May as well kick off with an understatement: Bronte is always good.
But this season 17/18 was off the charts!
We managed 155 recorded rescues, of which 73 were carried out on boards. We can hand on our heart say those lower Rescue stats are due to YOU as we led the branch with 8380 recorded preventatives. This massive pro-active effort has been commended by Branch and the Lifeguards. Patrols are observing and acting quicker with much more confidence from bottom to top as an autonomous team.
It was equally pleasing from a Club Captains patrol drop in point of view is a high percentage of those preventative actions were initiated via waterborne Patrollers. Great to see more and more members Patrolling the mid section and out the back on a Rescue Board or with a Tube herding the punters back between the flags or out of potential harms way. Being aquatically active, relevant and respected feels good doesn’t it. Thank you to all the members for taking up the fantastic weekly skills and post Bronze ongoing education training now being offered. Its a satisfying return on investment to those who are regularly providing and building on it across the Club!
The Club took its response to those stakeholder surveys "we want to get better at boards" seriously! Under the refocused guidance of James and the expert tutelage of Dave, supported by Troy in the ocean,
Tuesday mornings, Thursday mornings, Sunday afternoons, boards were grabbed from the racks, fears were overcome, or at least faced, and everyone came away much better than they started. Not only was the upskilling valuable, it was a great way to really break down the patrol silos and get everyone knowing everyone else.
Jochen - more about him later - supported by Jason, continued to lead his loyal band of IRB followers with boats heading off to do water safety for Carnivals up and down the coast.
The Team in the Office provided ongoing support, admin, information, and advice!
First Aid: Another amazing initiative this season has been Ally's excellent management supported by Kate of the First Aid Kits. The first aid kits are now little red boxes of everything you could ever require. This is critical to our work as first responders, but one that makes our job so much easier on those hot days on the sand. Thanks also to Macca for her vigilant management of the oxy-viba's.
Up in the skies, summer went on until just before Anzac Day which kept the beach and particularly the park, busy until well past sunset.
Christmas Day didn't deliver the smorgasbord of rescues dished up the previous year (sorry Ed). Being thankfully quite grey and overcast, it was a good chance to catch up with the other Boys in Blue who were patrolling the coast on their mountain bikes.
Of course last weekend's Club Championships was the perfect denouement. Club stalwarts on the sand really valued the show put on and the vibrancy of the members! 20 members to have a go at flags! Easy! Relays! no problem - we were fielding "C" teams!
"Have a go" became the motto of the season and one that has a compelling contagiousness about it!
Garry kept Wednesday mornings alive and took to the new technology so he could answer questions as they arose: "That's right, Wednesday, 6am, at Bondi".
With the patrol season signed off last Sunday, it is a good time to express deep and sincere gratitude for all the time our amazing volunteers contribute to keeping Bronte a safe place to swim and a fantastic little hub of community spirit!
Looking forward to seeing you in 2018/19
Train Hard - Rescue Easy - Have Fun !!!
PS: 2018/19, we are organising a Proficiency Carnival!!!
Vice Club Captain