Surf Life Saving Central Coast would like take this opportunity to thank our fifteen surf clubs and fantastic army of red and yellow wearing volunteers for your dedication and efforts in keeping our local beaches safe. As we approach the busy Christmas Holiday season and our peak period for holiday makers visiting our beautiful beaches, it is a timely reminder for members to remain vigilant as we strive for ZERO drowings at Patrolled Locations - Lets all work together to ensure our visitors enjoy their time at our beaches and also get to go home to their families!
Merry Christmas to all and please remember to ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE RED & YELLOW FLAGS - if we can't see you..... we can't save you...!
Happy New Year everyone..! 

SLSCC Office Closure dates

Have you requalled yet ..?

If your answer is nope not yet - well guess what..... it's time to pull your finger out and get it done NOW...!
A reminder all members must have completed their annual proficiency BEFORE Sunday 31st December 2017 so if you're still yet to complete this, you definitely need to get this done urgently - contact your Club Captain or Patrol Captain to make sure this is all finalised and updated in Surfguard BEFORE the 31st December 2017..!

Santa is on his way...!

T'was three nights before Christmas and right across the Coast
Santa and his helpers visited our nippers and watched them all boast
Now he's been checking his list and checking it twice
To ensure that when he comes on Christmas day, that you've all been kind and nice!

What a super busy time Santa has had visiting all our Surf Clubs over the past few weeks - he has arrived in Utes, ATV's, IRB's, Jetskis and Fire Trucks...!
Here are a few photos but check out our Facebook page for more photos of Santa at our Clubs...

Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year

Surf Life Saving Central Coast is seeking nominations for the 2017-2018 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year award. The award is an ideal opportunity for Clubs to recognise their Under 14 member’s achievements in Surf Life Saving and the contributions they have made to Surf Life Saving at all levels and in the community.
All U14 members who have completed their SRC, are financial and proficient are eligible for the Junior Lifesaver of the Year award and if they believe they could be the next Junior Lifesaver of the Year, should definitely apply through their club with all clubs encouraged select preferably one female and one male nominee. The male and female Branch winners will then progress to the SLSNSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year Development Camp as per the SLSNSW Circular 3472: 2017/18 Junior Lifesaver of the Year.
The Nomination Process
Clubs are invited to submit one female and one male nominee for the 2017-2018 SLSCC Junior Lifesaver of the Year award. All nominations are to be endorsed by clubs and returned to SLSCC by Friday 5th January 2018 (late nominations will not be accepted).
The Interview Process
The interview process is divided up into a theory test, signals, a scenario and an interview which will be conducted by independent SLSCC assessors/personnel and Newcastle Permanent staff. The Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year winners will be announced at the SLSCC Junior Branch Championships – Sunday 4th February 2018 @ Shelly Beach.
We strongly encourage all clubs to ensure they nominate their U14 junior members for this great acknowledgement of their efforts.
For more information - please click here for the Circular and Nomination Form

SLSNSW State Rep Team Announced

After recently returning from very successful Australian campaigns overseas, two local coasties Jemma Smith and Rachel Wood from Umina SLSC have just been named in the 2018 SLSNSW Interstate Representative Team who will travel to South Australia next month to compete at the 2018 Interstate Championships on 20 January. This year’s team is a blend of highly experienced competitors and those fast emerging as some of the best new talent in surf sport. The depth of talent in this squad is impressive with selectors confident they have chosen a team with the quality to sieze back the trophy from Queensland. The Interstate Championships are a highlight of the surf sport representative season with state pride going on the line. Congratulations to both Jemma and Rachel and we wish them all the best. For more information on the full team click here! 

Freemasons Partnership Continues

Thank you to the Freemasons on the Central Coast for continuing their support towards our member’s welfare. For the fifth (5th) consecutive season, the Freemasons have partnered with Surf Life Saving Central Coast in providing members from nippers to masters with fluro pink competition safety vests at largely subsidised rates, enhancing their safety in competition.
SLSCC are proud of our partnership with the Freemasons and grateful for the difference they make to SLSCC through their support and association.

