Sunderland lifeguard group is looking for volunteers

Members of the Sunderland Lifesaving club, Simon Almond, Josh Kidd, James Darke, Matthew Reader and Si Bristow  in training on Roker beach

Members of the Sunderland Lifesaving club, Simon Almond, Josh Kidd, James Darke, Matthew Reader and Si Bristow in training on Roker beach

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help set up a new lifeguard service in Sunderland.

Community-spirited people are required to join Sunderland Life Saving Club (SLSC), to help make Roker and Seaburn beaches safer places to visit all year round.

The club works closely with the RNLI and is looking to establish a new service.

Chairman Ant Kirkbride said: “We want to set up a volunteer lifeguard patrol team and provide lifeguard cover outside peak season on Sunderland’s beaches.

“This will mean qualified club members will give up their free time to patrol the local beaches around the summer season, and before or after the RNLI full-time lifeguards are in position.”

SLSC is run by volunteers who are passionate about keeping Wearside waters safe. It provides a variety of courses in pools and open water.

Courses include lifeguard training for pools and beaches, and training to become swimming teachers or lifeguard coaches.

A successful programme SLSC would like to be able to take further is the Rookie Lifeguard.

It is held every Sunday at the Raich Carter Centre and Roker Beach, and is aimed at eight to 11-year-olds as a follow-on from learning to swim.

It aims to teach youngsters life-saving skills, develop confidence and communication, and boost survival skills in the water.

“I am delighted at the progress the club has made over the past two years,” said Mr Kirkbride

“The club has rapidly expanded and it sees no sign of slowing down.

“We have a hard- working, committed team at the club who strive to provide the best training.

“This next financial year sees many changes to our plans for life saving.

“I would ask anyone who is interested in getting stuck in to get in touch.

“We are also looking for support from local businesses who like us, have a passion for helping the community around them.”

SLSC meets every Sunday during term-time at the Raich Carter Sports Centre, from 5pm to 8pm.

For more information or to get involved, e-mail training@sunderlandlc.co.uk, or visit www.sunderlandlc.co.uk.

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