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Spotlight on Father and Daughter team Jochen and Sophie Valdeck

1.What brought you to Bronte SLSC?

When I was in year 7 at St Catherine’s, one of my friends (Alice Tricks) was doing nippers and she invited me along. Once I started coming I fell in love with Bronte. I took a break during year 11 and 12, but once I finished school dad roped me back in to get my Bronze and join the IRB team

My two daughters Sophie and Emily decided to join Bronte Nippers after being invited by a school friend. As I could only assist them in the water by doing my Bronze I signed up for a Bronze Course in 2008.

2. Your own childhood - was it beach, bush or burbs?

There was definitely a lot of beach in my childhood but probably more harbour beaches like Nielsen Park and Parsley Bay, so when I came to Bronte I definitely needed to get used to the waves!

I grew up in West-Berlin which has a large number of lakes, rivers and swimming pools, so water and swimming was the main summer entertainment. I joined a local swim club when I was around 11 and did squad training for several years. When counting pool tiles became boring I joined the water polo team and played in the local competition. After changing clubs a few years later, I was given the opportunity to play in the second Bundesliga* before migrating to Australia with my wife at the age of 26.

3. What do you do around the Club?

I’m a member of patrol 6 and a crew person on the IRB team.

After doing my Bronze Medallion I very quickly completed my Crew Certificate and soon after joined the Bronte IRB Team and Patrol 19 with our current Club Captain James McLennan as my Patrol Captain.

When I joined the IRB team in 2008, the IRB shed and the available IRB gear was in need of some major work/fixing.

With financial support from the club and the help of our in-house engineer Jason King, we started an action plan to convert the shed to what it is now.

Having functional gear and a tidy IRB shed makes it easy for drivers and crewies to come down to the beach and do their patrol. Their main focus can be on rescuing swimmers and surfers in need of help instead of worrying whether the engine is going to start or stop working when a 3 m wave is chasing them!

4. What's your favorite Bronte 'moment'?

Probably doing the Silver Medallion ‘Search and Rescue’ Course. One of the reasons I keep signing up for Bronte every year is for a sense of adventure and excitement. Everything on that course fulfilled that. There was a night search, rock jumps, line searches and deep dives to retrieve mannequins.

It is difficult to say as there are so many moments which stand out: Receiving the Frank Norton Clubman of The Year award a few years back was a great moment and of course also the President’s Award a few years later but what counts most for me is that I was given the honour to lead the Bronte IRB Team as the IRB Captain for the last 6 years. 

5. What would you tell anyone who wanted to become more involved in the Club?

Do it! It’s only a once a month commitment but you will want to come down more. I’ve made so many friends and learnt so much since being part of Bronte and there is no better feeling than when you help someone who is in trouble on the beach. All the training courses are fantastic and once you get your Bronze medallion, you’ll just want to keep up-skilling.

Take the opportunity to meet people and give back to the community.

(*) Editor’s note: this is a huge deal, Jochen is being very modest here :)

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Bronte's Club Championships - Sunday, 29th April

Rally your fellow patrollers, cadets, water safety mates, basically anyone with their SRC or Bronze, and get set for a morning of friendly team-based competition.

Events will be Swim Team, Board Relay, Board Rescue, Cameron Relay and Beach Relays.

Invite your friends and family down to cheer you on!

Sign on is at 8:45am where you will be allocated to a team.

Races will start at 9am.

There will be some prizes and celebrate that afternoon at Sunday Sips (last day of Patrols as well!) Will be a good laugh and chance to have a few drinks together upstairs.

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Good Luck at The Aussies

Wishing all the Bronte Competitors making the long trip to Scarbrough, WA to compete at the Australian Championships 2018 the best of luck.

Go Bronte

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Anzac Day Remembrance Service

In the tradition of memorable Bronte SLSC Anzac Day Services, we send out an invitation for everyone to join us again this year.

At this family friendly hour, it would be great to see all our Bronte members young and old experience this special occasion.

Meet at The Bronte Ocean Pool Wednesday, 25th April at 10am for a 10.30 march followed immediately by the service in front of the club house.Following the service the surf club bar will be open, continuing long into the day with food available.

