24 March 2020
Dear Members and Friends,
As you are aware operations and activities at your club South Maroubra have had to be reduced in
accordance with health and government increasing restrictions. Actions taken by the club to date have been formally published and distributed to all members via Surfguard emails, Facebook posts and stored on our website in the form of a SITUATION REPORT.
We have done this to ensure every one of our members from youngest to mature are kept aware of how the
club is responding to this developing Covid-19 crisis and status of the club.
Essentially, effective immediately all club storerooms, showers, gymnasium, socials, training, functions
have ceased with Surf Patrols restricted last weekend to surveillance after the beach was closed by Council.
This developing situation we as a club and society are confronting, is new to us, there is no blueprint or
manual in which we are operating, rather implementing all 3 levels of government decisions and doing what
we believe is right for the safety and security of our members and club.
On the evening, a further development occurred after a video conference where all Sydney Branch Club
Presidents decided unanimously to cease ALL beach based surf patrols effectively meaning for us the
2019/20 patrol season has prematurely ceased. We made this decision based on member safety, restriction of beach attendee numbers and the likelihood the next phase of restrictions will soon be implemented.
The next paragraph is a message from Nicole Cooney, our Director of Lifesaving Services:
“I would like to send my thanks to all patrolling members, patrol captains, trainers and section leaders who
have been supportive throughout the season. I thank you for all your hard work and commitment in ensuring
Maroubra Beach is a safe place to visit. While this is not the way we expected the season to end the key is
we are all safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing you all back in the new season in the red and yellow,
and I’m sure when we can socialise again the bar will be open for some celebratory drinks.”
Continuing on and with Nippers having finalised their season, all competition cancelled or postponed, social
events suspended and now surf patrols ending, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single
person who has made this year such a memorable one. So much achieved so many happy nipper faces
each week, great people on patrol and regrettably a large SRC and Bronze training group that could not
complete their final 2 weeks of the course when going so well. To all those trainees we hope you stay
committed to complete the courses as soon as we are back on deck as you are our priority.
To the various leadership groups and, patrol members, its likely we will not be able to formally acknowledge
your efforts this season but rest assured when we are able too, we’ll put on one hell of a celebration when
kissing goodbye to the coronavirus.
Thank you to our loyal sponsors this year, we were in the final phase of organising sponsor events like we
were our Gold Members night. We will definitely finalise many of these things early next season as Nippers
will with their various age group and competition awards.
For your information our Caretakers Barry and Leslie will remain on site looking after the security of the club,
our Club Office will remain operational for as long as possible although likely access into the club will not be
possible so any enquiry for now can be made via email or phone with details previously published and on
SITREPs sent recently.
The Club Office bearers will still be working hard through this crisis, probably remotely, so we welcome any
enquiries via our office email address, plus we will be ramping up our Facebook Posts so be sure to join in
the conversation with a trip down memory lane ensuring we provide some entertainment, club history and
connectivity to each one of you.
Finally, I would ask all members to look out for your neighbours particularly the vulnerable who are not so
fortunate, lets try and lend a hand where we can and grow as a better and more giving society.
Be positive, stay fit and well, recognise how good we really do have it here in the lucky country and we’ll see
you as soon as we possibly can.
If any further developments occur, be sure we will advise you.
Paul ‘Stretch’ Fownes
SLSNSW Media Release
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on all operations at South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club. This article will be updated as we go and can be used for reference to see all pertaining documents in one place.
Coronavirus COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms can include fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath and other ailments. The virus can spread from person to person but good hygiene can prevent infection. The situation relating to the virus and measures to slow the spreading of the virus is changing rapidly on Governments and expert medical advice. South Maroubra SLSC in conjunction with partners are monitoring the changing environment and continue to act consistent and swiftly on that advice.
Members and friends are reminded to NOT attend the club if they are suffering from Cold or Flu like symptoms.
SITREP 2020 - 1
SITREP 2020 - 2
SITREP 2020 - 3
Congratulations to all our medal winners at the NSW State Age Championships at the weekend. South Maroubra placed 6th overall. Great job by all participants, coaches and team management.
SOUTH MAROUBRA - 2020 NSW Age Championships Results
Support our IRB Team!
Patrol vs Patrol; Boaties vs IRBs; the BOM vs Everyone!
The IRB team will host a Trivia Night on Saturday 28 March. Get your teams together and buy your tickets now!
Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start, BYO food
Heritage Room/Bernie Kelly Lounge (downstairs)
This event is 18+ only
Tickets $25, or $30 at the door.
