Lifeguarding

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

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.

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.

Summer is here!

British Summer Time is here! That means it's light enough to begin training outdoors again on a Tuesday evening.  For the next few weeks we'll be starting at 6.30 to make the most of the day light.  last night was a great session with a downwind paddle capped off by a little wave

Tuesday is a fitness session for all club members.  Training sessions are designed to make the most of the conditions.  If it's flat we usually work on board, ski and swim, if there's surf we hone our board riding and racing skills.

We're also going to offer a casual Thursday night training session for seniors only.  This will be organised on a week by week basis depending on who is available to open up.

Visit the Training page to keep up to date with all of our training times.