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launch in the Wollongong Mall
Friday the 4th of October our long time sponsors Dwyers organised
a season launch for us in the Wollongong Mall to coincide
with the release of the new VY Commodore. We set up an impressive
lifesaving display, sold sausage sandwiches and collected
donations for the Rookie program. Thanks to all those who
assisted on the day. We are planning a bigger and better launch
day also saw Lord Mayor Alex Darling presenting us with a
cheque for $20,000. This was an agreed amount Wollongong City
Council paid to us to enter negotiation of a service agreement
between Clubs and Council.
Crewperson Proficiency Towradgi
the 13th October saw over 90 IRB crewpersons from Illawarra
Clubs meet at Towradgi beach to do their in-depth proficiency
test to upgrade them to the new IRB Crewpersons award. Many
thanks to the examiners who assisted on the day. The picture
above shows Don Allan - Patrol Director showing correct crewing
position and prelaunch checks. Then it was down to the beach
for the practical crewing examination.
IRB Crewperson Proficiencies have to be completed by the 31st
Monitoring and Recording
"Illawarra surf" radio monitoring and recording
system has been commissioned and is running well. Any events
can now be reviewed by listening to the recordings of the
events on any patrol day. It is also helping reduce the improper
use of radios on our emergency rescue channel. Shown above
is the XRS control interface. A typical radio log from a patrol
day is "sandwiched" into a 20min audio file occupying
20 Mb of harddisk space. These files are then being burnt
on to CD for long term storage.
news and information can be found at our website www.illawarrasurf.com
honour the Bali victims
Sunday 20th October lifesavers and beachgoers at Australian
beaches showed their respect by holding a minutes silence
for the victims of the recent tragedy at Kuta beach in Bali.
Shown in the picture above the patrol members on duty at Austinmer
Beach remember the lost and others affected by the tragedy.
There are Life Savers and family of members from SLSA clubs
in the missing.
Lunch & Race Day
25th October 11.30am for 12.00 start lunch organised by Clubs
NSW to raise money for Surf Life Saving. Great meal, drinks,
comedy and charity auction. There are still tickets available
from Dapto Leagues Club at $45 each.
26th October Race Day at Kembla Grange. First race 11.30am.
have all your car raffle money in to Surf House by Wednesday
Sandon Point clubhouse inspection on the 14th revealed a club
with many members but without changeroom facilities for women
and young children. Wollongong City Council have $90,000 in
their budget to build a Lifeguard tower at Sandon Point but
after the inspection and report back to the Surf Liaison Committee
Greg Fisher from Wollongong City Council is now thinking it
would be better spent upgrading currect lifeguarding facilities
in the present building. I am sure club members would agree
next building committee inspection will be on Mon 28th October
and will commence at Woonona at 5.30pm before progressing
to Bulli for an inspection.
Surf Sports Calendar
be conducted over the weekend of the 30th November - 1st December.
Prerequisite is a Level One Officials Qualification. Those
interested please contact Course Facilitator Jim Starkey on
Life Saver Appeal Day on November 9 it has been proven that
taking nippers on your doorknock works wonders in maximising
your returns. Travel in a group - 2 senior members in yellow
patrol shirts and 2 nippers in club caps and club UV vest.
When the householders see the smiling faces and outstretched
arms of the children holding the money bag they cannot resist
giving them wads of hard earned cash.
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