Thank you Rockfish

On Sunday 20th May, a cheery group of club members mustered at the club to get rescue boards, surf ski's and inshore rescue boats on the water. The club’s new fully adjustable double racing ski, which was funded by a previous donation from Rockfish was ready for it’s maiden voyage. Joined by members of the Rockfish team we set out for the paddle down wind to the clock tower. Following a speedy paddle with many photo stops, we congregated on the beach. With time to spare and a crowd of onlookers, we made the most of the time running an impromptu demo. Lifeguards completed a range of rescues on boards and in the inshore rescue boat.
We arrived via the new slipway to receive an incredibly generous donation from Rockfish Exmouth.

Thanks to Rockfish and their customers, who support the club by adding an optional £1 to each bill, we were presented with a cheque with the grand sum of £6,402. This will support the club to serve the local community by providing voluntary lifeguard patrols and life saving training for junior and senior members.

Club members tucked in to some delicious chips, joined by family and friends, before heading off on our paddle back to the club.

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Rockfish and its customers who have supported the club.

Women in Waves #ThisGirlCan

Do you love being by the sea? Fancy getting in and having a splash around? Water baby or slightly apprehensive, do you want to try something different?


This is our first ladies (16+) only sessions and we hope you can join us. We'll be sliding into wetsuits and venturing in to the sea where the session will include getting used to being in the water and trying out some surf lifesaving skills and equipment. We hope that you'll be able to try something new, meet some friendly faces and who knows, maybe you will find a new hobby. The session will be suitable for all levels of fitness and abilities, so long as you can swim 50m (two lengths of a normal 25m pool). After the session if you fancy hanging around for a coffee, tea or hot chocolate to warm up that would be lovely and we may even venture into Exmouth for a celebratory glass of wine. 

If you don't have a wetsuit and aren't able to borrow one, but you are keen to come along, let us know. We have a few spares and so will try to get something sorted for you. 

We hope to run these sessions monthly throughout the summer, more dates to follow. There will be a £5 charge and this will cover up to 3 sessions. 

While we get started, places are limited to 20 ladies. If you plan on coming, please take a couple of minutes to complete this form to help us plan the session:

Any questions at all, please head over to our facebook page and drop us a message  #thisgirlcan

Grow Your Tenner - Support EBRC

The Local Giving Grow your Tenner Scheme is running again. The fund matches all one off £10 donations DOUBLING them to £20, if you set up a Direct Debit for £10 per month they will match 3 months DOUBLING it to £60! Please please please ask friends and family to support our club. There is a limited pot of money so work fast!

Here is an idea of what your donations could mean to the club:
£10 = a days fuel for one of our rescue boats
£30 = a board repair
£100 = a new rescue tube
£200 = adjustable surf ski paddle
£300 = pays for a new lifeguard to get qualified
£750 = a soft top training rescue board
£1500 = a new adjustable surf ski

30th anniversary celebrations and presentation evening

Following another successful season providing voluntary lifesaving cover on Exmouth beach, members of the Exmouth Beach Rescue Club took some well-earned time out on Friday 28 October to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the club.

About 150 people joined us at Ocean on Exmouth seafront to reminisce, give thanks to supporters and celebrate the achievements of the club. Those who came were treated to fish and chips from local chip shop, Krispies, and music from the fabulous Go Tell Alice.

The evening also recognised the achievements of members over the past year, with presentations being made to newly qualified lifeguards, lifesavers and coaches, as well as the annual awards as follows:

Tracey Simpson received the Clubman award for her dedication and commitment to the club. Tracey doesn’t miss a training session and helps everyone she can. She was also responsible for the fantastic food we were able to provide at this year’s surf lifesaving national championships.

The Competition award was presented to Scott Simpson-Currie in recognition of his dedication to surf lifesaving sport, and to celebrate the gold medal he won in beach flags at the nationals this year.

Lillie Johnson received the Most Improved Member award. Lillie has come on leaps and bounds since joining the club and her confidence and skill on the water has improved greatly.

The Best Senior award was handed to Vicky Gall, the club’s vice-captain, for her continued support to the club even through her study and work life. As the club currently has no captain, Vicky has also been stepping up to cover the role of captain.

