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.

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Photo credit: Broadstairs SLSC

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.

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Several Club members taking part in a surf lifesaving competition – Photocredit: BSLSC

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.

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Club Instructors assisting with a Surflifesaving GB Lifeguard course at Viking Bay Photo credit: Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team

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.
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National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)

From time to time the club runs the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ). The course is designed to provide the learner with an introduction to all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resucitation (CPR), first aid, pool and open water skills.
The course is physically demanding and requires swimming to set times and lifting casualities in simulated rescue scenairo’s.  The NVBLQ comprises a variety of units and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
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Students on a beach lifeguard course carrying out a first aid drill under the watchful eye of an instructor

Pre-requisites:
  • 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.
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Units to be covered:
  • Beach Environment
  • Beach Patrolling
  • Working Practices
  • Communications
  • Basic Life Support
  • First Aid
  • Pool Based Practical
  • Foundation Tube Rescuer
  • Foundation Ocean Board Rescuer
When the club runs it’s NVBLQ course, the timetable will usually run daily between 8am – 6pm (subject to change). The course will involve a mixutre of training in the sea, beach, pool and classroom.
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Viking Bay

Each candidate will receive further joining instructions and information once allocated a space on a course. Previous courses have been advertised via the club’s social media platforms and booking can be completed via Eventbrite.  Successful com[pletion of the NVBLQ does not guarantee paid work with the RNLI Beach Lifeguard service, but it is one of the required qualifications to then be able to apply for a role within the RNLI.  For more information on the next course drop the club an email: broadstairs.slsc@gmail.com
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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

Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club

Apply to be an RNLI Lifeguard

Thanet Lifeguard Club

Learn how to ‘float to live’

Acknowledgments

The Instructors and members of Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club

Surf lifesaving GB

RNLI

HM Coastguard


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.