Club FAQs

Can I use Bronte Surf Club Function Centre for a Social Event?

Our function centre is available for hire and caters to any type of event or special occaison.

Please contact functions@brontesurfclub.com.au for more information and bookings.

Sorry but our club cannot cater for children's birthday parties.

Conditions of Active (15 - 18 Years) Membership

As a Junior Active member (15-18 years)  member of Bronte SLSC you agree to meet the following 3 responsibilities:

1)  Attend an annual skills maintenance session to keep your awards current
    Keep your Bronze Medallion and any other relevant qualification current by attending an annual skills maintence session.  Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB Crew and IRB Driver expire on 31st December each year.  If you obtained your Bronze Medallion between January & April you are required to attend a skills maintenance session prior to December in that same year. 

2) Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December

    The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all club activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  ALL club members (excluding nippers) are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours relating to the event (either pre, during or post the event).   With prior written approval from club administration you may substitute these voluntary hours for another club activity.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up click here.

    3) Attend Patrols or provide water safety for a minimum number of hours per season 
    We recognise that our Junior members are busy with school study and conflicting sporting commitments, we therefore make maintaining membership as easy as possible.  We therefore offer Junior Active's the following 2 options: 
    a) Do voluntary patrols or Water Safety to a minimum of 10 hours per season*
    Juniors may request not to be allocated to a patrol team.  These members must accrue at least 10 hours of combined voluntary patrols, and / or Water Safety hours in order to maintain the skills and knowledge required for their award. 
      -or-
      b) Be allocated to a regular Patrol Team - equivalent to approximately 30 hours per season 
      If you elect to be a member of a regular patrol team you are required attend all rostered patrols or find a substitute if you are unable to attend.  The club provides an interactive swap forum SWAPSEA for members to find patrol substitutes. Full responsibilities of all patrolling members including cadets are detailed in the club Regulations

*COMPETITORS:  All competitors from U15 up to Masters must accrue a minimum of 25 hours per calendar year to comply with Surf Lifesaving Australia Competition requirements .   View the full policy here

Each year that you meet the minimum requirements for your membership category counts towards Long Service membership. 

What if I don’t meet my commitments?

    Failure to attend an annual skills maintenance session
    It is a Surf Life Saving Australia requirement that all member Awards are current for the volunteer role they perform.  I.E. Surf Rescue Certificate, IRB Crew.  If you have not renewed your Award by 31st December in the year you are patrolling, you will no longer be able to patrol or provide water safety.  Your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season.  You will not have access to club equipment or facilities. 

    Failure to accrue a minimum of 10 patrol and or water safety hours per season
    If you are not allocated to a patrol and fail to log at least 5 voluntary hours either patrolling or water safety by 1st February of the current season your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season. 

    Rostered Patrols
    We rely on our members attending the patrol dates they are rostered to and we monitor member attendance throughout the season.  If you are a “no-show” for two or more rostered patrols your membership & club access tag will be suspended and you will be required to attend a judiciary panel of the Life Saving Committee to give reason why your membership should not be suspended for the remainder of the season.


Conditions of Active (18 years & over) Membership

As an Active member (15-18 years)  member of Bronte SLSC you agree to meet the following 3 responsibilities:

1)  Attend an annual skills maintenance session to keep your awards current

    Keep your Bronze Medallion and any other relevant qualification current by attending an annual skills maintence session.  Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB Crew and IRB Driver expire on 31st December each year.  If you obtained your Bronze Medallion between January & April you are required to attend a skills maintenance session prior to December in that same year. 

2) Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December

    The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all club activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  ALL club members (excluding nippers) are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours relating to the event (either pre, during or post the event).   With prior written approval from club administration you may substitute these voluntary hours for another club activity.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up click here.
     

    3) Accrue patrol or water safety hours to a minimum of 30 hours per season via one of the following two options: 

    a) Be part of a regular Patrol Team
    As a Bronze medallion holder you will be allocated to a set patrol team and will be required to attend all rostered patrols or find a substitute if you are unable to attend.  The club provides an interactive swap forum SWAPSEA for members to find patrol substitutes. Full responsibilities of all members are detailed in the club Regulations. 

