Posted on June 15, 2015
Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club, thanks to the support of Falmouth Town Council, has a home to call its own. After 8 years of operating out of a rusting, old shipping container, the voluntarily led club have moved into two thirds of the previous toilet facility on the popular Falmouth beach. The remaining section will remain a unisex facility for the public’s use.
“It has taken a lot of hard work from everyone on the committee, helpful members, local contractors and the Town Council to allow the club to have a permanent storage facility in Falmouth” says club chairman, Matthew Stone.
“We are grateful to the generosity of the Gylly Beach Cafe for allowing the life saving club to store our equipment on their land to date. It has been a massive help. However, due to future plans on our previous site we needed to find a new home for the club.”
Gyllyngvase SLSC was founded in October 2008, with an interest in teaching life saving skills to the local community. They are now one of the largest participated clubs in the country. Through training with the club, members learn how to save lives in the sea. They teach the skills needed to qualify as a SLSGB Beach Lifeguard. From CPR and resuscitation, to board paddling, signals and rescue techniques. Once qualified, members are encouraged to volunteer or work on local beaches in the summer seasons with the RNLI Lifeguard service.
The club brings together all sorts of people in the community. Our nippers (7-12), juniors (13-19) and adults train at Gyllyngvase beach during the summer months and in the pool during the winter. All members have the opportunity to train on surf beaches as well as Gylly. Once a week they take our equipment to a local north coast beach to develop the surf skills and knowledge of our members.
Matthew Stone added, ‘So far, the club has qualified over 50 beach lifeguards. Our new storage facility will help to maintain our reputation for producing knowledgeable, skilled and competent lifeguards, serving the local community for years to come.’