February 2020

Copa Surf Club and our valued volunteers are finally catching our collective breath after a super-busy holiday period. On Feb 2 we hosted the Central Coast Branch Carnival welcoming approximately 900 nippers from all over the coast. It was great seeing so many kids having a red hot go and giving the numerous events their best. What was also rewarding for our club was the large group of parents who joined the age managers and committee to set up and pack down the beach. It was a huge effort by many and showed the kind of community spirit we need to build and strengthen the club. Another recent highlight was Australia Day with great weather, awesome crowds and no dramas. It was a perfect patrolling day.

The stronger we can make Copacabana SLSC, the safer the beach will be and the more ways we can support the community. An example of this is our Community Yoga on Wednesdays at 8am. We have partnered with local Yoga instructors who offer the classes free of charge. Community Yoga is an opportunity to thank those who support us as a club.

The Jaws Bistro was a wonderful success with good numbers of diners most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and its likely we will look to do the same again next season. Our volunteer Bar Crew flew the flag for us over this busy summer.

As always, WeekEnders will continue each Friday and the first Friday each month we will run Week Enders - Live and Local. If we can build a decent following we will consider continuing through the winter months. Meanwhile, the season continues and patrols are at their post. 

Finally, it is appropriate to acknowledge the hard work and subsequent losses to a fellow volunteer movement. The RFS provided many volunteer hours over the summer period, many more than would usually be required. For that we acknowledge their commitment and their efforts, as well as the sacrifices of their families as they give up their time with loved ones. Sadly, some of those loved ones were lost whilst performing their duties, and for that no words are sufficient. To all who volunteer to support their communities, we salute you all. 

Stay safe... 

Adam Richards president@copacabanaslsc.org.au

 

December 2019

There is no doubt a surf club compares to that old analogy of a swan swimming on a pond – it can look graceful on top but underneath those feet are paddling like mad. If I applied that to our club at this present time, we would be more duck than swan and those feet would be something ‘Thorpie’ would be proud of.

 

Copacabana SLSC is in a rebuilding stage. We are rebuilding our culture, our strategic direction, and with some good fortune, rebuilding parts of our club. Achieving change as many would know takes time and significant effort and that is what everyone involved in Copa Surf Club is contributing in spades at the moment. It is both rewarding and reassuring that there are new faces appearing (and reappearing) in the club ranks.

 

In our core business we also have a lot to share. We have a solid patrol culture at Copa and the patrols have got off to a strong start this season. We are keen to introduce another patrol by the end of the season and the Bronze Medallion course for anyone who is interested in learning how to patrol will start Jan 22. The training and camaraderie is what most of us join the club for and that was evident in a recent event when a member of the public collapsed in the street. The skills of our lifesavers were called upon that day and it has prompted us to propose another Community CPR session for Dec 7. CPR is such a valuable skill and we have highly qualified members (and professionals) keen to teach anyone who is willing. Details on our website but we must insist that you register so we know how many instructors we require (some needing to swap work shifts to attend)

 

On the social front, our Friday afternoon ‘Week-Enders’ is going from strength to strength and we have added a ‘Week-Enders – live and local’ session once a month to bring live music back to Copa. Its great to see our members and their guests wind down each week up on the balcony. Looking ahead, we have a pop-up bistro being run through January. If you have ever wanted to volunteer in our club but were never quite sure were to start, we are seeking willing RSA bar staff to help during that busy month (and beyond if you wish)

 

Otherwise, the beach is safe and we continue on our journey of change and improvement. We are always happy to hear from the community in how we can do things better so reach out to myself with any constructive feedback. On behalf of Copa SLSC and its members, I take this opportunity to wish all of Copa the happiest and safest of Christmas periods. 

 

Adam Richards president@copacabanaslsc.org.au

 

DATES for your diary:

 

  Community CPR – Saturday Dec 7, at 2pm (2hrs with bar open after)

  ‘Jaws’ Bistro: Dec 26 – Jan 25, 5-9pm, Friday to Sunday

  Bronze Medallion Course – Starts on Wednesday Jan 22

Join us on Friday afternoons from 5pm - 9pm at the Surf Club. All welcome. BAR OPEN, light catering for the adults and sausage sizzle for the kids. 

‘Live & Local’ sessions happen once a month.

