Raising The Flags for 2015/2016

Surf Patrols have now commenced for the 2015/2016 Season, following the Wollongong City Lifeguards starting their service on Saturday, 19 September 2015.

The surf club will be rostering 7 patrols consisting of between 12 and 20 members, including IRB Drivers and Crew, Advanced Resuscitation, First Aid, Bronze Medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate and Basic Beach Management Award holders.

The season started under the watchful eye of Patrol Captain Iris Huizinga, with the flags at the northern end of the beach for the most suitable conditions. Iris had the patrol members doing drills involving resuscitation and radio checks just to get everyone back into the routine of doing patrols.

New Club Captain Stephanie McGuinness has been busy in the off-season organising patrols to ensure the most efficient and safest coverage of Stanwell Park Beach possible. She made the decision to reduce the number of patrols from 8 to 7 ensuring adequate patrol strength. The club will be hoping to get a few new Bronze Medallion awards early in the season to bolster the club's patrol strength.

The Club Patrol Captains are Patrol 1 - Barry McGuinness, 2 - Karl Weber, 3 - Eddie White, 4 - Carl Williams, 5 - Steven McDonald, 6 - Iris Huizinga, 7 - Daniel Robberds/Ben Andrews.

Saturday Patrol requirements have been reduced on previous seasons acknowledging the work performed by Wollongong City Council Lifeguards, with club life savers providing support to the lifeguards on Saturday. Surf Life Saving Illawarra campaigned very hard during the off-season being able to negotiate with Surf Life Saving NSW to reduce the patrol load on all of the clubs in Illawarra. The club will now be rostered on for the Saturdays during the Christmas School Holidays.....club patrols members are smiling.

Patrols for the season will finish on ANZAC Day 25 April 2015.

If you are interested in doing your Bronze Medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate or any other Life Saving related award please contact the Chief Training Officer Bobo White - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you hold a Life Saving Award and would like to come back onto patrols please drop a note to Club Captain Stephanie McGuinness - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The club is look forward to a great and safe patrol season.

Surf Club Open Day - 18 October 2015

On Sunday 18 October, Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state will throw their doors open to the public to provide an inside look at what being a part of a surf club is all about.

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club will be hosting a number of activities including lifesaving demonstrations, clubhouse tour, sausage sizzle and an information session.

SLSNSW Director of Member Services, Glenn Langley, said Surf Club Open Day gives the public an opportunity to see the wide variety of activities they could get involved in at a surf club.

“With more than 77,000 people involved in Surf Life Saving throughout NSW including people of all ages and walks of life, now is the perfect time to join a surf club. There are literally hundreds of volunteer roles to choose from, everything from patrolling the beach on a weekend, to radio communications, administration and fundraising, or managing a team of competitors at a surf carnival. Everyone has what it takes to be a surf lifesaver,” said Mr Langley.

“There are so many benefits to joining a surf club. Apart from learning vital lifesaving skills, you can get involved with support services such as powered water craft patrols, get fit and healthy participating in surf sports and involve your kids in a fun range of nipper activities that will help their growth and development.

“One of the great things about joining a surf club is that you walk into a ready-made group of friends. It’s also a great way to spend some family time together, while doing something good for the community,” he said.

The club is always looking for new members for surf patrol, competition and nippers.

There are many different kinds of members, from junior members, our Nippers, right through to life members who have served their club and community for many years. There are all sorts of reasons people join a club, whether it’s to help the community, get involved in surf sports, be part of our rescue response teams, to help out in administration, or just for the social aspect. In surf lifesaving, everything is voluntary and there’s something for everyone.

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club invites you to come down and learn more about who we are, what we do and how you and your family can become involved with our great organisation.

For more information please visit the SLSNSW Open Day Event Page or Club Website.

Contact details:
Name Steven McDonald
Position President
Club Name Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club
Phone number 0419-250-937
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 - Australian Winter Swimming Championships

The Stanwell Park Sea Eels Winter Swimming Club headed off to Wagga Wagga over the weekend of 12 - 13 September 2015 to compete in the Australian Winter Swimming Championships.

A great weekend was had by all 30 odd members who attended, included the hard souls who caught the bus for the looong trip down the Hume Highway.

The swim was not without succes with the clubs "B" Grade Relay picking up a Silver Medal in the 10 x 50m Nominated Time Relay, swimming just 2 and a bit seconds off their nominated time. Congraulations to Rob Pugh, Barney Vodicar, Dawn Blackwell, Rod Hampson, Stephanie McGuinness, Peter Turner, Ian Van Zyl, Peter McDonald, Sean Kelly and Jarrod Kennedy on a great, consistent, and well paced swim. And yes, that's right there were 2 female members of this medal winning team....well done Dawno and Steph.

The club also had 3 finalists in individual events,

Open 50m - Jarrod Kennedy

O/40 50m - Karl Weber and Steven McDonald

The event concluded with presentation and a dinner at the Union Club Hotel, and despite reports of them running out of food everyone was well feed and well watered.

The bus will be heading back up the Hume soon, not sure they will get the same welcome into "The Burgh" as the Grand Final Winning Tigers did last night, but they will return with their spoils.

Looking forward to the 2016 Championship in Newcastle, this time next year.