Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving Patrols

The voluntary patrols carried out by Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving have been running since 2011.
The beach at Saunton is not patrolled by the RNLI so the club has raised funds and continues to raise funds to acquire the correct equipment,
which included our own vehicle, alongside training members to the correct standards.
We have club members who dedicate their time to staff the patrols through the busy summer months.
This service has been received well by the public and has resulted in rescues, medical incidents and first aid.
We hope to be able to expand this service in the future. Due to the running costs of such a service any sponsorship would be gratefully received,

If you are able to support this please contact the club secretary.

Many thanks.

The home of local volunteers helping to make our beach a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone!

Voluntary Beach Patrols

The club have a number of qualified and experienced Surf Lifeguard’s they will always be on hand at all patrols
We require a minimum of 2 qualified Surf Lifeguards/Surf Lifesavers per patrol but after that any club member
aged 14 years and above holding any of the below mentioned awards can come along and get involved
Awards that qualify for patrols – Surf Coach Safety & Rescue/Rescue Tube Swimmer/First Aider/Lifeguard Support/Rescue
Board Paddler/Level 2 Surf/Board & any IRB qualification

Those with either limited or no experience will never be on the shoreline without a fully qualified and experienced SLG with them
The patrols are not just standing on the shore but have a number of other roles that people can fulfil,
so if anyone is worried about being on the ‘frontline’ then it would be of great use if they still assisted in one or other of these.
Other roles – First Aider/Radio Communications/IRB cover/Beach Patroller (giving advice & helping beach users)
or just being in clubhouse in case of any queries from holidaymakers, which can be varied to say the least!!!

Saunton Sands beach is a very safe location for all users whether in the surf or just taking it easy on the sands.
We do not have to rescue many people from the sea but still have to remain vigilant just in case, so please do not worry too
much if you wish to get involved but fear the ‘Big Incident’ occurring.

The majority of our work is giving advice, first aid and lost children (in surf and on beach).
We run a static shore patrol with Red & Yellow flagged area, roving patrol (if numbers allow), IRB cover and board patrols in the flagged zone.
Many club members have who patrolled use the time to get lots of board experience in varying surf conditions
and it is also great for your fitness if you are going to compete or just want to get fitter (can catch some great waves!!)
The time can also be used to gain valuable IRB hours if you are needing to qualify in the boats.

The patrols run 1000 - 1600 each shift, there are set up and run down hours either side of the main patrol.
People can choose to volunteer for as long or as short a time as they wish,
an hour here or there makes a big difference to the regular lifeguards and the more who volunteer the better our service will become.
Any person wishing to gain an award to take part in the patrols or just for assisting at training sessions then
please look towards joining up in the near future so you will be qualified before the beach season starts.
Details of training courses are to be found on the clubs website

Patrols are a valuable service that we provide to the local community and visitors to the area.
We have over the years dealt with many varied incidents and received favourable feedback from people we have assisted.
It is a high profile opportunity for the club to showcase what we do and a great chance for club members to take part
in something a bit different and make our environment a safer more pleasant place to visit
Our voluntary patrols are a good thing to gain experience for anyone who is thinking of moving onto professional lifeguarding
or for younger members to have something very interesting and positive on their CV’s.

Lastly they are fun to take part in
So if anyone is interested or wishes to know some more information prior to making a decision please contact


The home of local volunteers helping to make our beach a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone!

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SurfLifeSaving GB .

We are also pleased to announce we have received funding from 'Sport England Small Grants Fund',
'Sport England Sports Match Fund' and 'Awards for All'!