Jake Butt received the Best Junior award for his consistent dedication, attendance and support.

Two members jointly received the Captain’s Cup – Eva Waddell and Martha Bowden. The girls have really grown over the last season, receiving their lifeguard qualifications and working as lifeguards for the RNLI. They have truly stepped up, taking training sessions and additional responsibilities. They have both grown in confidence and brought their newly learned skills from the RNLI back to the club.

Finally, Tracey Simpson received the Members’ Choice award. The recipient of this award is chosen by the members following a nomination process and Tracey was the clear winner. Members wanted to celebrate Tracey’s kind, supportive and helpful nature and recognise her for the hard work she put in keeping everyone fed at the nationals.

Members now head into their winter training programme to ensure they are ready for the 2017 season!

Surf Life Saving GB National Championships Kick Off

Today sees the first day of the Surf Life Saving GB National Age Group Championships, with Masters (aged 30+) competing over the first weekend (6th & 7th August 2016)

It is the 3rd year the championships have returned to Exmouth Beach Rescue Club and will be the final championships before it moves to Holywell in 2017.

Monday will see Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) racing for the 1st time at Exmouth. A high octane sport testing lifeguards ability to drive quickly and accurately in all conditions.Tuesday and Wednesday are Youth Championships where Exmouth Beach Rescue Club's Junior members will compete for National honours in Surf swim, Board and Surf Ski races as well as beach and team events.  

Finally the event will close with the largest age group the Nippers, from 7 - 13 years, on Friday and Saturday the youngsters are the future of sport.

If you are inspired by the events and would like to give this great sport a go please see the join us page or speak to any of our members on beach.

New lifeguards qualify

The end of April saw the club qualify 7 new Surf Lifeguards and 5 surf lifesavers who will be voluntarily patrolling Exmouth beach this summer.  The courses cover a mixture of 1st aid, rescue and patrol methods as well as fitness tests.  A huge commitment by all to make sure they passed with flying colours.

The volunteers will also help to run junior surf life saving sport training as well as provide safety cover at a range of local and national open water swims and triathlons. 

The club's voluntary lifeguard patrols begin on Sunday 29th May and will cover Sundays and Bank Holidays until September.

If you would like to become qualified as a lifeguard, take part in surf life saving sport and help us in any other way please contact us

Exmouth to host SLSGB National Champions in 2016

Adey Mayhew of Surf Life Saving Great Britain has just announced via Twitter that Exmouth will again host Nipper, Youth and Masters National Championships in August 2016.

Exmouth Beach Rescue Club hosted the championships in both 2014 and 2015.  With over a 1000 competitors the event is the highlight of the surf life saving competition calendar bringing teams together from across the UK.

The event is a huge but welcome challenge for us as a volunteer lifesaving club. We are dependent upon our small group of members and the generosity of the local community in helping make the event the huge success it has been in the previous 2 years.

We're proud to be hosting the championships for a 3rd time and can't wait to welcome our friends from around the country back to Exmouth in August.


Help us to Help YOU - Grow Your Tenner

Please, help us to help you...

Grow Your Tenner, a match fund scheme run by Local Giving, is here and we need your help!

Local Giving will match fund all one-time donations of up to £10, up to a total of £1000! Additionally, if you're feeling exceptionally generous and want to set up a monthly donation of up to £10, they'll match fund that too for the next three months - up to a total of £9000!

We are a small, local charity providing voluntary lifeguard cover at Orcombe Point and Maer Rocks and rely completely on donations and sponsorship to keep running.

You can find out more about us by visiting our Facebook page or website.

Donating is simple - please visit - and click on 'Donate Now' or 'Give Monthly'.

Thank you 

Voluntary lifeguards clock up over 1,200 hours this summer

The summer is officially over for the voluntary lifeguards at Exmouth Beach Rescue Club, who managed to clock up an impressive number of voluntary hours keeping beach users safe this summer.

In all, 29 members gave up 1,237 hours of their own time, unpaid, to provide the lifeguard patrols on the 18 Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the summer season.

Over the summer, the club’s voluntary lifeguards performed eight rescues, dealt with 16 first aid incidents and provided advice and guidance to 137 beach users.

