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History of Surf Life Saving
The sport of Surf Life Saving has its roots firmly planted in Australia,
where millions of people every year use the sea and beaches more safely
than ever before. It was originally born from local beach users watching
out for each other whilst in the water, and from this has grown into
a worldwide recognised sport. It has reached out for sponsorship and
has attracted companies such as DHL and Kellogg's to name two.
A Role in Education
Education and awareness at the beach plays a vital role in aquatic
safety at not only the coast but also wherever people use water. Surf
Life Saving Clubs could provide a vital link.
In Australia Surf Life Saving is a major educational organisation.
SLSA currently provides education packages through its Surf Survival,
Surf Awareness, Surf Smart and Surf Safety programs. SLSA also extends
its school education to rural and remote communities through its ‘Beach
to Bush’ program.
Here in the UK, school education programs could provide a popular
and important introduction to the beach environment for many children.
We are hopeful that education packages could be used for all age ranges.
These programs would be specially designed to give students an understanding
of the surf and beach environment and give them basic survival and
rescue skills. Again, here, it could extend its school education to
inland and rural areas.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Whilst being an active sport, now more than ever are we aware of how
important it is to look after yourself, both physically and mentally.
Training for any sport requires a healthy body and an active mind.
Surf Life Savers swim, run, surf and train for rescues using a range
of equipment and craft such as, rescue tubes, boards, surf skis and
mannequins. Training takes place in the sea and in local leisure centres.
Could you be a Surf Life Saver?
A surf life saver is a person who demonstrates character and skill.
They are fit, skilled, team oriented and adaptable. We commit time
and energy to maintain a high level of skill through ongoing training.
Surf Life Saving Sport presents our members with a unique challenge.
There is no other sport that is based on a humanitarian service -
that of saving lives at the beach and in the sea. In order to participate
at a Senior level, competitors must be qualified for lifesaving duties,
but they remain lifesavers first, and competitors second.
All events are based on the skills required by lifesavers and lifeguards
and the equipment used by them in carrying out their duty, but it
provides one of the most, exciting, colourful and eco-friendly of
all sporting activities that you could wish to see.
Surf Life Saving Sport is organised at several different levels to
suit the individual:
Sharks - from 5 - 7
Nippers – from 7 -13
Juniors - from 13 - 19
Seniors - from 16 - 30
Masters - from 30 upwards
IRB (In-shore Rescue Boat)
From local Club events, to Regional and National Championships, there
are many opportunities to get involved. At the highest level, we join
forces with our colleagues in RLSS UK to select our best lifesavers
to represent Great Britain at World and European Championships. In
Europe, we are recognised as the number one nation in Surf Life Saving
Who Are We?
There are over 80 clubs in the UK, with members who compete worldwide.
Saunton Sands SLSC is proud to hold the title of Super Club of the
Year for the now sixth year. Our members travel the country and the
world every year for competitions and education. We are the level
to which all other clubs aspire to be, our coaches are committed to
bringing the best out in all members and are ready to take their knowledge
to the community. We have links with local organisations, Braunton
Youth Forum and larger organisations such as Sport for All.
We are self funding and after appearing on the BBC’s ‘Level-Up’ television
program, the demand for information about Surf Life Saving almost
swamped clubs country wide!