Nippers start back this Sunday 15 October!! 

Bulli Nippers starts THIS SUNDAY 15th October.

Members are encouraged to arrive 9am to be ready for new season briefing at 9.15am.
Activities will then commence promptly at 9.30am.
As there is a bit to get through for this week Age Managers are requested to attend an 8.45am briefing to give an update on the Clubhouse, Age Groups & Proficiencies. 
Water Safety is also required to sign on 9am so we can determine numbers and appropriate assessment procedure.
Uniforms will be on sale 8:30-9:00am. Registrations and new memberships will be taken from 8.30am. 
Anyone able to help with BBQ and Work Party would be greatly appreciated. Please lend a hand. Looking forward to seeing you all on the beach!!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŠ‍โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠ‍โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ„‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ„‍โ™‚๏ธ


Surf Club Open Day - Come on down to our club



4 Generations of Caldwell's are members in season 2017-2018 

Bulli Legacy Passed Through Generations

When one starry eyed Nipper and his proud parents complete the registration papers at Bulli SLSC on Saturday he will not only be continuing a family tradition, but will be making history becoming a fourth generation lifesaver to belong to the same club in the same season.

These days the name Caldwell is synonymous with Bulli SLSC but season 2017-18 will be extra special for the family as patriarch Mal, his son and club president Keith, and grandson Jamie will be joined in the maroon and yellow cap by five-year-old Taj in his first season of Nippers.

The Caldwell’s long association with Bulli SLSC stretches back to 1975. Australia in that year was a very different place. Colour television was finally being broadcast into people’s lounge rooms, Gough Whitlam was enjoying his last few months as PM, and Mal and Claire Caldwell would move into the sleepy Illawarra region with their teenage son Keith.

Mal was no stranger to Surf Life Saving having been involved at South West Rocks as a registrar and gear steward throughout the 1960s. Determined not to let his passion diminish he quickly found himself on the beach at Bulli where he was quickly joined by his 15-year-old son.

Mal proved to be a hard-working volunteer, a respected club man forever putting his hand up for whatever activity was required, and even now in his 92nd year and having retired to the North Coast remains involved as club patron.

Beginning his time at Bulli as a cadet Keith Caldwell showed an aptitude for surf sports early on as he rose through the ranks enjoying enormous success as a board paddler and ironman competition winning medals at a state and national level.

His interest in sport and lifesaving never waned as he went on to coach and manage Illawarra, NSW, and Australian representative teams.

This season also marks a milestone for Keith who celebrates his 15th season as president of Bulli. Throughout his time in Surf Life Saving he has received many accolades including Life Member of his club, branch and in 2015 his state just some of his incredible achievements.

The surf has been a constant presence in the Caldwell household with Keith’s wife Maria also a passionate volunteer. Among her many roles she has served on the management committee at Bulli for the past 14 seasons, been a competition secretary, surf guard coordinator, assistant secretary, and registrar while also being heavily involved at Branch level where she is the current Illawarra Member Services Director.

Just as Mal instilled a love of Surf Life Saving in Keith, so too did Keith and Maria pass it on to their son Jamie.

Jamie Caldwell (Keith’s son) has entrenched his own name in surf club history. Jamie competed for Bulli during its greatest period, winning medals as part of Matt Freeman’s belt & rescue tube rescue teams at State and National level. Jamie also placed 3rd as a young Champion Life Saver at the NSW Championships in 2005. At the World Championships (known as Rescue 2006) he was a member of the Bulli SLSC team that created history in winning the Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition. Jamie has also been awarded Illawarra Surf Life Saver of the Year 2006 and Education Trainer of the Year 2017.

Jamie is very passionate about surf lifesaving and sees education as the priority to making sure new and current members are trained in the most professional way ensuring they receive a good understanding of any facets of being a surf life saver.

As little Taj signs on at the club his great grandfather, grandfather, and father are all proud members of it is fair to say that Bulli blood runs through his veins.

It was left to Keith Caldwell to sum it up best.

