these programs greatly assist with the participants personal development, preparing them as future leaders within Surf Life Saving and the local community. 
The partnership with the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation was celebrated at the launch of the Rookie Lifesaver Program which was held in conjunction with the 2017 Raising of the Flags at Shelly Beach SLSC.

Club Quality Program

The 2017/18 Quality Club Program registrations are now open.
Surf Life Saving NSW is dedicated to best practice operations and compliancy both on and off the beach. There are three levels in the program which clubs can become accredited in - Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Bronze status
  • Ensures that clubs are fulfilling the requirements under the Fair Trading NSW, the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, SLSNSW, SLSA and the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission
  • Provides increased credibility with local council, the public and government bodies
  • Creates an environment where quality is highly valued and acknowledged as the norm within the club
  • Provides quick and easy reference and identification of best practice operations in financial management administration, members services, lifesaving operations and club management
Each season clubs can complete all items within the Bronze level, including the compliance components from SLSNSW and relevant Government bodies.
Silver and Gold status
  • Provides direction and a pathway forward to gain recognition and ensure the future viability of the club
  • Provides the resources to enable clubs to achieve and conduct events and programs to enhance the experience to their members
  • Encourages the implementation of programs that will encourage the retention of existing members and increase of membership overall
Silver status is the intermediate level and focuses on the business and operational components of Surf Life Saving and club operations and management.
Gold status is the most advanced level and focuses on the high level continual improvement of Surf Life Saving Clubs. This level requires clubs to develop and use a future plan. Upon successful completion of the Bronze and then Silver levels, the club can apply for Gold status.
Should you feel you would be interested in registering your Club, please follow the instructions on the SLSNSW Website or contact me directly at the office.
SLSCC would like to once again, ackowledge and congratulate the following club executives (pictured below) who were presented with their polo shirts by Paul Bolton - Director Fortunity Chartered Accountants and Financial Advisors for achieving their respective Quality Club status for the 2016-17 season:
Bronze Level Soldiers Beach SLSC, North Entrance SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, Avoca Beach SLSC and Terrigal SLSC.
Gold Level -  Shelly Beach SLSC

Board and Ski Series

The Board and Ski Series is back on Central Coast Beaches for the 2017-18 season for under 14- Masters competitors. Whether you’re an elite athlete or novice competitor you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic experience at each round with short, sharp, round robin races and all wrapped up in approximately three hours.
Series dates and locations:
  • Round 1 – Saturday 21st October 2017 @ Terrigal
  • Round 2 – Sunday 12th November 2017 @ Avoca Beach
  • Round 3 – Sunday 7th January 2018 @ Umina
 The series is FREE TO ENTER with great lucky door prizes on offer including a Kracka Racing Mal up for grabs for those who compete in all three rounds. However all competitors must enter prior to the series start by completing the online entry form which is available on the slscc website.

Surf Sports update

Another big and exciting surf sports season was kicked off with the traditional SLSCC Pool Rescue Championships at Mingara on 22 September. It was great to see so many smiles on faces in the true spirit of this event. While the event is primarily about participation and team camaraderie rather than winning, recognition must go to Umina, Avoca Beach and Shelly Beach for taking out the top three places respectively. 
Looking ahead at the events to come, it's fantastic to see the Board and Ski Series back on the calendar along with the long-time successful Newcastle Permanent Junior Ironperson Series and Streets Surf Boat Series which, judging by the entries received to date is looking like it will be the largest series in almost a decade with a number of local surf clubs entering crews for the first time in many years. 
SLSCC is currently calling for nominations from U12 - Open Competitors for the 2017 SLSCC Representative Team to compete in the 2017 SLSNSW Interbranch Championships which will be held at Stockton Beach on 9 - 10 December 2017.
To download a copy of the Interbranch Team Nomination Circular, please click here or complete the online competitor nomination form here.
To download a copy of the 2017/18 SLSCC Surf Sports calendar please click here.


