Posted on April 19, 2013
6 members of Gylly passed their beach lifeguard qualification after a 6 day intensive course. Gracie Dack, Rebecca Walters, Courtney-Lee Reid, Dan Luke, Rob Dick and Matt Casey have all been training with the club for several years, and achieved the Surf Life Saving GB recognized qualification last week.
The course includes lots of detailed content, including: first aid + resuscitation, the beach environment, lifeguarding techniques, rescue skills and lifeguard communications. Despite a lot of nerves on exam day, all 6 performed brilliantly and showcased all the skills needed to operate as a beach lifeguard.
“I am incredibly proud of everyone! Qualifying is not easy, and all 6 worked very hard throughout the week. I couldn’t fault any of them on the day.”
Matthew Stone, Club President and beach lifeguard trainer.
The participants were able to perfect their techniques at Gyllyngvase Beach and advance their surf skills at nearby north coast beaches. Falmouth Community Fire Station provided a classroom for all of the theory work, to which everyone is very grateful. Club trainers and beach lifeguards Matthew Stone, Melissa Reid and Allan Reid all gave up their time to help teach the group during the week. The Regional Lifesaving Officer for SLSGB, Alex Bowden, assessed and qualified everyone on the day.
The club has now qualified over 30 beach lifeguards since establishing in October 2008 and has 3 trainers and 1 assessor. The club is committed to providing professionally trained and highly skilled beach lifeguards to work and volunteer for the RNLI beach lifeguard service.