Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

Waveney Surf Life saving Club was set up in 2016 by three local lifeguards who recognised the need to introduce younger people to a new sport and to ensure safety around our coast. Our club is affiliated to Surf Life Saving Great Britain who provide the guidance and frameworks to which we design our activities and programmes.

In 2017 we successfully ran 6 Junior Lifeguard (Surf Cadet) programmes for children aged 7-14 at Lowestoft Beach. The children learned a variety of skills which included; dolphin diving, identify rip currents and dangers, rescue techniques using paddleboards and rescue tubes and beach activities such as ‘beach flags’, a fast energetic sport event. Taking part in Surf Life Saving activities helps people to be active in the natural environment, which is beneficial both physically and mentally.

This programme became so popular that we now have an extensive waiting list for 2018 and therefore we are applying for funding from Aviva to ensure we can run an extensive programme all year round. We currently have three voluntary level 2 coaches in our club and we would love to be able to increase this by training more of our members to take on this role. This will enhance skills and benefit our community by bringing people together and valuing our members. We will also use the funding for training equipment such as first aid, rescue aids and training signs as well as a storage unit.

Drowning and incidents in the water are always a concern in our coastal area. Children need quality experiences that will help them to understand the dangers in open water, but also the potential for enjoyment of open water for health and social benefits. Children who have already learned to swim in a swimming pool are still at risk when they enter the open water arena. While many of the local beaches are lifeguarded, families use other beaches locally and further afield where a lifeguard service is not always provided. Learning not to put themselves at risk is of great benefit to themselves and others.

Junior lifeguard is a fun participatory water safety programme designed by Surf Lifesaving GB for people aged 7-14. It takes place at the beach, in and next to the water. Participants learn about safe participation in water activities and some basic concepts of rescue. This will help children develop skills in water safety and provide an interest in an area that may lead to a future career or voluntary interest. We will also offer training in Lifesaving to people age 14+ as an introduction to the concepts used in life guarding using Surf Lifesaving GB qualifications.

Waveney Surf Life Saving Club

Location: Lowestoft

I am proud of this because everyone involved is so passionate about Surf Life Saving and passing on their knowledge to the younger generation. The sessions are run professionally with safety always at the forefront whilst encouraging fun and fitness for all ages and abilities.
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