In addition to patrols, members continued a fitness and lifeguard skills training programme throughout the summer, with new members being supported and encouraged into the water overseen by experienced coaches.

The club also hosted the Surf Life Saving Great Britain National Championships for the second year running, with members embracing the opportunity to compete on their local beach and to help with the smooth running of a national sporting event.

But that wasn’t all!  The club also sent water safety cover to some large national, and smaller local, sporting events.  Lifeguards and boat crews from the club provided safety cover for events including the London, Blenheim, Hyde Park, Dawlish and South Hams triathlons, as well as long distance swimming events including the Exe and Starcross swims, organised by the Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society.

Club spokesperson, Dan Thorogood, looked back at the achievements of this season and said:

“It truly has been a magnificent year for the club.  We have seen our membership grow and our club build on everyone’s strengths.  We have very successfully hosted the nationals for the second year running, which benefited not only the club and the seafront, but also businesses in and out of the town.  Our members have once again shown they are truly dedicated to voluntary service for their local community, and the season’s figures speak for themselves in what we have achieved.  On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all the members, helpers and parents who have kept the club on its feet this year, as well as all those who have supported the club through sponsorship, donations, labour and in any other way.  We are a small charity and without such support we would not be able to achieve what we do.  Thank you. “

Now the summer is over the club is looking at its winter training programme, which will build on the fitness and life guarding skills training that has been ongoing throughout the summer.  Fitness and theory training continues on Tuesday evenings, and Sunday mornings will soon see swim training return along with practical life saving skills in the sea.

For anyone interested in what Exmouth Beach Rescue Club is up to, or if you are interested in joining, take a look at their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

English Channel Relay

A team of 4 seasoned swimmers from Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving Society are raising funds for us so we can buy a new all-singing, all-dancing resuscitation training mannequin.

This evening the team received the call they've been waiting for...they set off in the early hours of tomorrow morning!!

We wish them all the best with their challenge, and hope they smash the existing relay record.

There is still plenty of time to sponsor them...not only will we see the benefit as a club, but it will give the team a huge boost to know they have your support! 

So, what are you waiting for?  Head over to 

Surf Life Saving National Champs coming to Exmouth in 2 weeks!

The national championships are nearly upon us!

We are working hard behind the scenes to make sure the event is a huge success for the club, competitors, supporters and Exmouth.

Kicking off on Wednesday 26th with the masters age group, the champs run until Sunday 30th, with youth and nipper age categories starting on Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th respectively.

After last year's highly successful event, we are confident that this year will be even better!  With competitions taking place both on the beach and in the water, there is something for everyone!

Make sure you come down to support your voluntary lifesaving club and championship competitors, while enjoying some top-class performances from our national teams in some truly interesting sporting events.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Image courtesy of Thoroughly Good Photography

Image courtesy of Thoroughly Good Photography

Devon Champs Ocean Events

Sunday saw 13 members compete at the Devon championships at Putsborough, taking part in board, swim and tube rescue events. 


After a hard winters' training the juniors did everyone proud with a 5th place finish, which is a great result for the small number of competitors that went up.


The day saw challenging conditions with 3-4ft messy surf, that increased in size through the day.  Keeping control of a 10ft race board is a special skill in those conditions but it was also a great opportunity to test their competence in solid conditions.


We're looking forward to the beach events as well as the nipper and master events still to come so stay tuned for updated results!


Well done all and thanks to the parents that delivered all competitors and kit to Putsborough for the day! And SLS Devon volunteers for organising a great day.

The longest day

A busy week was finished off with a fun day of patrolling and training at Exmouth. 

There was a good turnout for the day with 6 guards and 4 junior surf life savers assisting.

It was reasonably quiet all day with junior training taken by Tom with help from Kim; Snowy took Jake for ski training ready for Devons and we had a nice phys session on the beach with Tom.

Around 16.00 we were tasked by Solent coastguard and Dawlish surf lifesaving club  to recover a rib drifting off Dawlish.  We towed it back to Dawlish beach, reuniting it with very grateful owners.

On our return we were asked to assist the RNLI guards with the recovery of a kite surfer drifting out by the channel entrance.

Jake training hard for Devons! 

Jake training hard for Devons! 

