Meet The Coach - David Tomba

Published: November 05, 2021

When you joined

I joined Nippers at the age of 10 in my hometown club of Forrest Beach SLSC (North Barrier Branch). My cousin was on a Nipper board and wouldn't let me have a go because I wasn't a Nipper. I was a Nipper the following weekend.

Lifesaving experience

I've competed in everything (yes even the surf swim, much to my disgust). Besides boats, beach events were my next most successful discipline but I was pretty handy in the IRB and the surf ski too. At 17 I was Club Captain and CTO at Forrest Beach SLSC where I was a part of the youngest committee in the country (at the time) with our oldest member being the Treasurer at 26. I moved to Sunshine Coast at 21 to Noosa Heads SLSC then to Coolum Beach in 2000. Between Noosa and Coolum Beach clubs I've held positions of Mobile Services/IRB Officer, CTO, Boat Captain, Club Captain and Vice President.

Key focus for this season

Set the foundations to build the right culture. Change some of the perceptions about the boaties and showcase what a successful surf boat section should look like.

Other interests

Family, fishing/boating, seeing more of the coastline that this beautiful country has to offer, spending quality time with my beautiful wife (and kids I suppose), researching better ways to enhance performance for athletes.

David Tomba

Support Coolum Surf Club

Not ready to become part of Coolum Surf Club but still want to help?

It takes a lot of money to run a surf lifesaving club; from the equipment needed on the beach (vehicles, boards, IRBs, first aid kits, defibrillators etc) to administration and training to facilitate patrolling.

So if you can't join us, support us through one of the following options.

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Does your child want to become a Nipper?

Looking for a fun summer sport where your kids will learn essential surf safety skills, gain confidence in the ocean, and meet new friends?

Coolum Nippers is the answer! Nippers run from the September school holidays to February/March and is open to kids from 5 to 12 yrs.

Not only will they learn surf safety and what surf lifesaving is all about, but also have the opportunity to compete in carnivals and have mid-week training to improve their skills.

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