Get your team together and book a table of 10!
Buy your tickets online - choose "Special Event" and then enter the keyword IRB Trivia 2020
or through the Office on Tuesdays, Fridays or Sunday mornings -
by phone (02) 9314 0070
dropping in or
by email - [email protected]
We're now calling for Honour Blazer nominations. The April Board of Management Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 April 2020.
(a) The honour blazer shall conform with the club blazer, with the addition of the word ‘Honour’ and the year awarded, in block letters beneath the badge.
(b) The honour blazer is awarded for outstanding service and can only be awarded to a member on one occasion. However, it is not necessary that an Honour Blazer be awarded each year.
(c) All nominations for the Honour Blazer must be first made to the Board in writing stating the reason for the nomination and the nominees service to the Club. The nomination must be in the hands of the Secretary prior to the final April meeting. The Board shall consider the nominations at the final April meeting and for that nomination to obtain their recommendation for approval by the members of the Annual General Meeting.
(d) The Honour Blazer may be awarded for bravery regardless of membership category and the minimum of 10 years membership may be waveried. Otherwise the Honour Blazer can only be awarded to Active (18 years & over), Reserve Active, Long Service, Life Member, Active (15-18 years), Cadet (13-15 years) and only to other membership classifications (refer rule 11) who have had at least ten (10) years membership of the Club.
(e) Only one (1) nomination each year for Honour Blazer may be recommended by the Board of Management to the Annual General Meeting, except where the nomination is with regard to rule 9 (a) (i) (bravery) in which case more than one nomination can be recommended.
Any member who feels they are eligible for a SLSA Long Service Award or National Patrol Service award are asked to kindly contact the Club in writing [email protected] with information of your request (for which award). The Club will then check your eligibility and make application on behalf of the member if eligibility is confirmed by Club records.
Types of SLSA recognition awards available are:
SLSA Long Service
25 years, 30 years, 40 years, 50 years, 60 years, 70 years, 75 years, 80 years
Pre requisites for Long Service Awards :
Applicant must be a member of a SLSA Club. Applicant cannot already hold the award for the same period. Minimum age for 25 years service is 38. Minimum Age for subsequent awards is calculated on 13 plus the period of the award (eg. 40 years service – minimum age is 13 + 40 = 53 years)
SLSA National Patrol Service Awards
5 year, 10 year, 15 year, 20 year, 25 year, 30 year, 35 year, 40 year, 45 year, 50 year
Applicants must have completed all patrol service requirements relevant to the membership category with a minimum of 16 hours being completed per season.
a) Bronze Medallion holders whose period of service eligibility begins from their initial patrol duties as the holder of this qualification.
b) Members who hold one or more qualifications in the following award streams – patrolling lifesaver, emergency care or radio. In the case of Award members, eligibility for the patrol service shall commence from the date of obtaining the
This season we will see the Senior Club Presentation Night come forward, it will be held on Saturday 6 June. As such it's now time to think about who you'd like to nominate for club awards.
At the Club's committee meetings to be held March/April 2020, a number of club awards for member recognition are determined. To assist the committees with their determinations, nominations from members are called for the following Club Major Awards. All financial club members are eligible to nominate.
Nominations will close with the Club Secretary by 27 March 2020. Emailed to Marcelo Garay, Club Secretary [email protected]
There is no specific form however nominations must include the following information :
Awards determined by Board of Management at their April 2020 meeting
For outstanding achievement and contribution in all areas of the Club :
Awards determined by the Lifesaving Committee at their April 2020 meeting
For outstanding achievement in the areas of lifesaving
Awards determined by the Competition Committee at their April 2020 meeting
For outstanding achievement in the area of competition
We look forward to receiving many nominations for consideration. These awards are prestigious awards and winners will be announced and presented at the annual Club Presentation Night.
For the last 2 seasons South Maroubra, along with other Sydney Branch clubs have helped fulfil patrolling requirements at Garie Beach in the beautiful Royal National Park.
This season we will again provide 2 patrols, with the first coming up on Saturday December 14. We're looking for members who'd like to come along. Here are some details:
- meet 8am at South Maroubra and carpool to Garie Beach
- patrol is from 10am - 5pm
- lunch is provided
- have heaps of fun!
This time around we will be sharing the patrol with members from Tamarama SLSC. It's an awesome opportunity to experience patrol at another beach with different conditions and challenges, as well as meet and patrol with members from another club.
If you're interested please email Nicole at [email protected]
Stay in touch with what's happening around the club.