SPLC From The Helm January 2018


Compliments of the season to all Suncoast Pirates members. Welcome back and I trust 2018 will be a fun and prosperous year for you all.

In the committees drive to improve communication with all our members and stakeholders I have decided to start a brief monthly note (“FROM THE HELM”) to keep members abreast of the goings on at the club and a look in to how the committee is positioning the club for the future – this is another touch point to ensure that all members feel valued and understand where they may be able to participate in and contribute to the offerings of the club.


Under the capable guidance of Diyaksha Bramdeo we have had another busy holiday season. A big thanks goes out to her and to all our dedicated life guards who have ensured that the public has been kept safe over this time. Thankfully no major incidents were reported however I am aware of many preventative rescues that our vigilant lifeguards made. This is a time honoured service and I extend my gratitude to all members that contributed.


There have been a steady stream of new members this season and we would like to welcome you all into the Pirates family. Welcome to the following newly qualified lifeguards

Sahar Sheik Freed – Wandile Madonsela – Londiwe Mbambo – Kwazi Dlongolo – Preston Pather – Dilkash Gungabir – Daniel Messiter-Tooz

Well done to Charles Khumalo and his passionate team for introducing and training our new members.


We had some fantastic highlights from the international competition season. Excellence should be celebrated and we have some world class athletes in our midst. Congratulations to Calvin Coetzee who claimed 2 golds and a silver medal at the International German Cup and Range Cup (Netherlands) and Ally Chislett who won gold in the surf swim at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in New Zealand. Both of these phenomenal performances are an inspiration to our members and I am confident that there is more to come from our pool of dedicated competitors.






Malec Odendaal
and Alice Edward also put in fantastic performances at the International Surf Rescue Challenge and epitomize the true competitive excellence of Suncoast Pirates.  We are extremely proud of these 4 Suncoast Pirates athletes

Pirates has always been about participation and our nippers, juniors and seniors have put in a great showings in the various carnivals in the latter part of 2017. Much fun was had by all and it is always gratifying to see the progress of our competitors of all ages.

Luke (seniors and juniors) and Pete (nippers) have given their rallying calls for their respective training groups for the provincial and national competitions that lie ahead. Let’s get stuck in and have fun preparing for what promises to be another great competitive year for the club.

Oh – And of course “Coach” took the Ocean Hero’s title again on North Beach in December – What a legend and coach…

Parting shot on competitions is that the Boaties are aiming to get to PE in April to entertain us all and show the SA lifesaving community that Suncoast Pirates remains the driving force in surf boating in SA.


The nippers have had a busy and fun first half of the summer. The highlight being the first 7 Pier Mali paddle from DUC to Pirates. This brain child of Pete’s was a raging success with a total of 80 paddlers. This event was well supported by the other Durban clubs (Durban Surf, Marine and Rox) which is much appreciated. The next event is on the 03rd of Feb and we hope to see you there.

Our tallest member – Brett van Rooyen – has spent the summer ankle deep in water cajoling and motivating our smallest members. There have been smiles a plenty on the beach and Brett has ensured a resurgence in the Niplets section.


Sergeants paddlers led by our captain Dave Harker and under the watchful eye of the Sergeant himself are more active than ever with some new and talented members spicing things up a bit. Barely a day goes by without a pod of Sergeants doing an out and back or downwind paddle with much jovial banter. We also have recently enjoyed the presence of new member and legendary paddler and paddling coach, Lee McGregor, enjoying Stan’s breakfast and coffee in the mornings. His well-considered chirps and advice have lifted the games of even the most “ardently routine” club paddler…


The committee has been hard at work on revitalizing the branding of the club. Arc Design have assisted us with this and have produced a great revitalised logo that is true to the history of the club. Expect more to come with this branding including merchandise


The clubhouse is in desperate need of a face lift and following our presentation to members in November limited progress has been made. We do however have a plan and expect to see progress from this month. We have the names of members who have kindly offered their assistance and the committee will be in touch in due course. Rowan Matthews has kindly offered to drive this project and you will be hearing more from him. If you are keen to put your name forward and are willing to assist, please contact Rowan or alternatively contact Sandra in the office.


In March we are planning to hold our first ever End of Summer festival. The fund raising committee sees this event as the cornerstone to our annual fundraising activities and will be held on Wednesday, 21 March – a public holiday and will feature music, craft food, craft beverages and other fun activities. Mark your calendars now and watch out for further details as it will be an event not to be missed.

This is our 90th anniversary and our annual year end dinner in May will be an extra special celebration. More on this to come.

Yours in lifesaving