Surf Life Saving NSW - 2ST

Burrill channel rescue a close call for non-swimmer



A Canberra woman says she lucky to be alive after being rescued from a fast moving channel at the entrance to Burrill Lake on Sunday.

A non-swimmer, Krystle Vicencio entered the water with her cousin without realising the depth and strength of the current and was quickly swept off her feet.

Krystle said she started to panic and was ten seconds from going under when she was pulled from the water by a local couple known only as Andrew and Aga.

She says she is lucky to be alive and has thanked her rescuers.

"I was scared and starting to panic, so I yelled for help," Krystle said.

"I'm so lucky they came to help and didn't just walk past."

She is warning other visitors to the coast to take extra care before entering the water, no matter how inviting it looks.

"It looked so nice and people were having fun," she said.

"I had no idea it was so deep and the current was so strong."

Krystle said after being rescued, she went straight home to her family in Canberra.

"I arrived home and my Christmas tree was up and I started thinking about all the what-ifs."

She said she is going to learn to swim, and to float on her back.

"I'm definitely going to learn to swim so I am more confident in the water," she added.

"I love the beach, but next time I come to the coast I'm going to be more careful.

"I would encourage people to read the warning signs and talk to the locals before they enter the water - even if it looks amazing.

"Swimming between the flags is the best idea."

In a separate incident, two off duty lifesavers rescued a group of swimmers that got into trouble after hours at Shoalhaven Heads over the weekend, highlighting the need for public awareness of rips and using the Beachsafe app to find out about local conditions.

And the South East Sydney Multicultural Water Safety Committee today launched a new website,, that provides water and beach safety advice to culturally and linguistically diverse communities before they head to our coast over summer.

Photo Katrina Condie

Illawarra lifesavers part of Strategic Leadership Program


The Strategic Leadership Program offers the opportunity for members from all areas of the organisation to participate in a jam-packed weekend of fun and self-development, taking part in a first-of-its-kind leadership program designed to deliver real impact throughout Surf Life Saving NSW.

The three-day event will combine short, sharp education sessions with future-focused workshops to build participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence, whilst also engaging them to reflect upon what the organisation needs from its leaders.

The outcome of this program will inform a roadmap for skilled, effective and passionate leaders into the future. 

Surf Lifesavers from the Illawarra who are part of the program are: 

  • Aliesha Quill, North Wollongong SLSC
  • Kylie Fountain, Wollongong City SLSC
  • Kate Balding, Coledale SLSC
  • Daren Weidner, Coledale SLSC
  • Bradley Dawson, Kiama SLSC
  • Kylie Strong, Kiama Downs SLSC

The program will be held at the National College of Indigenous Excellence in Sydney from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December 2019.

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Our lifesavers take safety message inland



Volunteer lifesavers from across the Shoalhaven will be visiting schools in rural and remote areas of NSW and the ACT to educate primary aged students about beach and water safety. 

This year's Beach to Bush tour is set to be a record year as not only are lifesavers are extending their reach across all of rural and remote areas in NSW and the ACT, but  virtual components will allow the volunteers to connect with more students and schools than ever before.

Educating kids to stay safe in and around the water is key to the SLSNSW mission! 

The one-hour presentations focus on beach and water safety, where students will learn about general beach safety, sun safety, rips and waves.

They'll also learn to identify sea creatures, basic first aid, rescues, how to get help from a lifeguard and, of course, be reminded to swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beach to Bush sessions will be held throughout the state, from the Hunter Valley to New England, and from Canberra to the Riverina district, in the hope of educating kids who may be planning to visit the coast over the summer months.


Three Mollymook life savers chosen for state series




Three Mollymook Surf Club members will dive into their summer of competition when they take part in the first round of the NSW Super Team Series this weekend.

Sam Zustovich, Payton Williams and Brock Scrivener have been selected for the team series that will see competitors take part in seven beach events over three rounds.

Mollymook Surf Club president Rodney Austin has congratulated the trio on their selection and wishes them for their opening round at Swansea Belmont this Saturday.

"It's fantastic to see our local beachies taking part in this prestigious event and we wish them well," he said.

The first Surf Life Saving NSW event for the 2020/21 season, the Envirobank Super Team Series kicks off this Saturday at Swansea Belmont SLSC .

Three rounds of teams-based beach and surf racing will take place across the Hunter, Illawarra and Central Coast beaches.

The draft attracted over 200 beach and water athletes who nominated to be part of the series. NSW selectors shortlisted 106 athletes from as far north as Cudgen Headland SLSC and Mollymook SLSC in the south who were drafted by six team captains through a virtual NBA-style drafting process.

Each team consists of nine male and nine female competitors from the Under 17s, Under 19s and Open divisions but all racing will be Open racing regardless of age.

“We’re looking forward to some exciting racing with this new format,” said NSW coach Jim Walker.

Competitors, Coaches and Officials have been passionate about getting a series up and running as COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

“It was disappointing having the season cut short because our athletes train almost as hard as the Olympic athletes right throughout the year, but now we’re into a new year and a new series and this series is going to be sensational.”

Nutri-Grain Ironman Daniel Collins (Redhead SLSC) is captain of Team Red and will have the local knowledge for the first event.

“The live drafting was really fun but pretty stressful,” said Collins. “It was unlike anything we’ve ever done in the sport but I’ve got a solid team out of it with a few NSW and Aussie champions and really solid younger athletes too. I just can’t wait to get out there,” he said.

Walker said there’s no better way to start the season than in a mixed teams environment. “We’re looking forward to some exciting racing. Blacksmiths Beach can throw up a bit of a wave and can be tricky conditions but we’re all ready to get out there.”

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Wendy Roberts is state volunteer winner


Crossroads Rural Fire Service volunteer Wendy has been chosen to represent NSW at the National Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards.

Based at Vincentia, Mrs Roberts has been an RFS volunteer for an incredible 58 years and has helped with welfare, logistics, fundraising and catering, as well as attending many incidents throughout the region.

The honour was announced at the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla awards night held at the Mollymook Golf Club on Friday Night.

The awards were beamed via satellite from Sydney and a huge cheer went up in Mollymook when Mrs Roberts was announced the state winner in a volunteer capacity.

A speechless Mrs Roberts said she was thrilled with the win, but felt there were so many others more deserving.

“I feel very humble, I feel everybody else has done much more than I’ve done – they’re just amazing,” she said.

“I feel what I’ve done pales in significance.”

Obviously, the judges didn’t agree and she will now represent the state at the National Emergency Services Community Awards to be held on Monday November 23 in the Bravery Garden in the ground of Government House Canberra, with the Governor General, The Hon David Hurley and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley.

Friday’s award ceremony highlighted the work of volunteers and paid emergency service personnel from the region, including NSW Ambulance, NSW RFS, SES, marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving.

The winner of the paid category was Dapto Paramedic Jessica Whittaker.











Photos Katrina Condie