Some of our brand new members on the weekend for their first Nipper's session
Well another group of SRC done for this season and a few water safety to replenish the age groups in Juniors. Thanks to Jacqui and Garry (with help from Lawson, Shannon and Matt) an SRC course successfully completed their assessment on Saturday. This was the shortest SRC course we’ve ever run and challenged both trainers and candidates. It’s a huge credit to all involved that everyone passed.
Many thanks go to Matt doing water Safety and helping with the training. Thanks also goes to assessors Rob Pulsford and Eamon Ryan.
Well done to all of the candidates that took part!
See you on the beach!
Director of Lifesaving
It was great to have all our age groups on the beach on Sunday even with not ideal conditions. It was brilliant to see so many happy faces across the beach. Our pink and white caps toughed it out like professionals' awesome work! Thank you to our R&R team for the demonstration for our U10 to U13 on Sunday morning. I’m hoping that it might of inspired a few nippers to get teams together and get involved!
Just so everyone is clear all club gear like club boards can only be used at club sanctioned training or at nippers. This is not up for debate! Qualified coaches, age managers and water safety need to be present when club gear is being used. Thank you in advance for your support in this matter and parents/nippers don’t be offended if you are told to return the equipment if not following the
There were a few new parents asking about "Board Training" now that nippers have passed their Competition Evaluation Swim they have the go-ahead to attend the Club Sanctioned Board training sessions with our qualified Board Coaches. Parents please be mindful to attend training sessions that suits your nippers ability.
These sessions are held on-:
SATURDAY mornings from 8-9pm
WEDNESDAY afternoon from 5-6pm
Please arrive with your bathers or wetsuit on and your age cap and Hi-Vis Yellow vests are compulsory. Remember to bring a towel; goggles (you may do a swim) and water bottle. Please arrive early to sign in and collect a board, if you don't have your own.
Lastly please remember that the club boards are an asset to the club and it is a privilege that you are able to use these boards, you need to respect the boards and look after them properly. ANYONE seen being reckless or damaging a board will be suspended from using them! Boards are to be carried correctly down to the beach and each individual is to wash their board down and pack it away in the correct allocated area in the board cage after use.
I will be having a meeting with all the Board Coaches this Wednesday, so as of next week 25/11/20 we are hoping to offer sessions at Hillarys Marina on Wednesdays afternoons these sessions will be board technique and paddling skills. Whereas the Beach sessions are more advanced. The Saturday morning sessions are 'usually' calmer-conditions compared to Wednesday afternoon sessions for our new nippers.
This weekend the forecast is looking a lot more positive so I hope to see you all on the beach!
This weekend we have Brookman and Evans patrols rostered on for Saturday and Leevers and Arbuckle patrols on Sunday.
Substitutes and Patrol Rebate
What is a substitute? If you can’t make your Rostered Patrol you need to advise your Patrol Captain and make every effort to arrange for someone (a substitute) to fill in for you so that you are not letting your patrol team down. There are a number of ways available to assist with arranging a substitute:
• Use the Patrol Swap section in the SLSA Members Portal (https://members.sls.com.au)
• Ask a ‘buddy’ if they can swap patrols
• Use the 'Sorrento SLSC - Patrols’ Facebook page
The system will send an email to both people when a substitute has accepted.
Under ‘Patrol Swap’ you can also see a list of other people who are requesting a substitute and can accept to act as a substitute for them by clicking ‘I can do this’
Ask a ‘buddy’ if they can swap patrols
You can ask anyone in the club to act as a substitute for you or contact your assigned buddy group.
Use the 'Sorrento SLSC - Patrols’ Facebook page
The Patrol face book page is still there for people that want to use it for substitutes.
Club Patrol Commitment
The club patrol commitment is 24 hours. By completing your 24 hours you are fulfilling the obligation you took on when you signed up for your SRC/Bronze. In addition to be eligible for Long Service recognition you must have completed your 24 hour patrol commitment for 10 years,
First and foremost we are a Surf Lifesaving Club and with that we have an obligation to the community to provide a safe aquatic environment for beach goers, which in turn enables us to offer all of the benefits of membership to our members including access to the club via the secure key system, use of the Gym for Bronze holders, access to club equipment and coaching and also counts towards possible allocation of equipment storage, not to mention being an active member of a great club.
You can complete you club patrol commitment by attending rostered patrols, club water safety events or a combination of both.
Patrol Rebate System
The Patrol Rebate however is a reward for patrolling members for fulfilling their rostered patrol obligation for the club and is available to members who complete their rostered patrols or, if they can’t attend their rostered patrol, make every effort to a arrange a substitute and advise their Patrol Captain.
If you can’t attend all of your rostered patrols, to be eligible for the rebate, you still need to complete the required 24 hours however this can be via a combination of rostered patrols, voluntary patrols, filling in as a substitute or other club water safety events, providing the above criteria has been met i.e. making every effort to a arrange a substitute and advising your Patrol Captain if you can’t attend.
