What’s your full name? Darren Saunders
What is your nickname? Depends who you ask... Daz, Dazzler, Dazza, Quark.
What’s your current position in the club? Director Lifesaving
How long have you been in the role ? since August!
When did you first join? 2013
Can you tell us about your lifesaving journey? I joined Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC towards the end of high school. I did my bronze there and was patrol captain for ~10 yrs before moving to Canada. I joined South Maroubra when we returned to Sydney and my daughter Matilda started nippers
What positions have you held in the club? Patrol Captain, Assistant Director Lifesaving.
Any highlights? A few big rescues stand out. One hot and rough Australia Day at Stanwell Park we did over 40 rescues in a day. Helping to resuscitate a young boy was also pretty memorable. Watching my daughters become lifesavers is a huge highlight!
What does the future hold and any advice to fellow members? My advice to fellow members is to get involved and keep building your skills!
Excitement is building as we near the beginning of the 2023/2024 Nipper Season.
Registrations are still coming in and it is looking at being another big season.
Registrations are still opened but not for too much longer.
Nippers for the U6’s Age Group will have a special start date of Saturday 14th October 2023 starting at 9am.
Nippers for the U7+ Age Groups will recommence on Sunday 15th October 2023 as per the times below:
8am - 9.15am - Under 14, 13, 12, 11, 8 BOYS, 6
9.30am - 10.45am - Under 10, 9, 8 GIRLS, 7
NOTE: We are no longer accepting registrations for the U7 age group. We have reached our capacity. Memberships will not be accepted for birthdays between October 2016 - September 2017
Some other key dates:
CLICK HERE to view this season Nipper Calendar
CLICK HERE to view the Nipper Information Booklet
As always we would love more people to join the team!
Be part of the fun and get involved! We need lots of age assistants on the beach.
Please email [email protected] to find out more information.
If you are interested in finding out more in regards to completing your Bronze Medallion, there will be an info night at the club on the 10th October, 6.30pm.
CLICK HERE to register your interest.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the beach very soon.
Director of Youth Development
Welcome to edition 2 of our Blu-ing Newsletter for this season, we hope you’re enjoying reading some of the content whilst also getting to know some key people, approaching major events and fundraising information here at South Maroubra, the ‘family’ club. By the way, before going any further can I also ask that you, including parents within our very large Nipper family keep abreast of club information as it comes to hand by liking and following our South Maroubra SLSC Facebook site, we try and get timely information to you via Facebook.
So let's get back to business and its exciting to see the red and yellow of our lifesavers back on the beach with our great patrol members and sponsored equipment. With the NRL Grand Final Long weekend just finished at the time of writing, school holidays underway and high temperatures over the weekend we’re expecting things to be full on, off and on the beach.
Our local community has really embraced the club with many young families taking advantage of our open door policy at our wonderful beachside bar so we’re expecting plenty of guests and friends. Be sure to join us each Sunday at our Social Sundays!
Major events for your diary!
Looking forward to seeing all of our members so pop on down any Sunday for a chat or recommendations in relationship to club sponsorship.
Paul ‘Stretch’ Fownes APM OAM
We need to ensure our lifesavers have maintained all the skills covered in their awards to keep the beach safe. 2023/24 Season Skills Maintenance dates have been set for the season.
Bronze Medallion and SRC both contain online and practical requirements this season, so be sure to jump into your members area and do the online work before attending your chosen date. You MUST complete both online and practical portions to be signed off as proficient!
The online portion can be accessed through your Members Area account, in the eLearning section. If you can not find it in the 'My Training' section please look for the Skills Maintenance 2023/24 (SRC or BM) in the training library and enrol.
The practical portions for the Bronze medallion and SRC will be covered on the following dates and times. You will need to enrol online for the date you wish to attend. This is done through e-Learning. Here is a guide on how to do it!
BRONZE / SRC / ART
Meet in the Heritage room for the following Skills Maintenance:
SM3 - Saturday 02 December
ART - 8.30am
BM/SRC - 9.30am
SM4 - Sunday 17 December
ART - 10am
BM/SRC - 11am
IRB DRIVERS + CREW
Meet in the Lifesaving Shed for following Skills Maintenance:
Sunday 17 December
You must be proficient by 31 December in order to continue patrol.
For other courses please see our online calendar of events
Any questions to our education team at [email protected]
50c Discount at the Bar
Despite having one of the cheapest price lists in Sydney, the Board of Management is delighted to introduce a member's discount at the Bar on Sunday Socials.
Eligible for 18 yrs+ financial members, all you need to do is show the Gallagher Security Access System on you phone to be entitled to a 50c discount on your drink.
If you don't have the Gallagher Security Access System, which is the electronic access system for the Club please contact the [email protected] or 9314 0070 (Tue & Fri) to arrange a login.
It is great to be able to support other clubs in needs. Having recently completed an audit of our equipment in the lead up to Gear Inspection for the 2023/24 season, it was identified that we had a few surplus boards. This arose primarily through the generous donations of our local clubs via the ClubGrants which provides funds for Lifesaving equipment.
Unfortunately not all Surf Clubs are as lucky as us. After a call out to the community, it was identified that Blackhead SLSC near Foster (Mid North Coast) was in desperate need of some new boards to replace the 4 old boards they had.
Tony Axford from Soldiers Beach SLSC (Central Cost) facilitated the transportation.
Date/Time: TBC (subject to weather conditions)
We are looking forward to providing all Active Club Members an opportunity to try all the different craft that are used in competitions. We will be making Surf Boats, IRBs and Skis available for you to come and 'Have a Go' under the supervision of our qualified coaches.
Due to the nature of the day, we need to ensure that conditions are suitable, therefore will advise via Facebook page when the date and time in the coming weeks.
Stay in touch with what's happening around the club.