Summer training takes place at Newport Beach (May to October) on Thursday evenings 6-8pm. We have a small team of volunteer coaches who teach a range of skills both in the water and on the beach. After the session, hot snacks are provided back at our clubhouse.
Winter training is held at Fishguard Leisure Centre Swimming Pool (late October to April) on Wednesday evenings (Nippers 5-6pm and Juniors 6-7pm).
Nippers learn about basic water safety and lifesaving techniques, whilst building their confidence in the water, making new friends and most of all having fun in a safe environment. They learn about swimming in open water, how to swim through a breaking wave, how to paddle a board and perform board rescues, how to catch a wave and surf back in, how to signal and spot rip currents, as well as running on the beach, to help build fitness and stamina.
Juniors build on the skills they have learnt as Nippers, using more specialist surf lifesaving equipment and learning lifesaving techniques and first aid to a higher level.
We also have a 3 metre inflatable Arancia Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) with a 30hp Tohatsu engine. This is a fast, light and manoeuvrable surf rescue craft and members have use of the boat under the careful supervision of our Boat Captain, Tim Thomas. Training is provided for those who wish to join the IRB crew.
There is the opportunity to gain recognised lifesaving qualifications and many of our members move on to to become qualified lifeguards gaining the NVBLQ beach lifeguard certificate, which is the internationally recognised standard for professional lifeguards. We also encourage our members to enter competitions, such as the West Wales Championships and the Cemaes Challenge – an annual friendly event between Newport and Poppit Sands.
We actively promote and sustain a culture of safeguarding for our members and volunteers and have adopted the SLSA Wales Safeguarding Policy. All our volunteers are DBS checked and are signed up to the SLSA Wales Code of Conduct. Our dedicated Safeguarding Officer is Lynsey Ponsonby-Lewes.
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