Our volunteer coaches. lifesavers and helpers deliver over 200 hours of training to around 300 children every year. Working in an inherently dangerous, dynamic environment we rely on parent helpers to support the coach and enable them to focus on participant development.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of the children in these groups. Each group is lead by a level 2 qualified coach. All coaches and regular helpers are DBS checked and we run an annual induction that focusses on safe session delivery. We recommend that all helpers work towards their level 1 coaching qualification and cover the cost of the course for volunteers who commit to helping out.

The resources below support the safe running of our sessions and should be read and followed by everyone involved.

Some basic information about the club and the framework for our coached sessions.
Training and Coaching Safety Guide
A clear and concise guide to running a safe, effective coaching session. This really is a “must read” for everyone involved.
Normal Operation Procedure
Stuff that should happen when we run a session.
Emergency Action Plan
How we can respond effectively when things go wrong.
Risk Assessment (Beach)
Our risk assessment for all coached youth sessions on the beach.
SLSGB Safeguarding Presentation
A brief introduction to safeguarding from SLSGB.
Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
All of us have a duty of care to ensure we create a safe, equal and happy environment that enables our young people to thrive in our communities and to become the lifesavers of the future.
Anti Bullying Policy
We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can benefit from the benefits of surf lifesaving without fear of bullying.
COVID-19 Modifications
“Adults and children can take part in outdoor sport with any number of participants, where it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body, business or charity) and follows COVID-secure guidance. This applies to organised outdoor (individual and team) sports, outdoor exercise classes, organised sports participation events and outdoor licensed physical activity”
Source: Govt Guidance

– All participants and coaches must bring their own rash vest to the session. Coaches will be supplied with a rash vest at their first session, participants will need to obtain a red rash vest prior to their first session.
– Where possible, avoid assembling groups on the surf-club forecourt. Consider using the beach or jubilee gardens where better distance can be maintained.
– Use of indoor spaces remains subject to additional controls. If using the training room, the maximum group size is 15 children and everyone over the age of 11 must wear a mask.
– NO EAV / rescue breaths should be simulated in training (except subject to the additional controls in the lifeguard training course). If using a manikin, it’s compressions only.
– Session lifeguards must have taken the additional SLSGB module on Covid-19 safe working practices and follow revised SOP in the event of an emergency.
– No forecourt BBQs / shared food.
– Changing areas and showers remain closed.


If you have any feedback on our coaching or want to get involved, please get in touch:

Safeguarding Emma Rogers & Emma Sandham
Lead Youth Coach Jamie Kent