It didn't quite look like summer this weekend, but we are only a couple of weeks away! We have however had some busy weekends on patrol over the last few weeks. Special mention must go to Patrol 3 captained by Alain Dupuis and Michele Kaye - back on the afternoon of 3 November they performed over 17 rescues and were kept busy for the entire afternoon in some testing conditions. The IRB was giving plenty of free rides back to the beach.
Thank you to Scott Freeman, Rene Schneider, and Anna Alvsdotter who have recently filled in on patrols when we have been short of an award. I would also like to thank Cristina Curtis, Graham Maher and Col Tansley for their continuous efforts to keep the patrol gear and radios in order.
We look forward to welcoming some SRC members onto patrols following next weekend when they complete their exam. Good luck and see you on patrol soon!
Proficiencies: Whilst all scheduled bronze, ARTC and Spinal proficiencies are now complete, we will be putting on a couple more between now and 31 December. If you are not yet proficient, please check the website in about a week's time for these dates. There are still two IRB proficiencies scheduled for 30th November and 14th December, 7am. Thanks to the Director of Education, Tony Tier and his team of assessors and instructors for running these for us.
ARTC Course: There will be an ARTC course commencing in the next few weeks and this will run until late December. Start date to be confirmed shortly, please contact the Chief Instructor to register your interest.
Patrol 9 needs more members: Patrol 9 is very short on members. If you would be willing to transfer to patrol 9 from your existing patrol, either by yourself or with a few friends, please contact me to discuss – your help would be greatly appreciated.
A general reminder of patrol guidelines to be followed:
1. You are required to spend your patrol hours patrolling the beach. Please do not leave the beach without the authorisation of your Patrol Captain.
2. You MUST sign on and off. Advise patrol captain of arrival and qualifications and have your hours endorsed by your Patrol Captain BEFORE you leave the patrol area. If you do not do this, your hours may NOT be recognised.
3. At AM/PM changeover, please allow the PM patrol to sign on and take their places on the beach/substitute the AM patrol members, before the AM patrol signs off. This will ensure we have the beach covered during this period which is often a busy time of the day.
4. If you are unable to do a patrol due to illness or any other reason, you MUST contact your Patrol Captain. The admin office is CLOSED on weekends and public holidays so if you leave a phone message at the office it is unlikely that your Patrol Captain will get it.
Water Safety for the Inflatable Boat Race: This is a charity event that has been held over the last few years. I am after three people to do water safety (board) from 10am-11:30am on Sunday 8th December. The race will be held off Manly Beach or Shelly Beach depending on conditions. Please contact me if you are able to assist.
Manly Junior Carnival: Thank you to all volunteers who assisted to make this carnival a great success, and well done to Manly Nippers for winning the event on 719 points.
Congratulations to all those who have completed their HSC and can now look forward to some relaxation, and well done to all those in recent competitions – First Aid, Coolangatta Gold, Sydney Water Series. We have also had 18 members selected for the Interbranch Team and Rachel Crerar chosen as Team Captain – well done Rachel!
A reminder that the club swim is on Sundays following nippers, open to everyone, and also the Dolphins squad trains a couple of times a week if you would like to improve your board and surf skills.
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