Notice is hereby given that the Seventy Ninth (79th) Annual General Meeting of Surf Life Saving Central Coast Incorporated will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 12th October 2017 at North Avoca Surf Life Saving Club.
1.       Apologies
2.       Proxies
3.       Adoption of the minutes of the 78th Annual General Meeting
4.       Business arising out of such minutes
5.       Receive and consider the Annual Report and Audited Financial situation of Surf Life Saving Central Coast Inc. for 2016-2017
6.       Notices of Motion
          6.1     Consideration of new Life Members
7.       Urgent General Business


The SLSCC team have been busy over the winter preparing and planning for the season ahead, with the 2017-2018 Course Calendar underway registrations for members to attend our courses have been very positive.
The Assessor Course held in August saw 16 members become probationary Assessors for SLSCC, thank you to our Facilitator Rick Walker.
The Silver Medallion Beach Management Course held in September was also a very successful course with a total of 21 members attending with an overflow course being held this week to accommodate another 6 members. Thank you to Garry Clarke for facilitating this course.
The SLSCC IRB Competitive Team assisted with training and assessing an IRB Crew and IRB Driver course, participants have attended the initial theory portion of the course and all are now gaining experience and hours in the boat back at their clubs under the guidance of club training officers. Thank you to Bruce Gould, Greg Diamond and the team for assisting the branch with lifting IRB awards across the Central Coast.
The SLSCC Annual Education Field Day was held at Soldiers Beach SLSC Saturday 26th August. Over 70 Trainers, Assessors and Facilitators were in attendance, the day was spent up skilling and updating our knowledge on all things education in Surf Life Saving whilst Judy Spicer of SLSNSW kept things fun with a quiz to test us all. The day was a great success with loads of positive feedback. Special thank you to Ross Blowers and Suz Gerrish for assisting with our First Aid upgrades, Rick Walker for our ART(AID) proficiencies and a very special mention to Jacqui Godier and the team at Soldiers Beach SLSC the venue and hospitality was fabulous. Thank you also to Judy Spicer and Natalie from SLSNSW.
SLSCC Courses to watch out for over the next few months:
  • Gold Medallion @ Copacabana SLSC 4th November 2017
  • Provide First Aid @ SLSCC 20th January 2018
  • Silver Medallion Beach Management @ SLSCC 10th February 2018

Community Education

At the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, we were named Community Education Program of the Year for the second year in a row.
A massive thankyou to all the SLSCC Community Education Instructors for all your hard work.
We have visited over 50 central coast primary schools in the off season teaching their students valuable beach safety lessons.
2017/18 season for Surf Fun Days is going to be another big one. Term 4 is booked solid, an estimated amount of 3,800 students to be seen on the beach.
We will be going into three high schools this season to teach their students the Surf Survival certificate.
A few new faces will join our dedicated team of educators this season. We welcome you to our award winning program. 
Julie-Ann Fillingham - Community Educaiton Coordinator -

Upcoming Courses

SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   14 October 2017
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   25 October 2017
Gold Medallion @ Copacabana SLSC                       4 November 2017
SLSNSW Provide First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                   11 November 2017
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

13 October 2017                     SLSCC Youth Facilitator Worksshop @ SLSCCHQ
15 October 2017                     Surf Club Open Day
20 October 2017                     15-17's Program #1
21 Ocotber 2017                     R1 Board and Ski Series @ Terrigal
22 October 2017                     SLSCC Branch Patrol Comp @ Copacabana
27 October 2017                     Rookie Disco @ North Avoca SLSC
28 October 2017                     Masters Carnival @ Toowoon Bay
28 October 2017                     U12 - Open Beach Only Carnival @ Toowoon Bay
3 November 2017                   SLSCC + SeaFM Charity Golf Day @ Shelly Beach
4 November 2017                   R1 Streets Surf Boat Series @ Terrigal
4 November 2017                   SLSA Awards of Excellence @ Sydney
5 November 2017                   Junior Carnival @ Umina
11 November 2017                 Nutty Masters @ Wamberal
11 November 2017                 Kracka Irionperson
11-12 November 2017            13-14's Youth Development Camp
12 November 2017                 R2 Board and Ski Series @ Avoca

Upcoming Meetings

Directors Meeting                                             10 October 2017
AGM + Branch Council                                     12 October 2017
Board of Surf Sports - Board Only                    25 October 2017
Directors Meeting                                             14 November 2017
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

SLSCC + SeaFM Charity Golf Day

It’s time to get yourself and your team organised for the ever exciting annual SLSCC + SeaFM Charity Golf Day..! The very stunning and picturesque Shelly Beach Golf Club will once again play host to this fantastic day on Friday 3rd November 2017.
Please spread the word and gather your troops for a guaranteed fun and exciting day full of laughs, networking and awesome prizes – not to mention the on course beverages to quench the thirst you’ll certainly have whilst negotiating your way through the various course challenges and hole prizes..! 🍸
Breakfast, lunch, player packs and on course drinks included in the entry fee of $300 a team or $75 per head.
To register yourself or your team, please complete the Online Registration Form here!
For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mel Ives - or Chris Parker at the SLSCC Branch Office on 4353 0299.
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