Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I become a member of North Cott?
A: To become an active senior member of North Cott SLSC you must first complete your Bronze Medallion course (see Education). It is important that all active senior members complete this course so they are suitably qualified to patrol the beach. A condition of active membership at North Cott is that you must complete a minimum of 18 hours of patrols per season which runs from October through to March. The patrols are usually broken up into 3 hours blocks and are an excellent way to assist the community, make great friends and develop new skills.
Q: Does North Cott have a Gym Only or Social membership?
A: North Cott does not offer a Gym Only or Social membership option. To use the North Cott facilities and gain all the benefits that come with belonging to our club you must complete your Bronze Medallion and participate in beach patrols.
Q: When is the North Cott office open?
A: The North Cott office is open from Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5.00pm. The office is not open on weekends. The office is located at the front of the Club rooms and is accessible from Marine Parade.
Q: How do I purchase club clothing?
A: Club clothing is only sold from our merchandise store. Alterations to the availability of merchandise will be publicised to the membership through the weekly newsletter.
Q: How do I find out about club activities that I am interested in?
A: The NC Newsletter comes out weekly and is emailed to all members on a Wednesday. This is the best way to keep up to date with what is happening around the club and how to get involved. North Cott also has a Facebook page and Twitter account.
Q: Is the club courtyard available to hire for private functions?
A: Generally no; the club’s policy is that facilities should be available to all members at all times, therefore we do not hire out the facilities for private functions. There are some exceptions for sponsored events. Members are allowed to use the courtyard.
Q: Can I bring friends to the club?
A: Family and friends of members are welcome to come down to the club for social functions. The club must abide by regulatory directives by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Only current financial members of the club are allowed to use the facilities such as the gym and showers. Non-members using these facilities will be asked to leave.
Q: How can I compete in Surf Life Saving carnivals?
A: The first step is to have a current Bronze Medallion qualification. Then all competitors must complete the club’s patrol requirement of 18 hours per season. The various surf sport captains will advise on training times and how to get involved in particular sports.
Q: How do I get a swipe card?
A: Members 16 years and over can obtain a swipe card from the office. If a card is lost a replacement card will be charged at $20.
Q: How do I get more involved at the Club?
A: There are many avenues for members to get involved either as a patrolling member or as a parent/associate member. You may wish to become a Patrol Captain or AGM, help out with the Merchandise room on weekends, assist with fundraisers and social functions, lend a hand with cleaning and repair busy-bees in the gym or around the Club. Please contact the relevant Board Member or Section Captain to register your interest. If you are not sure who to contact you can email the office.