      -or-
      b) As a nipper parent Water Safety Team member
      A minimum of 3 hours water safety or other voluntary contribution to the Bondi to Bronte Swim
      A minimum of 14 hrs logged water safety for Sunday Nippers per season
      Attend one 4 hour rostered Sunday afternoon per season. 
      Please note the above equals to 21 hours, if you would like to be eligible for Reserve Active membership you must accrue at least 30 hours per season.  

*COMPETITORS:  All competitors from U15 up to Masters must accrue a minimum of 25 hours per calendar year to comply with Surf Lifesaving Australia Competition requirements .   View the full policy here

Each year that you meet the minimum requirements for your membership category (30 logged hours) counts towards Long Service membership. 

What if I don’t meet my commitments?

    Failure to attend an annual skills maintenance session
    It is a Surf Life Saving Australia requirement that all member Awards are current for the volunteer role they perform.  I.E. Bronze Medallion, IRB Crew or IRB Driver.  If you have not renewed your Award by 31st December in the year you are patrolling, you will no longer be able to patrol or provide water safety.  Your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season.  You will not have access to club equipment or facilities. 

    Failure to accrue a minimum of 30 patrol and or water safety hours per season
    If you are not allocated to a patrol and fail to log at least 12 voluntary hours either patrolling or water safety by 1st February of the current season your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season. 

    Rostered Patrols 
    We rely on our members attending the patrol dates they are rostered to and we monitor member attendance throughout the season.  If you are a “no-show” for two or more rostered patrols your membership & club access tag will be suspended and you will be required to attend a judiciary panel of the Life Saving Committee to give reason why your membership should not be suspended for the remainder of the season.

    Failure to volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim
    The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  If you have committed to volunteer and do not attend on the day your membership will be suspended for the remainder of the season.  


Conditions of Cadet Membership

As a Cadet member of Bronte SLSC you agree to meet the following 3 responsibilities:

1)  Attend an annual skills maintenance session to keep your awards current
    Keep your Surf Rescue Certificate qualification (and IRB Crew if applicable) current by attending an annual skills maintenance session.  SRC & IRBC Awards expire on 31st December each year.

2) Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December

    The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all club activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  ALL club members (excluding nippers) are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours relating to the event (either pre, during or post the event).   With prior written approval from club administration you may substitute these voluntary hours for another club activity.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up click here.

    3) Attend Patrols or provide water safety to a minimum number of hours per season 
    We recognise that our Cadets have busy weekends with conflicting sporting commitments and aim to make the transition from Nipper to Cadet as easy as possible.  We therefore offer Cadets the following 2 options: 
    a) Do voluntary patrols or Water Safety to a minimum of 10 hours per season
    Cadets may request not to be allocated to a patrol team.  These members must accrue at least 10 hours of combined voluntary patrols, and / or Water Safety hours in order to maintain the skills and knowledge required for their award. 
      -or-
      b) Be allocated to a regular Patrol Team - equivalent to approximately 30 hours per season 
      If you elect to be a member of a regular patrol team you are required attend all rostered patrols or find a substitute if you are unable to attend.  The club provides an interactive swap forum SWAPSEA for members to find patrol substitutes. Full responsibilities of all patrolling members including cadets are detailed in the club Regulations

COMPETITORS:  All competitors from U15 up to Masters must accrue a minimum of 25 hours per calendar year to comply with Surf Lifesaving Australia Competition requirements .   View the full policy here

Each year that you meet the minimum requirements for your membership category counts towards Long Service membership. 

What if I don’t meet my commitments?

    Failure to attend an annual skills maintenance session
    It is a Surf Life Saving Australia requirement that all member Awards are current for the volunteer role they perform.  I.E. Surf Rescue Certificate, IRB Crew.  If you have not renewed your Award by 31st December in the year you are patrolling, you will no longer be able to patrol or provide water safety.  Your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season.  You will not have access to club equipment or facilities.

    Failure to accrue a minimum of 10 patrol and or water safety hours per season
    If you are not allocated to a patrol and fail to log at least 5 voluntary hours either patrolling or water safety by 1st February of the current season your membership will be suspended and your club access tag cancelled for the remainder of the season

    Rostered Patrols We rely on our members attending the patrol dates they are rostered to and we monitor member attendance throughout the season.  If you are a “no-show” for two or more rostered patrols your membership & club access tag will be suspended and you will be required to attend a judiciary panel of the Life Saving Committee to give reason why your membership should not be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Conditions of General Membership

1) Attend one or two BBQ shifts at nippers on Sunday morning.
 
