Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club has been carrying out patrols at Gyllyngvase Beach in place of the RNLI service that was paused due to coronavirus restrictions.
More than 30 trained volunteers have patrolled in sun, rain and wind providing more than 400 hours of safety support between them. In that time volunteers have noticed that swimmers with tow floats are much easier to monitor than swimmers with high-visibility hats who often get hidden by waves and chop.
Thankfully the RNLI have now returned to Gyllyngvase beach, but the club will continue to provide a patrol service over summer evenings and October half term.
In order to provide an effective patrol the club needs essential equipment, such as hand sanitiser, beach signs, binoculars and VHF radios. The club is grateful to Swim Secure for providing whistles, which are vital for communication with beach users and other lifeguards.
To support the clubs fundraising efforts to purchase equipment for hard-working volunteers, please visit their CrowdFunder page Gyllyngvase Voluntary Beach Lifesaving Patrols