The project to rebuild Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club is well underway. Those that would have walked past would have seen little progress as the project has experienced an enormous amount of rain delays. There have also been a lot of delays as the project team put in a lot of work in carefully demolishing the original building without affecting the iconic façade.
Now there have been strong foundations built, some asbestos has been carefully removed and there has been a lot of effort put into reinforcing the retaining walls. The building is now ready for the concrete slab for the base of the building which will be poured in the next couple of weeks.
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 at Tamarama SLSC by Sandra Fox
Women have always been at Tamarama. From our First Nations women of the Bidjigal and Gadigal People who lived in the area, to colonial women through to modern times, women have been and always will be a big and valuable part of this community.
In its founding year of 1906, Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC) commenced a proud tradition of keeping the public safe in and around the water of our beautiful beach. Women were part of that effort too, they were the wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, aunts, carers, friends and grandmas of the surf lifesavers who supported and enabled their efforts.
Women in Surf Lifesaving
Surf lifesaving began on the beaches of Sydney then spread around the country, first to Western Australia and Queensland then later to the other states. The Royal Life Saving Society, which originated in Britain, placed lifelines on beaches and held classes. Records show that the first ‘Bronze Medallion’ training and qualifications are awarded in 1910 at Bondi and Coogee.Read more
Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club is excited to be hosting the inaugural “Celebration of Women in Surf Day”, taking place on Tamarama Beach, on Sunday 13th March 2022, as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme for this year's IWD is #Break the Bias.
For us, the reason to get together is to celebrate women's involvement in Surf Life Saving Australia and highlight female participation at the Tamarama club. This closely aligns with one of the key priorities of our club's strategy which is to increase the number of active female members. We would like to showcase Tamarama SLSC as the inclusive, diverse, welcoming club that we are, and encourage and enable more women to join our club.
We are so thrilled to announce that we now have an amazing 27 new "Bronzies" and Club members joining our ranks! This is an extraordinary number of new members to complete the course in one intake, particularly considering the rough seas that they have been training in. The rest of the Club are really keen to have these fit, skilled lifesavers join our Club.
We want to thank all of the trainers that supported this season's Bronze Medallion Course which was particularly challenging without a Clubhouse and in the tough conditions. A big shout out to our extraordinary Chief Training Officer, Michelle Cowans and her trusty offsider - Assistant Chief Training Officer, Arnaud de la Chaise. Thanks to the other trainers: Taga Stacey, Jimmy Burnett, Hugh French, David Murphy and particularly Troy Longworth who has returned to the Club after recovering from a long illness. Great work to the probationary trainers Sid Russell and Oliver Hunt who were great support as well. Thanks also to all of those that helped with water safety, particularly (Uncle) Derek Bagatourian who was there every week of the course supporting his daughter, Lucy who successfully completed the course.
Of these 27 new Bronzies, one third are going straight into IRB Crew training this Saturday which shows how keen this group are.
Welcome to Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club Bronzies! We hope you enjoy your first season at our great Club.
Here at Tama we have a passionate comms team keeping our members up to date with all things related to patrolling, training, club updates etc... As well as a few profiling series of our members. As you're browsing around we'd love to share a bit more with you about the amazing people that make Tama a great community within SLS. Whilst we continue to update this page you can subscribe to the newsletter to get to know our members from your inbox.
Check out our profiling series of the Women of Tama. She can, she will, she does. She's a lifesaver!
You can always drop us a note at [email protected]
See you on the beach
Team Tama Members! 💙🤍 Have you renewed your membership yet?
Season kicks off on the 18th of September and we can’t wait to see you back at Tama patrolling our beautiful beach even during this difficult time! In case you still need to do it, click here.
We’re so excited for the season to start and to welcome you all back!
Till then, stay safe & sane and renew your membership ;)
Reminding members that the 115th AGM is this Sunday, 1 August · 1:45 – 3:45pm
Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/tte-wemm-pje
Or dial: (AU) +61 3 8594 9070 PIN: 329 395 859#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/tte-wemm-pje?pin=8198933799270
Got your Bronze Medallion? Looking to make progress in your Surf Life Saving (SLS) journey? There are so many pathways for higher education in SLS at Tamarama and NSW broadly. Here is an infographic made by our very own Chief Education Officer Michelle Cowan that explains the different options available:
I did a double take the other day when I noticed that the iconic custard yellow exterior of the Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club is now sporting a new summery look. She now dons a beautiful shade of aqua, with polka dots of turquoise, sunshine and peach, colours which Julian Ashton put to good use in capturing the redolence of summer days spent at our unique beach.
The grand old dame also sports a few temporary tattoos. These are a cheeky take on Aussie slang for our distinctive banknote colours. The pink $5 note is known as a “prawn”, the $10 note is “a blue swimmer crab” and the red $20 note “a lobster”. “Pineapple” is what many call a $50 note, while a “frog” is slang for a $100 bill.
The makeover is all to drive awareness of a fundraiser in partnership with smartbank 86 400, which we hope will generate the final money needed to renovate the clubhouse next year.
86 400 has generously made a $25,000 donation that will go directly to Tamarama SLSC’s fundraising efforts. On top of that, every Aussie who signs up to 86 400 using the code ‘SMART10’ and makes a purchase will earn themselves $10, plus an additional $10 for Tamarama SLSC, which 86 400 will donate to the club’s redevelopment fund on their behalf.
The clubhouse has been around since 1906, and this final fundraising push will ensure a much-needed renovation that will set us up for a further 100 years, meaning we can continue to serve the community through life-saving patrols, education programs and community use of the upgraded clubhouse
Given the year we’ve all had, we can all look forward to some cheer and merriment, so if we can all get together and show support for this last fundraising push to get the work started, I will personally dress up in an unofficial Tamarama SLSC grouper (or merman) outfit at the new launch for a photo opportunity to thank you for your generosity.
This year, two of our members, Natalie Sutton and Laura Roff experienced three successful lifesaving CPRs this year. The Tama Comms team approached them to share their experience and to offer any advice they would have to people who find themselves in a similar situation.
Watch the video here.