Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving
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
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.
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
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
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
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