The Sunday morning BBQ is a major source of income to fund equipment for nipper activities.  All nipper parents not providing Water Safety are required to help on the BBQ for at least one shift per season.  Shifts are rostered by age group and the roster is published at the start of the season.
 

2) 
  1. Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December each year. (or at another club fundraising event if applicable in that season)
    The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all club activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition. ALL club members (excluding nippers) are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours relating to the event (either pre, during or post the event).   With prior written approval from club administration you may substitute these voluntary hours for another club activity.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up click here.
Conditions of Long Service Membership


Long Service Members who wish to remain involved in Active duties must 
fulfill the following requirements

Any Long Service Member that wishes to continue to be active within the club as a lifesaver, water safety or competitor must maintain their relevant awards.  E.G. if you wish to provide water safety for nippers or the Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim.

Attend an annual skills maintenance to keep your awards current
Keep your Bronze Medallion & any other relevant qualification current by attending an annual skills maintenance session.  Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB Crew & IRB Driver expire on 31st December each year.  

Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December
The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  
In recognition of service to the club, it is not mandatory for Long Service members to volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte swim.  We do of course appreciate, and encourage all members to remain involved in this significant club event.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up
click here.  

What if I don’t meet my commitments? 

Failure to attend an annual skills maintenance 
All long service members that wish to remain active within the club or for competition must keep their Bronze Medallion Award current by attending a skills maintenance session before 31st December in the season you are registered.  Lapsed members are not able to patrol or provide water safety for the remainder of that season.  If your Bronze medallion award is lapsed for more than two seasons you may be required to attend an in-depth proficiency or for more than four seasons you may be required to re-do your bronze medallion should you wish to become active or compete.

Conditions of Reserve Active Membership

As a Reserve Active club member you agree to meet the 3 following requirements: 


1) Attend an annual skills maintenance to keep your awards current
Keep your Bronze Medallion & any other relevant qualification current by attending an annual skills maintenance session.  Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB Crew & IRB Driver expire on 31st December each year. 

2) Volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim – 1st Sunday in December
The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all club activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  ALL club members (excluding nippers) are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours relating to the event (either pre, during or post the event).   With prior written approval from club administration you may substitute these voluntary hours for another club activity.  For a full list of volunteer roles and to sign up click here.

3) Accrue a minimum of 12 patrol hours per season
As a Reserve Active club member you are not required to be part of a regular patrol team.  In that case, it is your responsibility attend patrols on a voluntary basis to a minimum of 12 hours within the season.  This is mandatory for members to be eligible for long service after two years. The minimum 12 hours required per season also corresponds with Surf Lifesaving Australia requirements for all competitors in the U15 and above age groups.
 - or –
If you choose to remain allocated to a set patrol team you will be required to attend all rostered patrols or find a substitute if you are unable to attend.  The club provides an interactive swap forum SWAPSEA for members to find patrol substitutes. 

Full responsibilities of all patrolling members are detailed in the club Regulations

What if I don’t meet my commitments? 

Failure to attend an annual Skills Maintenance session

It is a Surf Life Saving Australia insurance requirement that all member Awards are current for the volunteer role they perform.  I.E.  Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB Crew, IRB Driver.  If you have not renewed your Award by 31st December in the year you are patrolling, you will no longer be able to patrol or provide water safety.  Your membership and your club access tag will be suspended for the remainder of the season and you will not have access to club equipment or facilities.