Rookie of the Month

Congratulations to Zara Smithers from Ocean Beach SLSC on being announced the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie of the Month for November 2017…!
Ocean Beach SLSC nominated Zara for her for her awesome commitment to her Patrols and training along with her dedication and assistance she has provided with the “Seagulls” Nipper Inclusion Program and as a result, Zara has won a $50 Westfield Gift Card - just in time for the holidays!
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.

Rookie Challenge

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2018 Rookie Lifesaver Challenge which will be held at Terrigal Beach on Saturday 13th January 2018.This fantastic fun event is lifesaving focussed with various challenges reflecting actual lifesaving events set over a short course, testing our Rookies skills and knowledge. All clubs are strongly encouraged to put a team together with composite teams definitely encouraged for the smaller clubs. Action kicks off at 10.00am with the presentation to be held upstairs in the Terrigal SLSC following the event. Entries close on Monday 8th January 2018.
For more information - click here for the Rookie Challenge Circular

Streets RIP Awareness Demonstrations

Beachgoers will again be given a valuable lesson in surf safety this holidays when surf lifesavers release fluoro dye into the surf to highlight rip current movements as part of eight (8) Rip Awareness Demonstration Events.  
Rips are the major cause of drowning at Australian beaches, yet most beach goers are unaware of the dangers of rips, how to spot them or what to do if they’re caught in one. 
Improving the communities surf awareness, including rips is part of SLSCC’s strategy to combat the increasing drowning rates experienced on NSW beaches last summer. In addition to the dye release, onlookers will be provided with live patent demonstrations on how to swim parallel to escape a rip as well as how to stay calm to survive a rip while local rip experts will provide commentary over the PA system. Over fifteen thousand safety brochures will also be disseminated as part of this program. 
This season Streets Rip Awareness Demonstrations will be held over the peak period at MacMasters, Copacabana, Avoca, North Avoca, Terrigal, Wamberal, The Entrance and Soldiers Beach. 

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 1.00pm.
Check out some of the action from the last round by clicking here!

Streets Summer Surf Schools

Surf Life Saving Central Coast will be commencing the extremely popular Streets Summer Surf Fun Days again in January 2018 across Central Coast beaches.
The program is a fantastic introduction to beach activities for children aged between 8-14 years, covering surf awareness, surf skills, basic rescue techniques, sun safety, the use of body boards and nipper boards along with various other fun beach activities.
The Dates and venues for the 2018 Streets Summer Surf Fun Days are;

  • Tuesday 16th January 2018 @ Toowoon Bay
  • Wednesday 17th January 2018 @ Umina
  • Thursday 18th January 2018 @ Toowoon Bay
  • Monday 22nd January 2018 @ Toowoon Bay
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018 @ Umina
  • Wednesday 24th January 2018 @ Umina

The Streets Summer Surf Fun Day aims to provide participants with a fun and enjoyable experience at the beach, but at the same time educate children in surf awareness, basic rescue techniques and surf skills that could save a life one day.

Upcoming Courses

SM Advanced First Aid @ SLSCCHQ                        13 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

26 December 2017          Terrigal Twilight Carnival @ Terrigal 
6 January 2018                Gardner Ironperson @ Wamberal
7 January 2018                Board + Ski Series final round @ Umina
13 January 2018              Masters Carnival @ Soldiers Beach
13 January 2018              Rookie Lifesaver Challenge @ Terrigal
14 January 2018              U8-U15 Junior Carnival @ Killcare
19 Janaury 2018              Junior Lifesaver of the Year Interviews @ SLSCCHQ
19 January 2018              First Aid Competition Carnival @ Umina
20 January 2018              Newcastle Perm Junior Ironperson R2 @ Soldiers Beach
21 January 2018              Streets Surf Boats R5 @ Umina
26 January 2018              Ducks for Bucks @ The Entrance

Upcoming Meetings

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