Tri and Tri again!

Following hot on the heels of last weekend's mega triathlon event at Hyde Park, volunteers from the club attended a slightly smaller event at the weekend at short notice to help out Swim Safety.

The South Hams Triathlon, a brand new sprint distance triathlon at Blackpool Sands, saw 150 people enter. Starting with a sheltered swim across the stunning bay at Blackpool Sands, then onto the bike for a tough climb followed by a fast blast along Slapton Sands, Devon's flattest stretch of road. 

It was a crazily early start for Keith, Avalon, Jim and Dan who were on the water at 6am to help set the course.  We're happy to report the event went swimmingly with no one requiring removal from the water.  

The crew were up with the sun at Blackpool Sands, see  Facebook  for more pics

The crew were up with the sun at Blackpool Sands, see Facebook for more pics

The weekend was a relatively quiet one back at Exmouth with a few minor first aids and another excellent turnout for the junior training session on Sunday.  With competition season closing in fast the team is training hard to prepare for the Nationals on home turf again this August.


If you would like to get involved please visit the join us page


A wave and photographer

Tuesday night's training session was a kracker, with small windswell blown up my Mondays storm it made for a fun training session on race and rescue boards for seniors before taking our junior section body surfing and putting them through their paces with the infamous Groyne Swim, a run swim run event that is a club tradition!

We were also lucky enough to be sent some great photos from a local, Arwyn Rees who luckily had his camera ready to capture the fun!


LT snags a good one! Head over to our  Facebook  page to see more

LT snags a good one! Head over to our Facebook page to see more

Final Hyde Park Triathlon Lifeguarded

Keith, Vicki and Dan provided safety cover at our first triathlon of the season this weekend.  The club members give up their weekend to "work", with any money they would have made being donated to the club.

Taking place on the 30th & 31st May 2015, The Vitality World Triathlon London is one of the world's leading triathlon events and one of only two legacy events from the 2012 Olympic games still open to public participation with over 5000 entries for this years event!  In the elite race Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee recorded his second win of the season as he triumphed on home soil at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon London on Sunday.

All of the water safety crew at the end of a busy weekend, can you spot our volunteers?

All of the water safety crew at the end of a busy weekend, can you spot our volunteers?

Hyde Park is the first of many events this year both local and national that the clubs volunteers will provide safety cover at.  A huge thanks to all of our clubs members involved!





Orcombe Point Patrol Hut Broken in to. Again!

Sadly we have to report this morning that once again some mindless individuals have broken into our hut at Orcombe Point. Fortunately nothing has been taken, as we no longer store any valuables in there following the previous break in.  However  all the bolts have been damaged and now need to be replaced. 

The hut provides a base for our voluntary lifeguard patrols through the summer months.  The previous break in last summer saw our charity collecting tin stolen.  

Keith Hoppins the clubs Gear Secretary has said  "The club never fails to astound with how we pull together when needed, massive thanks to all, especially James Waddell for replacing locks"

A minor set back for our volunteers but we'll be there tomorrow patrolling and training as usual.

Patrol season starts at Exmouth

A fantastic start to the season today:

7 lifeguards on patrol with great support from our trainee life savers.

For the first time ever we ran Junior training 11-1pm alongside patrols, a huge thanks to the parent helpers.
The seniors also managed a joint training session with the RNLI guards and we're now on Twitter (@ExmouthBRC) !!

If you're enjoying the bank holiday tomorrow at the beach why not call in and say hi.

New junior members welcomed

Sunday the 26th April saw 8 new junior members successfully take part in their induction. The morning is designed to assess the juniors swim competence with a 200m pool swim in under 5 minutes as well as beach runs, open water swimming and group work.  It is also a great opportunity for existing club members to get to meet parents.

New junior members 2015

New junior members 2015

The new members will begin their journey to becoming lifeguards of the future on the 5th May following the club's AGM and the bank holiday.  They will take part in surf life saving sport training, a key part of acquiring the fitness and skills required to be a lifeguard. As well as theory around the beach environment and aquatic first aid.


Well done and thank you to all volunteers involved and a warm welcome to the club to our new members.


If you would like to join Exmouth Beach Rescue Club in the future please see our Join Us page.