“Surf Life Saving has been a great love for our family, we have meet so many nice people we now call friends for life, we have travelled to many great places and have received some great awards (but that is not what we do it for), memories for a life time and now to see my grandson joining the club it is something pretty special.”

Yes it is special indeed and it is stories like that of the Caldwell’s that make Surf Life Saving more than just an organisation. At it’s very core it’s about family and heart two factors that can never be underestimated.

Photograph - The four generations of Caldwells are all smiles at the 100th anniversary of Bulli SLSC in 2013...Supplied

Fri 6 Oct 2017


2017-2018 Board of Directors, Management Committee & office holders 

On Sunday 27 August (3pm) at Bulli Workers Club we held our Annual General Meeting.  A big crowd was already at the Workers Club due to the Mayweather/McGregor fight on Fox Sports!

Our AGM meeting achieved another first, last year we were in the auditorium of Bulli Workers Club due to refurbishments at the surf club, this year back at Bulli Workers Club but this time in Opals Restuarant.

The meeting was well attended with close to 40 members voting in our 2017-2018 officer holders. Close to 15 members also placed an official apology for the meeting.

Only one significant change in the Board of Directors, Sean Taylor didn't seek re-election as Director of Administration. Sean has been a 'rock' for the past 4 years managing this role and has taken it to the next level in regards to administration duties of a volunteer. Our club members appreciated your committment & will continue to value your contribution to the club. Paul Hennessy has stepped in and what a great replacement with over 25yrs previous experience (40+years membership) on executive/management committee. Keith Caldwell will commence his 15 season as President of Bulli Surf Life Saving Club.

The club is really travelling well with members always prepared to roll the sleeves up & asist in any club activity. It is exciting times ahead with our new surf club premises nearly ready for us to move into before the start of the 2017-2018 season. 

After the meeting our members enjoyed the facilities of our great club sponsor Bulli Workers Club with a few refreshments. 


President - Keith Caldwell

Deputy President - Dean Dudley

Director of Administration - Paul Hennessy

Director of Finance - Greg Miller

Director of Life Saving - Scott Gordon

Junior Chairperson - Shawn van Duin

Director of Education - Jamie Caldwell

Director of Surf Sports - Barry Lowe



Administration Officer - Maria Caldwell

Member Services Officer - Rebecca Colquhoun

Support Services Officer - Markus Meier-Lindner

Life Saving Officers - Jamie Thorpe & Nathan Flint

Boat Captain - Adam Barlow

Surf Craft Beach Captain - Matthew Freeman

Bronze Medallion Holders Committee (3) - Noel Freeman, Simon Jones & Lincoln Costello



Assistant IRB/ATV Captain - Garry Arnold

Assistant Boat Captain - Chris Mercer

Education Officer - Scott Gordon

First Aid Officer - Nathan Flint

Publicity Officer - Keith Caldwell

Gym Supervisors (2) - Michael Hammersley & Garry Roberts

Work Health & Safety Officer - Grant Joy

Trustees (3) - Barry Adams, Russ Jones & Keith Caldwell

Building Committee - Peter Hammersley, Jamie Thorpe, Lincoln Costello, Barney Greenfield, Sean Taylor & Craig Parsons

Life Members Committee - Barry Adams, Peter Hammersley, Noel Freeman, Grant Joy, Chris Mercer & Garry Horne 

Competition Committee - Sean Taylor

Judicial Committee - Grant Joy & Dean Dudley 




AGM - rescheduled date

Members are to be advised that the Annual General Meeting of Bulli Surf Life Saving Club scheduled for this Sunday 13 August 3pm at Bulli Workers Club has been POSTPONED.

Unfortunately our 2016-2017 Annual Report is incomplete due to audited financials not being available.

Our new date for the AGM is now Sunday 27 Auguist 2017 at 3pm Bulli Workers Club.  

Looking forward to a good roll up for the meeting & a few quiet drinks at Bulli Workers Club, our major sponsor!