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Pre-Season Update

Thanks to the Narooma Golf Club, we have been awarded $3,000 in grant monies to purchase new equipment for our Nippers. We can't wait to get on the beach and start using the new gear!

Have you been wondering what this season will look like? NSW Surf Lifesaving have created a very easy-to-use matrix with answers to all the questions you have and haven't yet thought of. Check it out by clicking the button below or using this link. It covers Nippers, Patrol, Education and Competition.
 

Can we run Nippers?

Yes! Nippers will be back on the beach on Sunday 8th November with the Proficiency Pool swim being carried out on the two Saturday's prior, 31st October and 7th November. More details to come as we fine tune our plans for the season ahead. Our Nippers Coordinator Carla is working on how best to manage a fun and active season for our Nippers, please contact her if you would like to assist in any capacity.

The unfortunate news is that the current restrictions state that members who travel from outside our area cannot participate in Nipper activities. We have a few, very committed families that reside in the ACT who are valuable members of our Nippers program and the club. We will no doubt miss their friendly faces and the volunteer support they give on the beach and in the water. We very much look forward to welcoming them back as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
 

Can we patrol?

Of course we can! And if the predictions of more beachgoers this season are true, we will need everyone to lend a hand. We were lucky enough to receive patrol support from a number of Sydney clubs last season after the bushfires, unfortunately that will not be an option this Summer in an attempt to reduce the number of people travelling between different regions. Naturally there will be a few differences as to the way we do things to protect ourselves and the community so it is essential that everyone attend the re-qualification training. 

The number of active patrolling members has been dropping over the past few seasons and now we are in the vicious cycle whereby those that remain are burdened with more hours, and an even bigger commitment...forcing even more of our members to exit. The obvious solution is to enlist a big group of active members to lighten the load. Wouldn't that be nice! So this season, we are attempting to attract more lifesavers by providing financial incentives. That's right, we are waiving membership fees for all past and present patrolling members for the 2020/21 season.

So, can you twist the arm of an ex-lifesaver that is your friend, neighbour or work colleague? Appeal to their sense of community - they were once a volunteer, they just might be easily swayed. Get them to sign up and make it a fun Summer catching up on the beach. If we all manage to persuade one new member we will halve the workload. If you have any other ideas that can help us increase our active membership - please don't be a stranger, our President Jon would love to hear your ideas.
 

Can we compete?

Yes! Fortunately, our local area is not considered a 'hot spot' so the FSC Branch is able to run carnivals, with restrictions of course. The first carnival is to be hosted by us, here in Narooma on the 13th December 2020. Mark your calendars and watch out for updates.
Click to View: Covid-19 Matrix for SLS Activities

Calendar Dates


Registration Day
Sunday 18th October from 10am to 2pm
Held at the clubhouse

Next Committee Meeting
Sunday 18th October at 2:30pm (after Rego)
Held at the clubhouse

Warilla Bowls Surfboat Premiership Round 1
Saturday 24th October
Hosted by Bulli SLSC

Nippers Proficiency Swim Under 8 - Under 14's
Saturday 31st October or Saturday 7th November from 10am
Held at Narooma Pool

Pambula Club to Pub Surfboat, Ski & SUP Race
Saturday 31st October
Pambula SLSC

Nippers Begins
Sunday 8th November

Warilla Bowls Surfboat Premiership Round 2
Saturday 14th November
Hosted by Batemans Bay SLSC

Warilla Bowls Surfboat Premiership Round 3
Saturday 5th December
Hosted by Gerringong SLSC

FSC Branch Junior Carnival
Sunday 13th December
Hosted by Narooma SLSC

SURF LIFESAVERS COVID-SAFE ON PATROL THIS SEASON


With summer fast approaching and what is anticipated to be one of the busiest patrol seasons on record, Surf Life Saving NSW has distributed personal protective equipment(PPE) to surf clubs and branches to ensure volunteer surf lifesavers are protected while on duty. 

With hotter than average temperatures forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology leading into summer, and with more Australians holidaying locally rather than overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, beachgoers are expected to flock to Australian beaches in greater numbers than ever this patrol season.

More info

TOP NSW LIFESAVERS HONOURED AT THE 2020 STATE AWARDS

The achievements of Surf Life Saving NSW’s finest were celebrated at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence on Saturday 29 August. Over 180 finalists, along with their friends, family and the wider Surf Life Saving community, took part in the virtual awards ceremony.

The annual Awards of Excellence event celebrates the outstanding achievements of volunteer surf lifesavers across surf sports, education, administration, membership and lifesaving. 

This year, the awards were hosted virtually due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The state’s top surf lifesavers were honoured in front of their peers with members from across NSW joining the virtual event via live streaming.

The Services Team of the Year was awarded to the Batemans Bay Bushfire Response Team, Batemans Bay SLSC.

We watched the virtual awards in anticipation as our very own cadet Elli Beecham was nominated in the Youth Athlete of the Year category.

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