For clarity anyone listed as a ‘No Show’ (didn’t notify their Patrol Captain) for their rostered patrol will not be eligible for the patrol rebate. The rebate is provided as a club voucher.
Bronze and SRC requals continue for the remaining Saturdays and Sundays in November at 8am. Four more sessions to go. Once these sessions are complete we will not be offering anymore Bronze/SRC requals. Please take a moment to refresh yourself before the requal. The sessions are often becoming very long as they are ending up as retraining sessions. The signals are shown below.
Advanced Resus requals will be held Monday 16/11 (FULL already), 23/11 and 30/11 at 6pm. Sign up on facebook under patrols. Limit of 10 per session. Thanks to Paul Berry for running these.
This Opening round of the SunSmart Surf League was held on Saturday 14th November in very challenging conditions at Trigg Beach.
This event opened with the Youth Surf League in which Sorrento had some outstanding results with our beach sprinters Zahra Buckley and Brett Wainwright both placing 3rd in their respective events. Following on from that was the Youth Board with Ben Snook coming in 4th place and Harriet Chin racing exceptionally well by placing 3rd. The same pair then lined up for the Youth Ironman with Ben placing 4th and Harriet 5th. Kai Belmont made his debut in the Youth swim and after a slow start managed to finish midfield along with Hollie Bertolini who also finished midfield.
After the Youth Surf League finished it was time for the Open Surf League to start and Sorrento got off to a blistering start with our two flying Beach Athletes Sydney Rafferty and Charlie Rigby taking out both the Sprint and Flags double. Our ageless master Ash Booker performed exceptionally well with outstanding results in both the Board race and Iron woman showing the young whipper snappers that age and experience counts for everything when racing in windy and rainy conditions that were experienced throughout the day.
Overall it was a difficult day but filled with so many learning experiences for our Youth Team and our Open Team and everyone who competed should hold their heads high as Sorrento is looking to bounce back at the next round which is being held on Saturday 5th December at a new venue which is North Scarborough Beach. Racing begins at 8am with the Youth Surf League followed by the Open Surf League starting at 10am.
Not the fantastic conditions we have been enjoying but still 39 youth checked in!! The early rain and winds passed, thankfully it started to warm up a bit. Great to see the Youth surf crew get out there and practice Cameron relays with Lisa, Tim, Hal and Matt despite the seaweed and chop. Thanks also Darren and the beachies for the help in running the flags and sprint arena’s. We really enjoy seeing is the older youth working with our newer youth and in particular those new to surf club, thank you!! We rely on your help and know that the newer youth really appreciate it (as do we). We may have to continue to work on our Frisbee throwing, or try again on a less windy day 😊.
Secret Harbor Comp: Need a Lift
If you would love to come down to Secret Harbor to compete or just see what these competitions look like but can’t get your parents to make the trip south 😊, please ask. We have cars going down to Secret Harbor that have spare seats in them and we would be happy to give you a lift. Please email Jeff at email@example.com, message me or text me (0400320514). We can organise transport for you and we want as many of our youth at these comps as possible. The weather is looking great for Sunday 22nd. 27C. O% chance of rain and lighter winds. This is a great beach and surf club if you haven’t been there before. Come down and have some fun with your team mates. I have it on good authority that the chips are great!
Youth Sunday Session: Nov 22nd – is on per normal. While some age managers will be at Secret Harbor we will have age managers at Sorrento running our normal Sunday Session’s.
Youth Age Managers Course: Nov 21st – To all the youth that have registered to start this course and will be attending the Nov 21st meeting at SLSWA Surf House, Balcatta, we will see you there. Fantastic to see so many Sorrento Youth wanting to help out at the club! Well done all.
Coaching: We want to reiterate that these coaching sessions are not just for the elite. They are set up for any youth wanting to develop and improve their skills be they on the boards, ski’s, in the surf or flags, sprints or team events. Please speak to the Age Managers or coaches about what is available.
Helping out at Nippers: There does seem to be some confusion on whether to check in at the youth flag when you are assisting with Nippers Age groups. Please still check in, do the club swim and then if you already have organised to help at a nippers age group please write this down on the check in register (age group you are going to), notify a youth age manager and then head to your nippers arena. It helps us keep tabs on youth and also is important for your YIPs points register.
Surf Ski Course: On Saturday Darren “Dazzler” O’Flynn took on the trailer and towing duties. Lesson in the Marina went well, protected from weather. Parents and youth set a new world record in packing up, washing down and putting away the skis 😊
Thanks to all the coaches for their support and time.
Bowls Night: Saturday 28th Nov. 6-8 pm at Super Bowl Warwick. $23 per head for 2 games.
We are looking to seeing you all for an exciting evening of Bowling at Warwick.