Failure to accrue a minimum of 12 patrol hours per season

All reserve active members not allocated to a patrol team are required to log a minimum of 12 patrol hours per season.  If by 1st of February you have not accrued at least 4 patrol hours your membership and club access tag will be suspended and you will be required to attend a judiciary panel of the Life Saving Committee to give reason why your membership should not be suspended for the remainder of the season.
- or - 
Reserve Active allocated to a patrol team
We rely on our members attending the patrol dates they are rostered to and we monitor member attendance throughout the season.  If you are a “no-show” for two or more patrols your membership & club access tag will be suspended and you will be required to attend a judiciary panel of the Life Saving Committee to give reason why your membership should not be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Failure to volunteer at the Bondi to Bronte (B2B) Ocean Swim
The B2B is the clubs most important fundraising event for the season.  We raise vital funds to support all activities and provide equipment for Nippers, Education, Lifesaving and Competition.  If you have committed to volunteer and do not attend on the day your membership will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
How can I become a Parent Volunteer on Sundays?
If you would like to volunteer on the sand during nippers each sunday, you will need to join Bronte SLSC as a non-active nipper parent.

If you would like to volunteer as a water safetly personnel during nippers each sunday, you will need to join Bronte SLSC as an Award Member and complete your Bronze Medallion.
How can I get access to the Surf Club Gym and Facilities?

To access our gym and facilities you will need to be a Active Bronte Surf Club member. Gym membership is an additional membership cost of $250.00 per season.

How can I purchase Swimwear and Nipper Merchandise?

During the summer season all of our gear merchandise (swimwear and nippers gear) is sold on Sunday's along the Bronte Beach promonade from 8-11am. Mid-week you can pop into the office to pick up swimwear, 9-2pm.

How can I Sponsor the Club?

The simplest donation helps towrds the club. Please contact the club at communications@brontesurfclub.com.au

How do I become a Member?

To become a member of Bronte SLSC please go to "Join" page.

How do I get my Bronze Medallion?

See the Education Pages for details on our next course .

How do I know if my Child is ready to compete in Carnivals?

We encourage all children to have fun competing for Bronte Surf Club at local and state carnivals. Please speak directly to your Age Manager to discuss readiness of your individual child and the events/competitions you would like to enter them into.

How do I register or renew my child as a nipper?
  • If you or your child does not have a Members Portal account, create one here.
  • If you and your child do have a Members Portal account, login here and renew your child's and your membership. Ensure all details are up to date. Fees and instruction on how to pay are detailed on our Membership Fees page.
  • Nipper parent members can create Family Groups to manage their existing children's accounts without having to login to each separate account. Details can be found here.
  • New nippers must supply proof of age (birth certificate or passport). A copy of proof of age needs to be sent to nippers@brontesurfclub.com.au or via the postal address below. A photo taken of your child's proof of age using your mobile is acceptable.
  • Nipper parents and nippers in Under 8s group and above will need to attend skills maintenance assessment (formerly known as proficiency). Merchandise can be purchased at this time.
How old do I have to be to do my Bronze Medallion?

All bronze candidates have to be 15years and older at the time of examination.

What dates do Nippers break for during the Christmas School Holidays?

Last day of nippers before Christmas is Sunday 18th December 2016, and nippers will resume on Sunday 22nd January 2017. 

Please see nipper calendar for more detailed information.

What happens if I get injured?

If you get injured in a club related event, i.e. during patrol, you should contact the club immediately.

You will initially need to fill out an incident report, in the log book located in the patrol room cupboard.
Next you should access the documents:
Work Cover  notification of injury form
WorkCover and injury claim form
WorkCover Self-employed volunteers
Lastly for more information please see the WorkCover NSW brochure found on the website: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Pages/informationforbushfireemergencyrescueServicesvolunteers.aspx

What is the Nipper Uniform?

Nippers are required to wear Bronte Surf Club swimwear and the assigned Nipper Age group cap. You are encouraged to purchase other nipper gear such as rash shirts and tops, but these are not a requirement.

What Membership Category should I apply for?

Junior Activity Member: Nipper members U6-U14years.

Award Member: Nipper parents who hold their bronze medallion.

Active Membership: Members who are rostered onto our patrols.
 
Associate Membership: For adult members 35 years and over who do not wish to do patrols, but would like access to the gym and club facilities and who are prepared to help out at club events such as the Bondi2Bronte or weekly BBQ.

What time does Nippers start on a Sunday?

Nippers for U6 & U7 starts at 8am.
Nippers for U8-U10 starts at 9am.
Nippers for U11-U14 starts at 10am.

All age groups go for approximately 1 hour.

What times is the office open?

9am-2pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sundays 10-12pm during summer