The “Coogee Blueys” are our U15-U18’s within Coogee SLSC, and are a very important part of the ongoing development of the Youth within the club. Many of the people within this age group have come from the “Coogee Minnows”, the Nippers of Coogee SLSC.
As with many SLS Nipper clubs Coogee Minnows has a good structure, well known within the club and the local community, and a solid identity for the kids to belong to.
It is of vital importance for SLS and the future of our clubs that we the encourage our Nippers to stay and participate once they graduate from Nippers - many have been at the club for nine years already and bring solid lifesaving and surf skills and local understanding of the beach to the club.
At Coogee our SRC groups are increasing each year, with 84 achieving their SRC in Dec 2018. In season 2019 this group will number around 95 SRC Candidates
A decision was made in early 2010 to give the U15-17’s their own identity/group within the Coogee club so they can leave Nippers and still feel as part of a defined group by graduating to the “Blueys” - and via this “Brand” then run their own events, compete, and be part of their own age group, all while being part of the wider club arena.
The Blueys Committee is run by our Junior Captain - Ruby Thomasyu, and this team reports to our Club Mgt team.
Movies, laser skirmish, BBQ’s at the Club - NYE Family Night run by the Blueys
Specific SLS Award training sessions for this age group, Award Pathway program established: Mentoring program, participate in lifesaving competition, patrol visits to other clubs and visits to Support Operations
U15-U17’s compete under the Blueys/Coogee SLSC banner within the club and external carnivals across all disciplines.
Leadership and Development
Coogee SLSC has a focus on developing the whole person and with this in mind we offer sessions to the Blueys that teach and present subjects that assist there growth as a teenager
Many of our Blueys also participate in SLS Development Programs delivered by Sydney Branch and SLSNSW
Graduating Nippers once they are awarded their SRC, are then welcomed to the “Blueys” and then become part of the next stage of their Surf Lifesaving journey at Coogee SLSC.