Come and join the Northern Beaches award winning Narra Water Rats Program at Narrabeen Beach SLSC
Narra Water Rats Captain Season 2016-17 is Mali Tauro-Cesca (also Winner of Gloria Cook Rookie of Year Award Season 15-16.)
Season 2013-14 saw the launch of a brand new initiative at Narrabeen Beach Surf Club.
The concept being to actively engage our Under 14 through to 21 year old Members, keeping them involved in Lifesaving at Narrabeen Beach SLSC. Our original Season 13-14 launch started very small, with only around six members attending, we discussed the importance of youth membership at the club, and launched the concept, by voting on an official name.
The name was agreed as the “Narra Water Rats”, named after the water rats that reside in, and around the Narrabeen area.
Key Focus: Encourage strong youth development and participation in all areas of club life, with a view to ensuring the future sustainability of Narrabeen Beach SLSC.
We do this by pulling together all elements of the Club to support this growth initiative, including our Lifesaving Team, Youth and Membership Development, Education Team, and Surf Sports.
The program is essentially the “bridge” from Nippers through to becoming active patrolling members,progressing through awards to Patrol Captain levels and beyond! Any members are welcome to participate in any activities, and contribute to the success of this program.
Narrabeen now has over 35 Narra Water Rats actively engaged in lifesaving and community activities.
Activities Season 2015-16 were as follows:
- SRC Training commenced 10th October 2015, Assessment Date: 15th Nov 11.30am at Narrabeen Beach SLSC.
- Gold Medallion Sat 10th October (10am-12pm) motivational talk with guest speaker Liam Knight
- Active Patrolling Duties on designated Training Patrols: Patrol 6 “The Substitutes ” Patrol 9 “The Bronze Whalers” and Patrol 12 “The Grown Ups
- Wet N Wild Sydney patrol duties with their Nipper Program ( Sun 29th Nov 2015)
- North Steyne SLSC ( Wet n Wild Nippers visiting North Steyne) – Water Safety provision (10th Jan 2016 9am-11am )
- Weekend patrol assistance to Garie SLSC Southern Branch (12th/13th Mar 2016)
- Ski Training with Narrabeen’s Master Competitors(minimum age 15 years)
- Surf Life Saving identified Education pathways with our Education Team
Narra Water Rats Program wins Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches (SLSSNB) Presidents Award Season 2014-15.
2014 / 15 marked the first full season for the Narra Water Rats and we welcome all new and returning, SRC members, young Bronze Medallion trainees, and current BM holders progressing through to further awards. We now have around 18 Narra Water Rats at Narrabeen, and we are hoping to grow this further. You may not wish to be an Active Patrolling Member, but are interested in the Community Service side of our Club such as helping out in the kiosk or coffee shop, or assisting our Nippers each Sunday.
Key Activities Completed :
- SRC members to transition through to Bronze Medallion qualifications ( minimum age 15 years );
- Patrol 6 and 9 have been designated as “training” patrols, designed to provide on the job active patrol training;
- Patrol Exchange weekend Narra Water Rats travelled to Bellambi SLSC for Sunday 1st March 15 patrol, including all day stopover at Jamberoo Water Park Sat 28th February 15
- Narra Water Rats on Patrol at Sydney’s Wet N Wild – Sunday 15th March 2015;
- Senior Club mentor support;
Season 2013-14 Activities included:
Patrol Exchange – Taree/Old Bar Surf Club
One of the first activities for the Water Rats was a patrol exchange at Taree/Old Bar SLSC on the NSW North Coast. The Water Rats – along with other Narrabeen patrolling members – volunteered their time to support the Old Bar Surf Club as it goes through a period of regrowth and development. The Water Rats went on patrol and also participated in night time “Search and Rescue” exercises, gaining a wealth of experience from the exchange.
A games night was held in May 2014, encouraging the Water Rats to get together down the Surf Club to enjoy PlayStation and pizza. While it was mainly the male Water Rats that came along, the night was lots of fun and provided a valuable opportunity for bonding and enjoyment.
Rotary International 2014 Convention:
The final activity involved the Water Rats joining many senior members of the Surf Club as flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony of Rotary International’s 2014 Sydney Convention. During the two-day event, we carried flags in front of thousands of Rotary members from countries around the world. Many of the Water Rats revelled in the experience, as the weekend offered an opportunity to not only represent the club, but also surf lifesavers around Australia.
Come and join us, as we work towards the success of this growth initiative.
William McInnes (Water Rat’s Captain)