Highlights From the 2019/20 Patrol Season
As the season came to an unexpected end, we want to take an opportunity to reflect on what we were able to achieve during the summer of 2019/20. As a Surf Club, we are proud to have continued our service to the community in all shapes and forms. From our service on the beach, to our activism across beach safety and community support, and to the betterment of our club at large.
This summer saw Tamarama SLSC rise in its capabilities. We excelled across not only our on-duty responsibilities as Life Savers, but as meaningful contributors to our community. Much was achieved throughout the season – too much in fact to recount all achievements in a short newsletter – highlights follow:
- Tamarama Bushfire BBQ and Comedy Evening: To support those on the frontline when hit with a catastrophic bushfire season, we raised in excess of $6000 from our fundraiser BBQ and Comedy Evening. A big callout to Aryan and Ben for leading the charge with these events.
- As always, to support the running of our club we had another successful year of fundraising at Sculptures by the Sea, with a special mention to Bill Shires for being at the helm of our BBQing efforts.
- This year we were pleased to have held the Wonderland Art Festival at our Surf Club, which showcased an array of beautiful artworks created by local artists. Thank you to Tracy Rockwell for organising this event to support our Arts community.
- This year we participated in the Bucket Shake at Sydney Airport to raise funds for our club facilities. Thank you to Sydney Airport and the members who staffed the bucket brigade to help with fundraising.
Thank you all who offered help within these events and initiatives, your ongoing commitment and support does not go unnoticed.
- Patrol 5 January Branch and State Rescue of the Month (January 2020) – Surf Life Saving NSW awarded Tamarama SLSC with the Rescue of the Month for January 2020, with our patrol reacting efficiently and effectively, taking charge of a highly stressful situation. Through quick action by lifesavers, lifeguards, paramedics, and members of the community, the patient was able to be resuscitated. We commend the achievement and efficacy our lifesavers, who were able to act quickly and competently in the face of adversity.
- Congratulations to Margie Simpson-Lee, who represented Tamarama at both Sydney Branch and State Masters Championships. At Sydney Branch Masters Championships, Margie placed first in sprint, and second in the surf race. She went on to place first in the beach sprint, second in flags and fourth in the surf race at State Masters Championships.
Community Support and Activism
- Tamarama has for a long time has been a proud supporter of Lifesavers with Pride. This year, we were pleased to have been the practice venue for Lifesavers with Pride for Mardi Gras 2020, who marched for an important cause that we hold close to our hearts! #loveislove
- We were able to hold Migrant Beach Safety Days which enabled us to educate recent immigrants regarding beach safety. Thank you to Sophie Taylor and David Murphy for their ongoing co-ordination of these events, a critical and important event for the education of our growing multicultural society.
- We continue to champion the ‘Take 3 for the sea’ initiative at Tamarama, reaffirming our commitment to keeping our beaches and oceans clean.
Across the club we have made improvements to our clubhouse, facilities and services.
- For our Nippers, we were able to acquire a new fleet of longer racing boards for competition and training purposes.
- Jack Collins was able to secure an ATV for the IRB team, making the job of taking the IRB down and back from the beach easier for our team.
- The shed sliding door was fixed, which previously required up to three people to open (except if you are Patrick), can now be done by one person, with one hand. Thanks to Waverley Council for persevering with finding a solution.
- With the rare appearance of McKenzie’s Beach this season, we expanded our area of patrol responsibilities for most of the season, undertaking many rescues for the grateful bathing public.
Special Thanks and Congrats…
- To all members for their effort this season – 3,418 hours patrolling and 47 rescues during scheduled patrol hours.
- Congratulations to Ben Doherty and Chris Barrett on achieving Gold Medallions this season!
- Thank you to Jack for his efforts organising and upgrading the IRB side of the patrol shed, and also for delivering IRB crew and driver courses to success!
- Thank you to Michelle for leading another wonderful team of trainers to produce a new group of Spring bronzies, with the Autumn group waiting in the wings to be assessed.