September 2019

As the new season approaches we say thank you to outgoing President Jo Fraser for her past 3 years service. Jo remains on as our Junior Activities Coordinator, looking after the Nipper program for this season.
Posted 31st August 2019

The club has many facets - beach patrols, Nippers and the wider community, and we have placed renewed focus in each of these important areas. We have a strong beach operation and our patrolling members will continue to keep our beautiful - and occasionally dangerous - beach safe again this summer.

Nippers will see the return of some old favourites - floating pontoons, the Great Copa Car Rally and a focus on developing future lifesavers. As parents we all want our kids to understand the dangers in our own backyard. Copa SLSC will teach awareness and understanding of the beach and the ocean as a priority to our young Nippers, at the same time providing peace of mind to parents.

We serve the wider Copacabana community and we extend an invite to you all to connect with Copa SLSC. There is a place for everyone at the club. We look forward to seeing you all either on the beach, at one of our fundraisers or maybe just on Friday afternoons having a weekly wind-down at ‘Weekenders’.

Don’t forget these key dates:

Member Registration – Fri Sept 6 (5:30 -7:30pm), Sun Sept 8 (3-5pm) & Sat Sept 14 (3-5pm)

The Great Copa Car Rally – September 14 at 2pm 

Flags up – September 28

Nippers starts – October 13

President  

Adam Richards

June 2019

A vital part of the Copa community Posted 1st June 2019

 

After nearly six thousand hours of beach patrols by more than eighty members of the Surf Lifesaving Club, the flags are down and the season is officially over until October. The beach is patrolled from October to April, allowing us all to enjoy those wonderful waves and warm days for much of the year - so much a part of the Copa lifestyle. 

 

Patrol members have given up their weekends and public holidays to ensure our safety in the water and the CCA and the whole community is very grateful to them and the Club.

 

The Surf Lifesaving Club will be holding their AGM on June 30 at 3pm at the Club. All old and new members are welcome to attend. If you and your family are looking to get involved in the local community and help to provide an essential service here at Copa then go along and hear about the many roles the Club has to offer. You can take a look at their website for more information about roles and responsibilities.
Go to: copacabanaslsc.org.au

 

Another way to support Copacabana SLSC is to host your next function there: be it a wedding, engagement, birthday celebration or some other special event, you can’t get a better location and view of the beach.  Please contact the Club’s Event Co-ordinator at copaslsc.functions@gmail.com to arrange an inspection or for more information.

 

The CCA would like to thank the SLSC and President Jo Fraser in particular for playing an essential role in the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. From helping with set-up to participating in the ceremony, the Surf Lifesaving Club was involved from the early hours until the end of the service.  Jo read The Ode from For the Fallen & the Club laid a wreath alongside members of the Copa community and representatives from veterans’ groups. 

 

We highly value the contribution the team at Copacabana SLSC makes to Copa life and like them, look forward to seeing you ‘between the flags’ next year.

March 2019

What a great start to the year!

 

Our volunteers having already spent over 1000 hours patrolling the beach. This summer holiday season we saw record crowds on the beach with no major incidents. On Christmas Day we asked our patrol members to assist in patrolling the beach front. Thank you to the amazing crew of people that were able to give up some of their day with family and friends to patrol on Christmas Day. Whilst our patrol members have been busy watching our beachfront, some of our members also offered up their Sunday on February 3rd to patrol The Entrance Beach. Thank you to those members who were able to offer their time, it was greatly appreciated. .

 

This Rockstars program is for our local children and their families who have physical and mental limitations and diversities. The Copacabana Rockpool RockStars Program is a revised Nippers program that has been created to run along side our regular Nippers to give our RockStars the chance to be on the beach with their friends and family experiencing what is an important aspect of our beach lifestyle and culture. Ensuring they too feel valued members of our community.

 

The funds raised by the Taste & Tunes night held in September has been used to bring this program to life and having expensive equipment donated from local businesses like Flooring Xtra makes it even more amazing for the kids!

The Nipper season is coming to an end with our last week being a twilight session before the kids head to State Carnival in Swansea/Belmont on the 1/2/3 March. We wish all the kids the best of luck and lots fun. On February 3rd our Nippers attended Branch Carnival. We had a great day and were able to bring home the bronze medal for the All Age Relay - well done team. Not only are the Nippers busy competing at carnival, we also had Doug compete at Branch Carnival coming away with a couple of medals in his events. Well done Doug, amazing effort. 

