Lifting The Lid On Thanet’s Lifeguard and Lifesaving Clubs – Part II Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club
Part II in our series on Thanet’s Lifeguard and Lifesaving Club’s focuses on the fabulous Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club.
Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) was founded in 2013 and is affiliated with the national organisation Surf Life Saving GB a charity of over 5,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches a safer and a more enjoyable place for everyone.
Regular Training Sessions
The club holds regular immersive training sessions on Viking Bay and other Thanet beaches. Pool sessions are also held during the winter months at local leisure centre’s. Why not check out the clubs training calendar to find out their next training night.
The club is all about learning and maintaining lifesaving skills and enjoying regular land and water based training on Thanet’s beautiful beaches and in the sea around the coastline. The club provides great opportunities to stay fit, meet new friends, compete in competitions, learn new lifesaving skills and also allow you to put something back into the community.
New Members Welcome!
New members from experienced lifeguards to complete beginners are very welcome and the club offers fitness and lifeguard skills training to a wide age range. The club is very friendly and has some of the most experienced and qualified instructors in the area.
Training in partnership with RNLI Lifeguard’s
The club provide’s lifeguard training in partnership with Surf Life Saving GB and also working closely with the Thanet RNLI Lifeguard Unit. They also aim to provide both aquatic and first aid support to the local community.
The club’s mission statement
- To offer club members the opportunity to keep fit through Life Saving Sport, increasing skill levels and equipping members to deal with emergency situations
- Offer enjoyable training and education to club members in surf lifesaving skills with links to nationally recognised awards and qualifications which can help lead to a occupation in lifeguarding.
National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
- Be 16 on the assessment day.
- Be able to swim a measured distance of 200 metres in a pool of recommended length 25 metres, minimum 20 metres, within 5 minutes.
- On enrolment, the candidate must be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Trainer, that by the end of the course they will be capable of achieving a swim time of 400m in under 8 minutes.
- Beach Environment
- Beach Patrolling
- Working Practices
- Basic Life Support
- First Aid
- Pool Based Practical
- Foundation Tube Rescuer
- Foundation Ocean Board Rescuer
We would like to wish all members of the Broadstairs Lifesaving Club all the best for the forthcoming season of training, competitions and lifeguard courses and we hope to see you on the beach in the near future.
Other useful links
The Instructors and members of Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club
Surf lifesaving GB