|Surf Life Saving|
26th April 2018
With the growth of seaside towns, there was also an increased popularity in swimming for leisure. Surf Life Saving started in Australia in approx. 1907 in response to the increasing number of drownings and accidents. Local residents formed voluntary patrols and alerts to educate people about the dangers of the sea and surf, as well as save lives. Fast forward to present day, and the Surf Life Saving organisation has really developed to become an established sport in its own right. Competitions have also grown to incorporate, Open Water events (beach and sea) and Still Water (swimming pools). These events cover all ages and skills including Surf Race, Rescue Board Race, Surf Ski Race, Torpedo Rescue Race, Inshore Rescue Boat Race, Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, Beach Flags, Beach Sprint and the 2K Run. Competitions are held Regionally along with National or International Championships. Members of the Hayle Surf Life Saving club have represented Great Britain team, England team and Cornwall Youth team. Last month Hayle Academy students took part in the Cardiff Pool Surf Lifesaving Championships 2018, in what was an extremely tough competition with 100 or more entrants in some of the age categories. Out of the 28 competing clubs, Hayle Surf Lifesaving Club came 18th. The Hayle Surf Life Saving Club was set up in 1961 following some fatalities at either end of Hayle beach - Gwithian and the Estuary. The club was made up of volunteers trained in rescue, resuscitation and first aid. Their task was to monitor beach conditions and warn swimmers of any danger. More than fifty years on, the club is still going strong and as popular as ever, saving countless swimmers and training hundreds of young people in this valuable service for the community. SURF LIFE SAVING IS A CRUCIAL SERVICE WITHIN EVERY COASTAL COMMUNITY AND COUNTLESS LIVES ARE SAVED EACH YEAR BY THESE COURAGEOUS VOLUNTEERS FROM AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE news LETTER IF YOU’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SURF LIFESAVING OR WOULD LIKE DETAILS ABOUT JOINING VISIT : HTTP://HAYLESLSC.CO.UK.