This year we introduced the Rockpool Rockstars Inclusive program, which allowed 6 kids to participate as Nippers. They have all had a great season and built some comfort around the beach and water. We would like to thank all the age managers of the Nippers and members of the community who partnered up with our Rockstars. It would not be possible without all these volunteers offering up their time every Sunday morning. A special thank you to Upstairs Wines, Flooring Xtra and Avoca Butcher for their donations to make this program possible. 

 

We have been very fortunate to have received funding from the state government to continue with improvements to our club. In February we were presented with a cheque for $34,000, which will allow us to upgrade the Del Monte Drive roller door, refurbish the gym for our members, complete painting the interior and many other improvements. We are truly thankful for this funding and to Adam Crouch who continues to provide support to get these much needed funds to our club and community. 

On February 4th our Nippers went to Branch Carnival at Soldiers Beach. It was a great turnout to support Copacabana Junior Lifesaver, Zane Hartwell, along with the rest of the branch representatives. Well done Zane and thank you for representing our club. 

 

In January the club hosted the 3rd and final round of Newcastle Permanent Iron Person. It was a great day with beautiful conditions to start the day, turning very cold with a southerly that blew in at 11am, making conditions challenging for the older age groups. This was a very successful day for competitors and our club. Thank you again to all the volunteers in the club who assisted in making the running of the day seamless, it was greatly appreciated.

We have some exciting activities coming up for the community:

  • Weekenders every Friday night 4-8pm upstairs. Come along with family and friends, enjoy a refreshing drink whilst enjoying some dinner which is prepared by our volunteers. There is a different menu each week. 
     

  • AGM will be held on the 30th June at the Surf Club. All welcome.

welcomes children to our Nippers program

great way to foster team spirit and camaraderie. It’s also a good way for parents to get to know other families, especially if they are new to Copa. Artie’s Place can sell you a great coffee or bacon and egg roll to enjoy while you watch the kids do their stuff.

To find out more about registering your child for Nippers, contact Michael Magriplis, Director Member Services on magripm@gmail.com or our Junior Activities Coordinator Michelle Strode at:

jaccopa2251@ gmail.com

Every Sunday morning from October to March, you will see a group of excited youngsters down at the beach participating in Copa Nippers program with kids from their own age group and the broader Nippers squad groups. 

Nippers is for children aged 5yrs+ at September 30 (i.e. if your child is aged 9, they will be in the U10 group). It’s a fun way for kids to learn about beach safety and get involved in a healthy, outdoor activity with their peers. They can also participate in surf competitions and interact with kids from other local surf clubs. 

There are three Club Championship /Point Score sessions throughout the season for U8 to U14 age groups, where points are recorded for each child in each event and the best two point score days results are used to award age champion titles. 

These point score days are also used for team selections for carnivals.  U6 and U7 age groups also participate in point score days and are awarded place ribbons on the day.  However these age groups are not awarded age championships – because they’re all “Champions” of course!

Nippers runs from 9:00 to 10:00am with parent / guardian sign-ins by 8.45am. During the season there are “Twilight” Nippers on a Saturday afternoon.

The Nippers program focuses on both surf education and fun and is a

November 2018

NIPPER ROCKSTARS A GREAT SUCCESS

 

On Sunday 4th November the first Copacabana SLSC Inclusive Nippers Program was held and was a great success.

 

This Rockstars program is for our local children and their families who have physical and mental limitations and diversities. The Copacabana Rockpool RockStars Program is a revised Nippers program that has been created to run along side our regular Nippers to give our RockStars the chance to be on the beach with their friends and family experiencing what is an important aspect of our beach lifestyle and culture. Ensuring they too feel valued members of our community.

 

The funds raised by the Taste & Tunes night held in September has been used to bring this program to life and having expensive equipment donated from local businesses like Flooring Xtra makes it even more amazing for the kids!

October 2018

BECOME A NIPPER!

 

Surf Life Saving is a great activity for growing a child's confidence, knowledge and skills in the beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends, they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years.

Nippers is a fun way for children aged 5 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Junior Development Program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will give them a pathway to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport.

REGISTRATION

You can register at Nippers on Sunday mornings before each lesson from 8.30am. The season runs from October to March.

 

To see membership fees and to find out more please visit the Copa SLSC website HERE

This video courtesy of Surf Life Saving NSW

The flags on the beach are raised. Patrols started on 29 Sept 2018. 