- Thanks to Richard Hamilton for organising club merch!
- Special thank you and farewell to caretakers Ellie, Andy, Daphne and Reef – we wish them good luck as we welcome Ben Armitage as our new caretaker.
- Arnaud’s efforts in ensuring that our community stayed well connected throughout isolation with his weekly Tamarama trivia quizzes.
- Waverley Council and Lifeguards for their ongoing support
- Simon Exleton from McGrath Real Estate, continuing as our major annual sponsor, since 2008. Thanks Simon!
Hoping next season brings us much more to look forward to!
Notice of 114th AGM 19 Jul 2020 at 2pm
Notice is hereby given that the 114th Annual General Meeting of the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 19th July 2020 in the Club House at 1A Pacific Avenue, Tamarama in the State of New South Wales, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Should a physical meeting not be possible an online alternative will be arranged. This notice has been made available via email, on the Club Website and on the Club Noticeboard. Tamarama SLSC respects the environment, and so unnecessary mailed paper notices have ceased.
Nominations for Club Officers and Support Roles are open Sunday 28 June 2019 and close 2pm Sunday 12 July 2019. All nominations must be received by this time via email to [email protected]. Each nomination must be proposed and seconded by active members of Tamarama SLSC and be accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. A complete list of nominees, proposers and seconders will be posted by 6pm on Sunday 12th of July 2020 on the Club Website and the Club Noticeboard.
This year the Annual Report and Financial Statements will be available via the website at http://tamaramaslsc.org/theclub/annual-reports/ before the meeting. We will inform members when these are available for viewing.
We hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting, which is a time for us all to meet and plan for another successful season together.
Annual General Meeting of Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
Sunday 19th July 2020, 1400, Club House, 1a Pacific Avenue, Tamarama or in the alternative an online meeting
1 Acknowledgement of Country
2 Welcome by the President
3 Attendance and Guests
5 Lifesavers’ Prayer
6 Minutes of the 113th Annual General Meeting held 21 July 2019
7 Minutes of the Special General Meeting held 21 September 2019
8 Adoption of the 114th Annual Report
9 Adoption of the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 30 April 2020 and appointment of Auditor for the Financial Statements for the year ending 30 April 2020.
10 Reports of Club Officers
11 Election of Club Officers
11.1 The Club President;
11.2 The Deputy Club President;
11.3 The Club Captain;
11.4 The Secretary;
11.5 The Treasurer;
11.6 The Chief Instructor; and
11.7 The Junior Activity Director.
12 Presentation of Life Member Pins to Life Members attending
13 Confirmation of Life Memberships
14 Timing of the Annual General Meeting under the rules
Finalists in the Tamarama SLSC Annual Awards
Last years winners at the Tamarama Annual Awards. L-R Will Forrest, Michelle Cowans, Will Lenard, Tim Murray, Ellie Pietsch, Hugh French, Holly Love, Sophie Taylor, Daniel Fritz
Nominations have now shut for the Tamarama Annual Awards. Congratulations to all the finalists. Your strength, courage and dedication is something we, as a club, are very fortunate to have and are proud of.
Dave Fryer Trophy for Outstanding Surf Rescue
- Matteo Salval for rescuing a swimmer from 'The Twins'
- Patrick Connors and Guy Waddell for going to the aid of three swimmers caught in a rip with dark approaching one weeknight
- Dan Zafir for keeping a swimmer afloat in a rip without any rescue equipment until back up arrived
- Derek Bagatourian, Tim Murray, Lachlan Clough, Hugh French, David Murphy, Stefano Aldini, Cameron Colwell, Alberto Puls Cruz, Steph Atkinson, Tim Spencer, Thomas Veit for the rescue of 15 swimmers, including one in a critical condition, on a Sunday afternoon
ANZAC DAY 2019
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, and on 25 April each year, we remember the Australian servicemen and women who have defended our country. One of the six Tamarama Lifesavers to die serving their country was Able Seaman Gordon Clarence Corbould, he was one of Australia's first submariners. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on 14 Dec 1912 and served on one of the country's first submarines HMAS AE1. The submarine was one of two E Class submarines built for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy and was manned by Royal Navy officers with a mixed crew of sailors drawn from the Royal Navy the Royal Australian Navy and New Zealanders.