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Jo Mermaid's April School Holidays Nipper Camp

Whilst the Nipper season has just finished, there’s opportunity to continue training and improving one’s skills with Mermaid’s upcoming Nipper Camps in the April school holidays. The camps run for 4 consecutive days in the mornings and are a great way to keep building and gaining confidence in the surf and open water for both board paddling and surf swimming! Bronte Nippers members also get 10% discount off!

Simply use the code “BRONTE” when enrolling online using the links below.

Wk 1 | 16 April - 19 April | 9am - 12pm - BOOK HERE (& use “BRONTE” for the discount code)

Wk 2 | 23 April - 26 April | 9am - 12pm - BOOK HERE (& use “BRONTE” for the discount code)

Mermaid Jo would love to see you join her infamous nipper camps these holidays and continue the surf stroke even after the Nipper Season is done & dusted.

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Bronte SLS Club goes to the Royal National Park

Bronte patrollers have an opportunity to patrol at Garie on the weekend of 14/15 April 2018

Garie Beach is in the beautiful Royal National Park a bit over an hour drive away. It is a beautiful spot and can oscillate between serenity and handling a deluge of daytrippers bringing some serious search and rescue work when things go wrong - think supporting helicopter rescues from the Figure 8 pools, bushfire evacuations, and accidents and dehydration by inexperienced bushwalkers to Wedding Cake Rock.

In addition to a weekend of upskilling - Garie is a very large beach so lots of opportunity for board, IRB and search and rescue training - we will enjoy a social bbq on the deck on the Saturday evening (and yes, you can come just for the bbq). If you want to stay, bring a mattress and a sleeping bag. Also your patrol uniform etc!

If you are interested in spending the weekend at the Royal, or just signing on for a shift over the weekend, please send an email to

This is also a great chance to really bulk up your patrol hours for all those keen beans chasing 100 hours!


Japan - Australia Lifesaving Exchange Program

Are you a surf lifesaver, 20 or older, interested in sharing your lifesaving skills overseas?

The Japan-Australia Lifesaving Exchange is seeking four enthusiastic surf lifesavers to instruct water safety programs, and enhance local safety management and drowning prevention for three weeks in Japan.

Registrations are now open, closing on 27 April 2018.

For details and to express your interest, log into the Members Portal, head to the 'news' section, and make sure you have 'national' selected.

Register now ->

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Bronte Splashers Winter Swimming Club

Bronte Splashers Winter Swimming Club will start it’s 97th season on Sunday May 6th and continue every week until September.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities welcome. Meet weekly at Bronte Pool to register at 9.15am every Sunday morning.

Events normally last around two hours then a presentation bbq in the park after if keen.

Enquiries to or just arrive, no booking required.

See you there,Martin Palfrey-Club Captain

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Bronte Bar is open this Sunday from 3pm for Sunday Sips.

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Please note the office is now closed on Sundays untill next season. For all admin/patrol enquirers please contact the office Tuesday to Fridays 9:30am to 2:30pm.

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AM: 8:45am to 12:45pm
Patrol 4
PC: Ally Woodford
VC: Richard Davis

PM: 12:30pm to 4pm
Patrol 5
PC: Tony Nolan
VC: Geoff Golovsky

IRB Crews

AM: 8:30am to 12.15pm
IRB Driver: TBC
IRB Crew: Mitchell Tourle

PM: 12:15pm to 4pm
IRB Driver: Cam Miles
IRB Crew: Andrew Digges

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AM: 8:30am to 11:15am
Patrol 10
PC: Coleen O'Neill
VC: Maca Navarrete Balart

MID: 11am to 1:45pm
Patrol 12
PC: Sam Pearlman
VC: Roger Kermode

PM: 1:30pm to 4pm
Patrol 20
PC: Mike Weale
VC: Matt Wade

IRB: 8:30am to 12:15pm
IRB Driver: Stuart King
IRB Crew: Ben Little

IRB: 12:15pm to 4pm
IRB Driver: Andrew Ferguson
IRB Crew: Jerry Lahra


Wednesday, 25th April 2018:    Anzac Day

Sunday, 29th April 2018:          Club Championships Day

Sunday, 3rd June 2018:            Senior Presentation  

Saturday, 16th June 2018:       Back to Bronte for Veterans Day - more details to follow.

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