 

We have 8 patrols this year made up of dedicated, trained and proficient volunteer surf lifesavers. You will see them setting up on the beach every Saturday and Sunday morning (and public holidays) and also around the surf club getting the ATV (vehicle with the fat tyres that goes on the sand!) and the IRB equipment (the orange rubber boat!) ready. If you are having a coffee or a bite to eat at the cafe come over and say hi to our patrolling members - they volunteer their time to keep us safe on the beach. Our Director of Surf Lifesaving this season is Gordon Smith aka “Smudge” who runs a very coordinated beach patrol program and is one of our valuable IRB trainers.

 

 

Surf Lifesaving NSW has introduced a new membership category for all surf clubs across NSW - as a result Copacabana SLSC has introduced this new category this season - Community Membership for people who would like to contribute to the surf lifesaving movement but might be unable to participate in beach sports as such. Surf Life Saving is a not for profit organisation which supports the community with volunteers on the beach every weekend & public holidays. We aim to ensure that our beach goers are safe and educated on where to swim while enjoying the varying waters of Copacabana beach.

 

Our surf club needs support from the community in volunteer roles 

Whether you are doing a course to help on the beach or working in the bar or another area around the club or supporting our young Nippers crew - all are welcome to come and see what it is all about.

One of the valuable activities we offer is our surf lifesaving training courses held at the surf club. Ash Capps is our Director of Education and with our team of local trainers he is about to start some new training courses in October for Bronze medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate and other courses. If you are interested email Ash at: copaslscedu@gmail.com or drop down to the club on one of our rego days to connect with us and find out more.

 

On most Sundays the Nippers run a BBQ where you can grab a yummy bacon and egg or sausage sandwich to start your day....all profits from the BBQ go towards assisting our young Nippers with equipment and to compete in surf carnivals.

 

For further information on any of our club activities or to find out how to get involved feel free to contact our Director of Administration: Fiona Duignan on admin@copacabanaslsc.org.au or jump onto our website www.copacabanaslsc.org.au or Facebook page.

 

We look forward to seeing you around the club and beach this year.

May/June 2018

Thank you to the community for observing the red and yellow flags and choosing Copacabana beach to enjoy your summer. This season we performed successful rescues and our volunteer patrolling members devoted numerous hours of their time to keep Copacabana Beach safe on the weekends. The Executive Committee of Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club would like to thank all the patrol members who volunteered their time on the beach over the season….it is greatly appreciated. The surf lifesaving season is officially closed for the winter. It’s a timely

reminder that we still continue to provide aquatic rescue services in supporting NSW Police through emergency call outs. We have a group of volunteers who are on our emergency callout team for Copacabana SLSC. We sincerely hope their services will not be required throughout

the off season.

In early May we held our Junior awards presentation which was very well attended by our local families and their Nippers. Awards for our young people included: Nipper of the Year, Surf Lifesaver of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Our younger Nippers were very proud of the medals and trophies they received for their efforts! In late May we will have our Senior Awards presentation which will recognise the achievements of members throughout the 2017/18 surf lifesaving season.

Our AGM was held in June/July this year. We have roles across our club in a range of areas to either operate or oversee surf life saving programs or to support these programs via administrative work, fundraising help and social activity coordination. Many hands make light work. So if you are interested, all you need to do is become a club member and nominate at the AGM. We encourage you to join our Surf Life Saving Club to share the benefits of membership including: comradeship, teamwork and community spirit.

To contact the club you can email Fiona Hobbs –  admin@copacabanaslsc.org.au

RIP AWARENESS

A rip is a strong, localised, and narrow current of water which moves directly away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves like a river running out to sea, and is strongest near the surface of the water. Rip currents can be hazardous to people in the water.

Rips are complex, can quickly change shape and location and sometimes are difficult to see. Things to look out for are, deeper dark coloured water; fewer breaking waves; a rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters; anything floating out to sea or foamy, sandy, discoloured water flowing out beyond the waves.

There are many myths about the ocean. Many people think it’s just tourists and poor swimmers who get caught in rip currents. In fact, it’s young men aged 15-39 years who are most likely to die in rips. Rips are the number one hazard on Australian beaches. The best way to avoid a rip is to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.

If you find you are caught in a rip it is important you stay calm and consider your options.

•  If people are within sight, raise your arm and seek help.

•  Relax and float with the current as it may bring you back to shore.

•  Swim parallel to the shore OR towards breaking waves and use them to help you in.

•  Continually reassess your situation; if what you’re doing isn’t working try another option until rescued or you make it back to shore.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS!

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