HMAS AE1 went missing while on patrol off East New Britain, a province of Papua New Guinea, on September 14, 1914, with 35 crew on board including Able Seaman Corbould. There was no distress call and no witnesses. The loss of HMAS AE1 was the first wartime loss for the Royal Australian Navy and the first Allied submarine loss in World War I.
Over the years there have been 13 searches for HMAS AE1 and in December 2017 a new search, using the vessel Fugro Equator, located the wreck in 300 meters of water off the Duke of York Island group. A team of experts is now analysing footage of the wreck to better understand what happened to HMAS AE1. Because no wreckage, oil or bodies were found it is believed she sank intact, most likely after striking a reef that punched a hole in the pressure hull.
Tamarama SLSC pays tribute to all armed servicemen and women who serve the country and acknowledge and give our gratitude to our current serving Armed Forces Lifesavers; Nicola Welsh, Michael Dixon, Sebastian Chee, Mitchel Dupen, Brent Solomon, and Tom Viet. Thank you for your service on the high seas and on our little patch of paradise Tamarama beach.
Lest We Forget
For more information on the HMAS AE1Read more
Stay Safe Rock Fishing
The body of a Jervis Bay rock fisherman was recovered today. Rock fishing is one of Australia’s most dangerous sports, every year around nine rock fisherman drown. See the full story here.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has tips on fishing safety;
• Stay alert to the weather conditions
• Keep an eye on the waves
• Learn how to swim
• Choose the safest possible location
• Wear the right gear – lifejacket and cleats on your shoes
• Never fish alone
• Know what to do if someone is washed into the ocean
For more rock fishing safety tips see NSW Department of Primary Industries website here.
Hey Ladies – interested in becoming a surf lifesaver?
Sign up for the Tamarama bronze medallion course today and bring a friend for FREE!
Tamarama is committed to being a diverse and inclusive club and we are looking for more female members. Female prospective members can invite a female friend to join the course free of charge.
We are hosting a bronze medallion information night on Wednesday 26 September at 6:30pm where you can hear more about the club and the course. Details including course requirements and sign up instructions can be found here:
Note, both prospective members must achieve the course prerequisites to be eligible for the discount.
Join the Spring Bronze Medallion Course
Have fun, make friends and support the community at the beautiful Tamarama beach!
Completing the Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Aquatic Safety) course will give you the skills and qualification to become a surf lifesaver. Tamarama SLSC will be running our next Bronze Medallion course commencing in October 2018.
Find out more and sign up:
Management Committee 2018-19
Congratulations to the new Tamarama SLSC Management Committee for the 2018-19 season who were confirmed at the AGM on Sunday 15 July.
President - Tim Murray
A number of opportunities to join the team supporting the Management Committee exist. Contact a member of the Management Committee for more details
Tamarama welcomes our newest lifesavers!
Tamarama SLSC is extremely proud and excited to welcome the latest batches of members to the club! We're so proud of all the work you've done to get here! Pictured here with our Club Patron, Henry, and Chief Training Officer, Ellie. Together, our Lifesavers are dedicated to making the beach a safe and enjoyable place for all people.
Tama at the Aussies
Congratulations Margaret Simpson-Lee, who once again, waved the flag for Tamarama at the Aussies 2018! Margie managed to get points for Tama at 2 events! In a very tough field, but snagged 5th in the surf race and 5th in the flags! She nearly got 4th in the flags but lost it when a competitor dived over the top - after 20 rounds! Competition is fun and excellent to improve your skills and team building. Sign up for training and competition in 2018/2019. :)